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
A popcorn popper, a cinematic sugar buzz. And blessedly so.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Fantastic it ain't, but not bad it sort of is.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
A not-so-bad mindless bit of camp escapism that doesn't try to eclipse its dime-store comic book roots.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
It exists largely to entertain and delight, which used to be precisely what summer blockbusters were engineered to do.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
An overinflated B-movie with no grace, no subtext, no wit, and featuring beefcake/cheesecake actors who look like they've been plucked from the soaps.
David Edelstein - Slate
This movie is more like a B-grade comic book adaptation than the A-list production it should have been.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
In trying to nail just the right mix of comic book action, comedy and pathos, the movie emerges as a tone-deaf mishmash of underdeveloped characters, half-baked humor and unhatched plotting drenched in CGI overkill.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
More superhero sitcom than comic book adventure, the movie lacks a strong, dramatic through-line.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Some comics just shouldn't be turned in to movies...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Director Tim Story ("Barbershop") sets an uneven tempo for the embarrassingly clunky script by Michael France ("Hulk") and Mark Frost ("Storyville").
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The film is made in the internet equivalent of capital letters and its simplistic morality stands out on the big screen more so than on the small page.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
An opportunity squandered by Marvel, which really needs to watch its quality control more closely.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Four-play without any climax.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
The film is affable enough, though nothing much seems to be at stake.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
After the recent crop of enjoyable superhero movies, this is just an embarassment.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
A better than average comic book effort.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Tim Story gives the Marvel comics superheroes the Barbershop treatment.
Kam Williams - Princeton Town Topics
Shows how filmmaking through market research, screenwriting by committee, and over-dependence on moviemaking technology can result in huge, colourful, loud but totally vacuous and heartless movies.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Not all comic-book films have to be as weighty and angst-filled as a graphic novel. Fantastic Four is neither fantastic nor incredible, but it's entertaining nonetheless.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
Fantastic it most certainly ain't.
Mark Salisbury - Time Out
Finally, a movie that explores what happens when a group of people who can't get along find themselves freakishly mutated by cosmic radiation!
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
...there is little sense of wonder or excitement in Fantastic Four. It is merely a middling contender among a surplus of superhero movies.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Aqui lo que cuenta es tener una buena bolsa de palomitas y dejarse llevar por la nostalgia del cuarteto mas famoso del mundo despues de Los Beatles. Solo eso.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
When the playboy, joke-around character is the best part of the film, you know you have problems.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Not all that exciting to watch, let me tell you.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A garish mediocrity.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Never goes deeper than the ink on a comic book
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
If the equally naive Superman were released today, would it receive a similarly cold reception?
Joshua Tyler - Cityview (Des Moines, Iowa)
[A]part from some undeniably slick effects ... the wow factor in this movie is surprisingly minute ... [O]nly Julian McMahon's nefarious psycho, Dr. Doom, shows real promise here.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Light, brisk, fun, daring, then an awesome bridge crash scene! Then it's down hill from there. Still, just barely above average.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Director Tim Story manages to give it no character whatever, with the casting making things worse.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Let's hope the follow-ups turn out to be better -- they could hardly be worse.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
Not a great film but a good opening chapter... a film about a superhero family that's actually a family-friendly superhero film.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The FF are unpretentious and nerdy and they bicker with each other, giving the film a loose, buoyant quality in between action sequences.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
No disgrace, but it's far from a classic either.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Entertainment as junk food: enjoyable as it goes down, if not particularly good for us, and it doesn't stand a Yugo's chance in the Indy 500 of lingering in our memories.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
It puts a smile on your face and you can't resist the charming nature of the film.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
It is, in no way, an improvement over the unreleased Roger Corman version from 1994.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
About 100 times more enjoyable than Daredevil.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The protagonists of this film certainly deserved a better fate.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A fantastic bore.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
After this lackluster outing, the thought of a sequel is a stretch even Mr. Fantastic might not be able to make.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Fantastic Four is a popcorn movie that delivers a fluffy, buttery treat
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The only story you'll find in Fantastic Four is the one attached to the last name of its director.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
A Fantastic Bore. Foursome marred by lousy writing and directing
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
The result is hardly fantastic, but it is quite a lot of fun.
