Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Reviews

  • 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

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