The Island of Dr. Moreau
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On a remote tropical island, Dr. Moreau has appointed himself ruler over a menagerie of genetic mutants fashioned in his gene-splicing chamber of horrors. The products of his misguided attempt to create a more "pure" human species, the man-beasts worship Moreau as their god and "father" and live by his code of law -- a code rigidly enforced by radio-operated implants in their bodies capable of inflicting pain and death. Into this surreal nightmare arrives UN negotiator Edward Douglas (David Thewlis), the sole survivor of an airplane crash. Douglas is brought ashore on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie keeps switching focus without ever getting its bearings, and when Brando exits earlier than expected, there's little but mayhem to fall back on."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"An often fascinating mess, but a mess all the same."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"In its final third, the movie goes to hell in more ways than Frankenheimer intended."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Uneven; definitely has its moments."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's not to say there's not a lot wrong with the film, but rather to suggest that the chief criticisms of it being strange and "a mess" aren't among them."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"There's the obese Brando pretending to be God while dressed in gauzy white robes like a demented pope"
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The most exciting characters are killed off too early, and what we're left with is a Satan's "Seasme Street.""
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"Muddled effort."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Amazingly, Kilmer delivers an odder performance than Brando. Creepy retelling."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"I'm sure it looked good on paper. That and Kilmer's frighteningly apt mimicry of Brando's voice are about the only positive things I can say."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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