“Would You Worther Go To Cinema To See This And Waste 10 Dollars Or Buy It On Dvd For 2 Dollars Id Say Neither, Worst Comic Adaptation, Worst Sequel But SIlver Surfer Ruled And Looked Great On Screen, Shame About The Rest”
“THE ULTIMATE FANTASTIC 4 MOVIE HAS ARRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“A Lot Better Than The First Bad Movie.”
“Fagtastic Four:rise Of The Silver Sucker”
“Better Than The First....”
“If You Had To Choose Between Turning Gay Or Seeing THIS Movie Then Pick Gay.”
“" One Word... Sucked!"”
“Silver Surfer Yes!!!!!!!!!! He Comes Along With A Cloud Huh A Frekin Cloud!!!!!!”
“The Fantastic 4 Are Fantastic!!”
“The Ending Ruined It ”
“Better Then First”
“Better Than The First”
“Stick To The Comic Books On This One”
“Superior In Almost Every Way To The First Film But Still Needs Improvement”
“A Surprisingly Exciting Movie That Is Miles Ahead Of The Original.”
“Wish There Was A Little More To It”
“Fantastic ' I Love U Jessica Alba No Offense' Sucked”
“Cheesy For Sure”
“Really Good! It Surpassed The First One!”
“The Surf, Here, Offers Only So-so Sets...predictable And Mildly Enjoyable.”
“This Movie Is So Predictable And Cliché, There's Really No Point In Seeing It Unless You're Into Masochism And Get Pleasure From Pain.”
If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you'd have the Fantastic Four franchise.
Scott Brown - Entertainment Weekly
Rise of the Silver Surfer is an existentially and aesthetically unnecessary sequel to the equally irrelevant if depressingly successful Fantastic Four.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
It's all very silly and the Four's life together has all the gravitas of an episode of the Monkees. Entertaining, though.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Once you accept that Fantastic Four is not trying to be anything deeper than popcorn fare, the ride can be fun -- with an ending more satisfying than Spider-Man 3.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
Sentient humans should stay away; all others may enter confident that their IQs are already in the Chernobyl-fried range and will not be affected, except for downward.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The Marvel comic book this movie is based on was never as sitcom-ish as the two films it's inspired.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Much better than the original.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
The film fails to sustain its modest running time of 87 minutes.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, our heroes get what they deserve: a decent action flick with a jolt of visual wow.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Better than its juvenile predecessor.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
At times silly and then serious, this Fantastic Four is the cinematic equivalent of multiple personality disorder.
Misha Davenport - Chicago Sun-Times
It is passable comic book stuff, dumb and loud. Loud. LOUD.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The first movie's genesis story was more fun than the perfunctory doomsday scheme trotted out here.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Although FF:ROTSS comes from the same place as Spider-Man (New York, and Marvel editor Stan Lee's noggin), this sequel to the 2005 Fantastic Four debut is lackluster, even by comparison to the lackluster Spider-Man 3.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The target audience appears to be Cartoon Network fans. Anyone outside that category is likely to find Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer a dull slog no avalanche of razzle-dazzle digital hooey can camouflage.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Yes, the too-hot Alba is still miscast, and the film suffers from clumsy moments. But when it soars, it soars, and it is both blessedly brief and bloodless.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Beyond a few good special-effects sequences - notably the Human Torch chasing the Silver Surfer between skyscrapers, the movie is uniformly vanilla. When the heroes aren't polishing their super-skills, they sit around and complain about their lot in life.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Faithfully mining one of the Marvel franchise's more intriguing mythologies, the sequel proves every bit as disposable as its predecessor, with even less character definition and several tons more poundage in the f/x department.
Justin Chang - Variety
These B-list demigods are so proudly, intergalactically mediocre that both the 2005 original and the follow-up tend to disable my super-snark beam.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it clips along, entertains, and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a vast and significant improvement -- if not quite "fantastic," then the next best thing: It does not suck.
Rob Salem - Toronto Star
Unlike the recent spate of blackened threequels, those bottom-of-the-bag Spideys and Shreks and Pirates and Oceans, this kernel does pop.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is more ambitious than its predecessor. It's also more cluttered and less fleet: The light, pleasingly casual quality of the first picture has evolved into something forced and metallic.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
An off-brand superhero movie, the cinematic equivalent of one of those generic breakfast cereals with a badly drawn squirrel for a mascot.
