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Based on 14 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A mostly compelling documentary about that rarest of breeds, an appealing politician. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Jon Shenk's fascinating documentary feature The Island President personalizes the threat of global warming, and nationalizes it too, by focusing on Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives. show more

  • 75
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    The film successfully positions its point of view with the developing countries that suffer the most immediate consequences of global warming rather than the developed countries most responsible for climate change and from whose citizenry Jon Shenk's prospective audience is likely to be drawn. show more

  • 80
    Patrick Peters Empire

    A fascinating insight into the disparity between rich and poor, and powerful nations and their less muscle-flexing neighbours. And, unless you're a fish, it's also pretty darn scary. show more

  • 80
    Boxoffice Magazine

    A gripping new documentary that's essential viewing for anybody who believes that the impact of global warming is tomorrow's problem. show more

  • 80
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    Could Nasheed be the political Prospero to save the island – and the planet? Well, now he is out of power, and the Copenhagen summit was a disappointment. Perhaps his advocacy will help to bring the climate change issue back into political fashion. show more

  • 80
    Total Film

    Nasheed may be a small fish in a big geopolitical pond, but his enterprise and optimism are a welcome complement to eco doc doom and gloom. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    It's fascinating to be so close to a then-sitting head of state as he negotiates for his homeland's survival, and the news that Nasheed was recently deposed in a coup by Gayoom loyalists makes the hard-won victories he did secure all the more poignant. show more

  • 90
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Nasheed has traveled the world describing the Maldives as the Poland of global warming - meaning, of course, Poland in 1939. If his country cannot be saved from rising sea levels, he maintains, then there may be no saving Tokyo or Mumbai or New Orleans or New York. show more

  • 70
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    The hope that infuses this movie makes it all the more upsetting to walk out of the theater and contemplate a looming disaster that the world's leaders seem unable to prevent. show more

  • December 13, 2012 gc00000000133712
    Report This User

    Its sad that we will only realize that we are destroying our world when its too late...

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