'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island' Critic Reviews

77%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   134 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    A kid-friendly special effects romp that will either give you a few chuckles or bore you senseless.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    The movie flies by pleasantly, and is then instantly forgettable. Perhaps Jules Verne can explain the science of that.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Neil Genzlinger New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    The usual escape-before-the-big-blast stuff ensues, augmented by some fairly tedious family dynamics.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Thoroughly daft and entertaining.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Don't expect anything resembling believability, but enjoy the blend of strikingly colorful visuals and banter between odd couple Johnson and Caine, which combine for a mild escapist treat.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John DeFore Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Sincerely tries to pay homage to the likes of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson but is too contaminated by today's tame sensibilities to make it fly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Even by the unambitious standards of some children's movies and many movies that star Caine, this one has a difficult time making a case for itself as anything other than an adventure in baby-sitting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Screenwriters Brian and Mark Gunn still have trouble scripting action sequences or dialogue that rises above "Let's do this" level.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Harkens back to so-bad-they're-fun '70s children's epics like "At the Earth's Core" and "The Land That Time Forgot."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Anderson Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The island locale rings with reggae music regardless of its proximity to Jamaica, and any action sequence is rendered in painfully deliberate slo-mo.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    ...the best that moviegoers who don't much enjoy genial sci-fi/fantasy silliness can expect is a relatively inoffensive time...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    It isn't a "good" movie in the usual sense (or most senses), but it is jolly and good-natured, and Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson are among the most likable of actors.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    It's only disguised as fun.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Surely the silliest outing for Caine since he swatted rampaging killer bees in the 1978 disaster flick "The Swarm."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    The equivalent of throwing "Jurassic Park," "Avatar" and the absolute worst episode ever of "Land of the Lost" in a blender and pushing "garble."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    Johnson can't save the movie, directed by Brad Peyton, from being a sloppy skip from one seemingly unrelated idea to the next.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Russell Edwards Variety (Top Critic)
    A fun though rarely funny family adventure whose lively special effects compensate somewhat for actors who largely sleepwalk through their roles.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    You know we're in serious trouble when even old pros such as Michael Caine and Luis Guzman can't do anything with the uninspired and unfunny script.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    A wretched shipwreck of a film that will appeal only to young minds of the most limited discernment and imagination.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    The visual effects are as artificial as the genially preposterous story, but the movie is all in fun, and painless for grownups.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    The Mysterious Island is everything a 12-year-old boy could want - endless adventure involving a reckless adolescent hero, with a pretty girl in a clinging T-shirt around to watch him struggle.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Megan Lehmann Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    As the band of adventurers skips from one supersized Survivor-like challenge to the next, one can't help feeling the creative potential of Verne's vision is wasted.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    38
    The presence of actors as good as Caine and Guzman only highlights how dreadful and dumb the banter is.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Blithely idiotic...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Carty Flix Capacitor
    40
    As silly and childish as you might expect, but Johnson ensures that it's watchable through presence and charm alone.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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