Dana Stevens - Slate
For non comic book fans over the age of 13, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a tedious, incoherent bore. For comic book fans of any age, it is an atrocity.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Maybe it has something to do with seriously diminished expectations, but Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is an improvement of sorts over the lifeless 2005 edition.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Amid all the vapid dialogue and visual fireworks, the performances seem like afterthoughts, particularly those of Gruffudd and Alba.
David Germain - Associated Press
It's not egregiously awful like the first film. Just plain awful in that formula way that kills your spirit and all hope for summer movies.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Earnest, gee-whiz and foursquare, this simple and intentionally inoffensive sequel gets points for being easy to take and scrupulously avoiding obvious sources of irritation.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A little tastier but still far from a gourmet feast.
Scott Huver - Hollywood.com
Boring is the deal.
Dave White - Movies.com
Despite some gratuitous allusions to Gitmo, the third-rate effects and the two-bit characters make this a summer wipeout.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
When Jessica Alba was at the MTV Movie Awards she called Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer the best family/comedy of the summer. That alone should spell disaster for a superhero film.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
It doesn't suck. Or maybe I went into the theater with such low expectations that it couldn't possibly be as bad as my imagination had concocted.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Parents longing for entertaining and intelligent family superhero fare would be much better served renting 2005's Zathura or Sky High.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
While the gags are aimed squarely at a family audience, there's nothing wrong with that and this is certainly a film you could take even tiddlers to without worrying they are going to have nightmares later.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Can't anyone in comic book movies come up with new villains anymore?
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
While the Silver Surfer cushions the blow, this is a sequel I can ultimately throw away...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
This sequel is out, overall succumbing to the weaknesses of the first movie, which, once again, relegates it to sitting at the kids' table at the gathering of comic book movies.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Much better than the first; OK for tweens and up.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
The same kind of lightweight but well executed comic book-based romp as its predecessor.
John Hazelton - Screen International
For a film that's supposed to be playful, it's an awful, tedious drudge.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Characters to love, story to hate.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A big-budget bust, and while it isn't as awful as its lame 2005 predecessor, it does come close to achieving the former film's sense of decay.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
I have read many of the legitimate criticisms of this sequel, and I agree with them, and I do not care.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
As the Surfer rises, so too does this franchise.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
While not entirely fantastic, this Four is fun, fast-paced, and family friendly.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A merciful dearth of plot in favor of mindless set pieces, so-so effects work and passable PG-rated humor.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Of all the summer's big-budget action sequels, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is the least painful.
Armond White - New York Press
With the wedding ruined and the future of the world at stake, it's showtime. Suddenly, Tim Story goes CGI crazy delivering scene after scene of edge-of-your-seat action that will make your eyeballs bleed.
Johnny Vaughan - Sun Online
While it might be better than the first one, it still sucks.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
I didn't care for the first one either.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Rise of the Silver Surfer is both relentlessly dull and curiously bombastic.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The film's effects people perform many miracles, from draining the River Thames to ensuring that the Thing produces a convincing smile. But one thing they can't do is to make the unfailingly wholesome Mr Fantastic and friends worth worrying about.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Uma experiencia consideravelmente melhor do que o original %u2013 o que, na pratica, e o mesmo que dizer que e "melhor" ser abocanhado por um leao faminto do que por dois.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The makers of the franchise better find something more interesting for their four heroes to do -- and quick.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
The silver surfer is an outstanding competitor for sci-fi superhumanity's best concepts and affords the series a sweeping interplanetary scale.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
somehow Jessica Alba's acting has taken a turn for the worse, and Chris Evans has the audacity to only take his shirt off for three seconds
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Entertaining enough to earn a passing grade, but it could have been a lot better.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It's PG-rated summer popcorn fluff at its best, and while the new additions might irritate the hardcore FF fanatics, those simply looking for a check-your-brain-at-the-door night out at the movies will certainly surf away satisfied.
