Fantastic Four Reviews

  • Fantastic Four is terribly miscast. It's poorly written, visually uninteresting, and worst of all, boring. The film drags considerably. There are huge gaps without any action and it brings the pacing to an unbearable crawl.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • This clumsy, cheesy, chintzy adaptation, with its F/X that look dated the moment you see them, is like something left over from the '60s, the heyday of Marvel's longest-running series.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Compared with the psychological probing and spiritual brooding of Batman Begins, Fantastic Four is proudly dumb, loud and inconsequential.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • There's nothing terribly fantastic about this ho-hum futuristic foray.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A funky, fun film version of the famous Marvel superhero concoction.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • The whole thing lacks oomph and identity.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • A bad superhero comedy that takes its time going nowhere.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Before the inevitable and surprisingly anticlimactic battle with Doom, we are treated to two extreme-sports demonstrations, several training montages, [and] an ill-advised love triangle.

    Matt Singer — Village Voice

  • You don't expect realism from a comic-book movie, but you do want the characters to seem larger than life. Here, they look like contestants at a costume party.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • [The writers are] so busy setting up the premise that they barely get around to exploiting it.

    Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle

  • Rarely terrible, let alone memorable, it's a brutally average piece of disposable summer entertainment that fades from the mind like some hazy, half-sleeping dream.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • The kind of don't-ask- too-many-questions action-hero movie where the humor is tasty and the FX are wicked-cool.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • The really good superhero movies, like Superman, SpiderMan 2 and Batman Begins, leave Fantastic Four so far behind that the movie should almost be ashamed to show itself in the same theaters.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It certainly looks stunning, and there's even a try at injecting some human drama and strong emotion into the action stew.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • Marvel Comics continues to empty out its stable of superheroes with this entertaining tale.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • If you want to see how members of a family that's fraught with discord and dysfunction learn about teamwork and the nature of kin -- and dispatch bad guys in the process -- rent The Incredibles.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A film that's nowhere near as fantastic as it should be. Something's missing. And that something is most likely a strong director.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The radiation-altered members of the Fantastic Four don't show their humanity. Rather, the superpowered quartet is little more than a bland collection of four-color caricatures.

    Michael Senft — Arizona Republic

  • A wildly uneven, sporadically slapdash action-adventure that amuses in fits and starts.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • A perfect storm of wooden acting, hackneyed direction, inane scripting and laughably cartoonish special effects produces a shapeless mess more wearyingly stupid than arch-villian Dr. Doom is evil.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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