Nev Pierce - BBC
On its own terms, Fantastic Four is a pretty lousy movie, but it looks even worse coming on the heels of so many recent first-rate comic book adaptations.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Tim Story -- who, based on his previous work in the small-scale Barbershop and the painfully poor Taxi, was clearly the wrong man for this job.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
With a sort of backdoor approach to superherodom, another comic strip from the minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby hits the celluloid.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A fairly dull, thoroughly mediocre adventure--hardly the cinematic treatment Marvel's first family deserves.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Ten years in the making, and this is all we get?
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Fantastic? Uh ... hardly. "Fantastic Four" was No. 1 at the box office because of a good old-fashioned advertising campaign.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Tim Story's screen adaptation of the Marvel comic is cheesy in production values; it's the clash of personalities that makes the film in any way fantastic.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
The feature is neither disappointing, nor memorable. It is just average, which is something a superhero or band of heroes cannot be.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
An obnoxious movie in which potential adventure is sideswiped in favor of watery characters and dialogue that feels like it was lifted from five or six reality shows.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
...another comic book movie with a lot of special effects. ...a complete waste of time.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Too insipid to live.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
There were some things to like about F4 scattered throughout. The ingredients were all there, but the chefs need to be replaced
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
It's not particularly fantastic, but Fantastic Four is passable summer popcorn fare.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Fantastic Four functions at the level of a below average Saturday-morning cartoon.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
There are four different movies in The Fantastic Four struggling to get out.
D.K. Holm - Movie Poop Shoot
Despite a good cast, this is a badly made film that only barely works as brainless filler.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Unlike most recent comic-book adaptations, Fantastic Four doesn't think it's about anything. In fact, it's doubtful that the film thinks, period.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Superheroes are only as good as the supervillain, so let's get these forces clashing early on and often.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Weighted down with a turgid story and utterly middling special effects, The Fantastic Four isn't likely to be Stan Lee's favorite of the nearly dozen Marvel Comics adaptations either out already or on their way.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Fantastic Four is left passing off dopey comedy and performances as playfulness.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
If exposure to cosmic rays made all women look like Jessica Alba, then every Lifetime movie should glow green.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Heaven forbid a summer blockbuster embrace its popcorn-munching appeal and rescue the industry from the 2005 box office slump.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
If I were to put the same amount of effort into my review that the folks behind Fantastic Four expended trying to entertain you, the rest of this page would be blank.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
We know what comic book movies are capable of being. They can have greatness in them. Fantastic Four has nothing more than okay-ness.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Along the lines of such tongue-in-cheek action films as “Sahara” and “National Treasure.”
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
After such recent downers as 'War of the Worlds' and 'Dark Water,' this campy film version of Marvel's longest-running comic book series is a breath of fresh air.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Fantastic Four is a special-effects extravaganza, but its plot is mired in issues that only schoolboys care about.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
A lack of pretense shouldn't mean a lack of wit or excitement...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The perfect summertime movie. Munch your popcorn and let your senses absorb all the fantastic fun.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Bland performances throughout. And really, who wants to make Jessica Alba the invisible girl? What a bad idea. I want her to be visible at all times.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A lousy excuse for a big-budget action film.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
It's kind of incredible how little happens in this movie.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
One wonders if an added character named Sleeperman would consider joining the crew because then this simplistic sci-fi dud could have been dubbed as Fantastic Snore
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Metza-metza. The FF is just not that fantastic t'all...
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
So corny, cheesy and second-rate, the infamous 1994 version isn't looking so bad after all.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Far less than fantastic.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The best of the comic book movies in recent years have demonstrated that thrills and spectacle don't have to be strangers to wit and grace.