Erik Davis - Cinematical
Suddenly the Surfer, erstwhile intergalactic villain, is made into a Guantanamo-like victim. The image gives brief pause, suggesting that distraction by trivial, tabloidy celebrity events allows terrible injustice to prevail. Not to worry though: the Four
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Slightly improved over the original, Rise of the Silver Surfer provides some better-than-average visual effects, but an inconsequential plot.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
The performances are plywooden, the cornball visual gags are groanworthy, and Tim Story still can't direct his way out a sack with a map.
David Fear - Time Out New York
...[this] second episode could hardly help being an improvement.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It takes no risks, so it leads nowhere.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Anything more would be cheating the great wide swaths of gibbering no-brow-bia: the baseball-cap-askew-nation, text-messaging their way through the dead spots.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Impressive not because of anything that's said, but for the realization that you're watching the screen be dominated by Jessica Alba and a piece of CGI without ever once experiencing the urge to gnaw through your own shoulder.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
The good news is that it doesn't think it's Shakespeare, Citizen Kane and grand opera all rolled into one. The bad news is that it still isn't any good.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It's perplexing to see the comic that pioneered naturalism and college-audience ambience dumbed down into a cartoony joke.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
If ever a film franchise needed to come equipped with a Reboot button, it's this one.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Far more entertaining and ambitious than its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a surprisingly effective summer movie and a huge improvement over the lackluster 2005 original.
Stax - IGN Movies
With its goofy-ass combat scenes and sitcom-level dialogue, Rise of the Silver Surfer is aimed squarely at the 12-and-under crowd.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Rise of the Silver Surfer isn't a huge improvement, and it doesn't even try to reinvent the wheel, but its minor upgrades here and there make a cumulative difference.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It's a good thing Jessica Alba is easy on the eyes because she belly flops onto the craft of acting like a big black anvil.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
...the movie has all the depth of a video game. These aren't people. They're not even interesting characters. They're game pieces.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Has some serious flaws - like that abortion of an ending but they get the essence of the comic book correct and butcher a pivotal story arc in the process.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
It's funnier and splashier than the original, but I still can't quite recommend it.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
'Silver Surfer' features more eye-popping special effects than the first Fantastic 4 movie, but the story comes across like a Saturday morning kiddie cartoon.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Once again, the action feels pedestrian, the special effects simply aren't that special and the acting is nearly nonexistent.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
The worst comic book adaptation since, well, since Fantastic Four 1. An unimaginative disaster that takes forever to end, as if the celluloid is being stretched by Mr. Fantastic to make the movie last ten times longer than ninety minutes.
Kam Williams - EURWeb
Surfer is just as lousy on every level as its predecessor.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
It's still not fantastic. But I wouldn't be surprised if, eventually, there weren't four of these.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Peppier than the stale original from 2005, and it's sprinkled with more eye candy, but no one will mistake it for brain food.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
With a livelier script and stronger production values, this sequel far outdoes the 2004 original.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Yet another disappointing sequel in a summer filled with far too many of them.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Maintains the tongue-in-cheek quality of the first film without falling into camp.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Within their chosen limits, the moviemakers strive to give the Silver Surfer his due.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Capably blends action, sci-fi and comedy into one colorful concoction.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Many complaints were lobbed at Fantastic Four but no one ever suggested it was too smart. Yet it would seem that everyone came to the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, determined to dumb it down.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The dialogue is dumb drivel, the acting is atrocious and the bodaciously buff title character looks like a shiny hood ornament.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Sure, the CGI work is all pro and the Silver Surfer effect is a cool visual but the dumb lines and forced chemistry just don't cut it.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
I had a few laughs, I enjoyed the elaborate special effects, the characters are entertaining and unpretentious, and I got out of the theater in about 90 minutes.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
KAPOW! The world's most boring superheroes return to lull us back to sleep in a sequel that could put the makers of Nytol out of business.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
DAZZLING GLOBE-SKIPPING, LANDMARK-BASHING ACTION
Tae Mawson - BBC
You don't walk out of Rise of the Silver Surfer feeling as if you've gone three rounds with the Thing. This is a case where getting less than you bargained for feels like a victory.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is an enjoyable sequel that delivers humour, likeable characters, great special effects and plenty of comic book-style action, though fans hoping for a glimpse of Galactus should prepare for disappointment.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it gets a whole lot better. Fantastic 2 may not hold a candle to Marvel's crown jewels, but by dialling down the camp it at least makes amends for its dreary predecessor.
