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

This is the third movie to bring parts of early 20th-century writer H.G. Wells' book The Island of Dr. Moreau to the screen. Earlier versions (1933, 1977) adhered more closely to the story than this one does. Douglas (David Thewlis) is… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 23, 1996
DVD Release Date: August 28, 1997
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Critic Score: 22% 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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Muddled effort.

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Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (

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

Jason Bailey

Roughly akin to watching a slow-motion train wreck in which the flames spread into the brush and become an out-of-control wildfire. What the hell happened?

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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."

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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
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
Tim Salmons
Not that great.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Unintentionally funny because of Marlon Brando and his mini-me's weird costumes and acting. A curiosity of a movie which seems like an unnecessary remake,… More