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
As Marvel comics fans already know, being zapped by a radioactive cloud in outer space alters your DNA according to your sense of self.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Chiklis breathes fresh life into perhaps the silliest comic book character adapted for the big screen with a genuine humanity that can be felt even through the bulky foam costume.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
The key to the success of Marvel Comics adaptations is that even as the characters have fantastic powers, they remain ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It's certainly an adequate summer popcorn movie.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Michael Chiklis won't have to put on that uncomfortable Thing outfit again.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Reducing a summer blockbuster to the scale of a primetime sitcom is novel, but it isn't admirable.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Lacking any coherent vision, of all the recent movies derived from comic books, this is among the weakest.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Fantasticamente ignominiosa pero culpablemente entretenida
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
The film is entertaining and moves along at a good clip, but when you reach the anticlimactic ending, you realize that nothing really happened, and that for every cool scene there was a badly directed one.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Fantastic Four is anything but, and should serve as an indication that maybe its time to put the brakes on the current avalanche of comic book adaptations.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
A movie that never delivers on its premise; a movie that takes promising character dynamics and gullet-stuffs them with idiot dialogue; a movie that will alienate all but the wee and easily impressed with its frequent lurches into stupidity.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
A fun, fast and fantastically performed movie, and a pretty good interpretation of the comic
Clint Morris - Moviehole
When the Four finally use their different powers together to fight Doctor Doom, it's enough to get you past the torpor of Origin Movie Syndrome and make you hope for a sequel that gets right down to business.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
Can be fun if your expectations are low enough.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
(Chiklis and Evans) play the roles as though they had read the Fantastic Four their entire lives.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
I guess "Commonplace Four" or "Tedious Four" didn't have the same ring to it.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
A human rubber band, a transparent woman, a guy on fire, a walking rock pile, and a guy named Doom seem perfectly plausible in the funny books.On the big screen, not so much.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
The film generates little tension or excitement, dawdling its way towards the climactic showdown between the heroes and the villain, Doctor Doom.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
The comic book adventure is a fun, escapist change of pace from all the politically weighted popcorn fare on the scene this season.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Had the filmmakers deliberately set out to insult, demean, and trample upon Lee and Kirby's legacy, they could hardly have done a more efficient job.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Devotes as much time to a creaky love triangle as it does exploring the fantastic powers of its foursome. And that begs the question: Who goes to a movie like this looking for what is essentially a bad episode of Dawson's Creek?
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
There was nothing that I could point to and say, "That was stupid." Considering the atomic wasteland of superhero properties committed to film, that's saying a lot.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Superheroes' origin stories are inherently background-heavy, but director Tim Story and screenwriters Simon Kinberg, Michael France and Mark Frost spend too much time on setup.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Their trip into space may be another small step for man, but it's a giant leap backward for the comic-book-turned-action-movie genre.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
about as dynamic as Teddy Ruxpin... in its willingness to go for cheap jokes and awful Schwarzenegger-style wisecracks, 'Fantastic' is reminiscent of 'Batman and Robin'...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Fantastic Four Never Strives to be "Fantastic." It Works As A Human Story and succeeds due to dimished expectations set by a horrible marketing campaign.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
It's better than the Roger Corman version, but that's not saying much.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
As total packaging, you can't deny that this show is handsomely wrapped.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
[L]ike a kiddie ride when I've been primed to expect the biggest, baddest, meanest emotional-roller coaster of a sexy action movie when it's all about guys in tights.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A more accurate title would have been "The Fantastic Two and the Other Two, Not So Much."
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Its plot is stretched thin. Its creativity is nearly invisible. Its logic is rocky. And the whole enterprise goes up in flames.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Story can't infuse this juvenile hunk of entertainment with either the wit or the savvy to make it seem like anything more than an overblown version of Saturday- morning TV.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
...begins to feel like it comes from the one comic book even a comic-book geek would be embarrassed to be caught reading.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Not the best movie of the summer, but it may the best accompaniment to popcorn.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Despite a litany of co-branded products, the good folks at 20th Century Fox overlooked the two most important ones: a blindfold and a set of earplugs.