Dean Essner - Total Film
Tim Story seems on the verge of "getting" it by introducing two of the comic-book series' most involving characters, , but fails in creating a satisfying back story, or any story at all for that matter.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
It's interesting how societal change is reflected in movies. Not long ago, a mainstream movie wouldn't have portrayed the legitimate U.S. military openly torturing a prisoner.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Compared with its predecessor, the new movie contains less silliness to offend purists. At the same time, there isn't much to thrill anyone, either.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
The most flat out fun you'll have watching any superhero movie this year.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
As superhero experiences go, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is mundane. It's not funny enough to be a spoof, but it's also not deep enough to hold any intrigue.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
It's all quite harmless, the shape-shifting plot does not extend much beyond 90 minutes, and Alba still looks good in a jumpsuit. We've seen it before, we'll see it again.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Bad dialogue, bad acting, and a boring storyline make Fantastic Four 2 just one more entry in a growing list of unnecessary and ill-conceived sequels.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Clocking in at a mere yet mighty 92 minutes, this superior sequel to 2005's Fantastic Four skillfully crams loads of action, humor and even (gasp!) character development into its short but sweet flight of comic-book inspired fantasy.
Brian McTavish - Kansas City Star
Rise is exactly what a superhero movie should be: an entertaining, family-friendly popcorn flick with even doses of humor, heroism and heart.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
If not exactly meriting the term "fantastic" yet, this second installment is a slight improvement over the first film. Things take off more quickly, Reed Richards is less dour and the villain is the Silver Surfer, cooler and more intruiging. The premise
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
None of these allegedly "fantastic" heroes has any gravitas… Far from inspiring admiration, they don't rise even to the level of thinking, acting and relating like grown-ups.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
As far as minor triumphs go, at least Story's disposable film is shrewd enough to understand, embrace, and then stay true to its iconic comic book source material's lighthearted spirit.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
In the universe of dark and gloomy superheroes, this foursome are still dipping into the lighter side of fantastic.
Will Lawrence - thelondonpaper
But for the second film, Story and company have smartly turned to one of Marvel's most intriguing characters, the Silver Surfer (body by Doug Jones, voice courtesy of Laurence Fishburne).
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
too dull to be fun, too inept to be engaging, and too low-rent FX-wise to be dazzling
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It might not be the end-all, be-all of comic book movies, but it's undeniably great summer fun for all ages.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
The makers of 'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' have managed to improve their storytelling. But that's like saying that "Ghost Rider" improves when viewed in the IMAX format.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
something we haven't seen in comic book movies in recent years - an honest attempt to capture the childhood essence of the fantasy
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Like its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer seems intentionally B-grade, a happy gap-filler between more prestigious comic-book films.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Director Tim Story does the same sort of efficient, impersonal job he did on the first movie, keeping things at such a basic, almost childish level that it seems the movie is aimed squarely, if not exclusively, at the 12-and-under set.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Less than fantastic.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Kids will probably have a blast - but pity their parents having to explain afterwards what exactly those American federal agents were doing torturing a gurneyed prisoner in a secret Siberian base.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
Fantastic? Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. Thrilling, engaging and totally adequate are more fitting adjectives to the latest superhero special effects bonanza.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
This is one of those superhero movies in which the superheroes are not nearly as charismatic as the villain. Luckily for this sequel, the Silver Surfer is on the scene.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
While it's a little bit better than the first FF movie, this one trivializes the epic sci-fi stature of the story with the same bad acting, witless "witty" dialogue and drama-leeching tone.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
The banter between characters is laboured and unfunny, while there is also a pointless in-joke involving Stan Lee, creator of the original comic, being turned away from Storm's marriage. You may wish to turn away from this exercise in coercive banality.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
The series needs to find its place or just give up.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Rise of the Silver Surfer is impressively mounted and bursting with playful, spectacular special effects.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Yeah Johnny, it's got a Hemi. Too bad the rest of your movie is such a broken-down lemon.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Catering for its young target market, the film is lively and fun, as it delivers big stunts, a predictably so-so story and some jovial humour that keeps our superheroes grounded
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
What we get in the end is a lightweight reworking of superhero boilerplate -- megalomania, high-stakes confrontation and obscene spending on special effects.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A slight but enjoyable bit of sci-fi popcorn that's mostly Marvelous just for being watchable, considering it's the sequel to one of the more irritating films of the 21st century.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
Rise of the Silver Surfer is roughly 300 percent less cringe-inducing than its predecessor.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Fantasy pictures needn't be bound by the constraints of real-world logic, but they can't survive the quotidian blandness by which this one is smothered.
