The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

Douglas is stranded in the ocean after a plane crash but is brought to Dr. Moreau's island by his assistant. Douglas soon learns that Moreau is genetically breading human and animal genes to create chimeras intended to serve humans as… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 28, 1997
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

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.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An often fascinating mess, but a mess all the same.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

In its final third, the movie goes to hell in more ways than Frankenheimer intended.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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.

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

There's the obese Brando pretending to be God while dressed in gauzy white robes like a demented pope

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Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online

The most exciting characters are killed off too early, and what we're left with is a Satan's "Seasme Street."

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Muddled effort.

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Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Amazingly, Kilmer delivers an odder performance than Brando. Creepy retelling.

Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 20% Flixster User Reviews
Joe McCall
I genuinely can't begin to describe how bizarre this movie is. I almost recommend it just for people to see how bad movies can get.
Wahida K
On a remote ISLAND in the South Pacific, the balance OF nature has been upset by the experiments of DR. MOREAU... with the key of science he's unlocked the… More
Ken Stachnik
Brando and Kilmer are both totally off their rockers in this. Kudos to Frankenheimer for just finishing this flawed, but slightly interesting film. Stan… More
Anthony Lawrie
Great cast, stupid film! The making of this film is far more interesting than the film itself. It goes down as being one of the most ?difficult? productions… More
Tim Salmons
Not that great.
JY Skacto
Despite having some good actors and a potentially good story, this adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel of the same name, doesn't really go… More