Kurt Loder - MTV
If not entirely a downer, this is no topper.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
As was the case with the inept 2005 original, the sequel is a shallow, shoddy, slap-dash mess of ideas and performances.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Especially when viewed through an agreeable lens of adolescent wonderment, it gets a lot more right than its predecessor.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Silver Surfer is watchable. But make no mistake. It's for younger filmgoers.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A reading from the Books of Marvel...And the Surfer passed through buildings and buses with a squish...And Twentieth Century Fox said that it was good.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Everything about this superhero sequel surpasses the original by a long shot.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
While contemporary superhero movies have evolved to dive deeper into the darker motivations, feeling and actions of the subjects, The Fantastic Four are content to be the hackneyed vaudeville act with old, stale jokes
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Superficial, unimaginative and inert. The so-called heroes are pompous, one-note caricatures who have the depth of gnats, and are just as irritating.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
This follow-up to the much-reviled Fantastic Four is cheerfully stupid, shallow and, frankly, more than a little tedious.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This humdrum collection of comic book characters ... makes you long for the thrilling adventures of someone called, say, The Accountant.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
As summer franchise superhero flicks go, it's tolerable.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
...the film essentially offers up more of the same; more bad jokes, more predictable plot twists, and more ill-conceived action sequences.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The movie plays out like a particularly unfunny, dysfunctional family sitcom and features even less action than its predecessor.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
When will the people who adapt comic books into films realize that less can be so much more?
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
[D]umb and tedious and puny and petty and idiotic and wrapped up so tightly in its own acquiescence of its own irrelevance that even the end of all life on Earth can be no big deal... Don't get your spandex in a bunch, dude.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Of all the Marvel-spawned screen franchises, the Fantastic Four is the most puerile, reducing as it does this smartly quirky comic book quartet to a fourth-grade primer in dysfunctional family psychology.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Surfing down the face of a building or opening bottomless holes in the Earth? Yes! Lamenting the loss of his loved one and trading therapy sessions with Sue? No!
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
It's a vast improvement over 2005's laughably dim-witted superhero tale, though it still lacks any major high-stakes excitement or surprises.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Compared to the best superhero movies, the best that can be said of this flyweight effort is that it's unpretentious. But then it has a great deal to be unpretentious about.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Unlike many recent superhero movies, Silver Surfer doesn't have a heavy, overblown quality. For the most part, it's light and playful (and short, clocking in at a brisk 90 minutes).
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The film spends too much time on peripheral distractions and shallow personal problems, and not enough establishing the scope, scale and sense of awe its cosmic events merit.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As before, it's tough to know how much of the movie's hambone acting, Saturday-morning-cartoon dialogue and pubescent sexual innuendo are accidental and how much by design.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Someone should tell Fantastic Four that it's live action and not a cartoon.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The film hinges entirely on these gigantic, yet straightforward, simple conflicts, resulting in little or no emotional involvement in the characters.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Rise of the Silver Surfer doesn't aspire to much. It just happens to have the three things it needs -- velocity, artistry and a pretty good story.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
The worst part? The door is left wide open for part three.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
At last! A comic-book block-buster that doesn't feel the need to justify its own existence with ponderous philosophical subtext and bloated running times.
Kevin Maher - Times [UK]
... (Director Tim) Story can't sustain anything resembling a mood, let alone a sense of gravity.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Bigger, better and more polished than the first, with a quite satisfactory ratio of action set-pieces and a lot of juvenile japery squarely aimed at its PG and fanboy audience.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
The best thing about this naive, corny sequel, which is only slighly better-produced than the original, is its brevity.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
They should have called Galactus Twistus instead because he appears as a left-over special effect from Twister . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page