Susan Michals - FilmStew.com
Even if you can get past the acting -- and in the case of the beautiful, blank Alba, that's asking a lot -- the film just sits there, not exactly torturous, but never very exciting, either.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The Fantastic Four get treated reverently, but not seriously, in this modified retelling of the story, but then it's hard to take any one seriously who goes to work for Dr. Victor Von Doom and Doom Industries.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
It's done with an agreeable confidence and flair, the actors all fit comfortably in their roles and the effects are fun.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Very smooth, if overly familiar.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
...too bouncy to be an Elektra bummer, but should make Marvel mascot Stan Lee think twice about burning another lucrative bridge with unintentional hilarity.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
How about The Okay Quartet?
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
By being late to the multiplex marketplace, the film version offers little we haven't seen done before and done better.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Right from the start the movie smells like a stinker because of its Z-grade casting. Worst of all is Julian McMahon, overacting as a Kevin Spacy-ish Dr. Doom.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Fantastic Four falters most in its cynical approach. Obviously gearing for a sequel, the movie goes heavy on development and light on action.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
It's sporadically entertaining but never amounts to more than Mediocre Four.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
What do you want -- a dark, wrenching movie about a rubber guy and an orange rock guy?
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
If there was ever any doubt that action scenes depend more on context than flash, Fantastic Four proves it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A colorful, young-skewing flick... but one as hopelessly bland as it is behind the times.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
The new Fantastic Four might have been palatable if we hadn't already met a certain wall crawler or Caped Crusader on screen.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Fantastic Four is what it is, and I'm okay with what it is.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
You can feel the flopsweat of the screenwriters, laboring to make their jokes work and their scenes interesting.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Falls below even the likes of Batman & Robin and The Punisher and all involved should be ashamed of actually inviting comparisons to the shelved Roger Corman adaptation.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
All-talk, no-action superhero flick is a dull, drab mess of shallow plots, dull characters and bland effects.
James Rocchi - Netflix
The happiest comic book movie on earth... By now the only way to give us something different is to show people who enjoy being superheroes.
Fred Topel - About.com
What could have been the brilliant set-up to an ongoing franchise is instead turned into a vacuous slice of summer escapism.
Spence D. - IGN Movies
No doubt Roger Corman's version was worse, but it was probably more entertaining.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
faces a huge obstacle, and doesn't overcome it well ... develop 4 heroes and 1 villain in less than 2 hours and provide an exciting story full of visual wonder.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Whole chunks of necessary explanation feel like they've been left on the cutting room floor
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
A painful, sluggish black hole of simultaneous bad ideas and no ideas at all.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Fantastic Four is essentially campy fun; this is the sort of movie Schumacher's Batman and Robin was trying to be.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Almost fantastically bad.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Poor Ben Grimm suffers the most tragic fate. He is transformed from the charismatic, brilliant actor Michael Chiklis into a giant prosthetic goofy suit that fools no one.
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
At their best, the results have a comic zip that the X-Men pictures have largely lacked.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Everything about it bears the stench of amateurs, from the unspectacular special effects to the sitcom-lame dialogue to the butchered storyline.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Take the movie on its own lighthearted terms and, chances are, you'll be taken in.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A not-great movie made slightly better by the addition of some extra character development and breathing room, the Fantastic Four Extended Edition is a must-own for fans of the original comic book.
Scott Weinberg - DVDTalk.com
So bad it takes points away from BATMAN BEGINS.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Oh yes, it's Catwoman bad.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
It's fun to watch superheroes who aren't quite at ease with their abilities, but The Incredibles -- last year's similarly themed animated film -- is livelier and funnier.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
shines when the heroes are the focus...fails miserably when focused on their Hollywood version of an arch-nemesis.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Sad, then, to see that the Marvel rag that elevated the human element in the pow-biff-bam of the superhero world has been transposed into the most plastic of comic-to-movie adaptations yet.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Fantastic Four isn't even close to Sin City, Batman Begins or even Constantine, but it's a relatively quick, vibrant, focused origin story.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Could have been dumb fun...unfortunately, the filmmakers succeed in getting only the dumb part right, omitting the fun entirely.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's hard to tell if the other actors are awful or if it's the script.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Aficionados of the comic book will cringe... but hey, it's a fun popcorn flick.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Low indeed have Marvel's fortunes sunk when this is the best they can send against their archrival's superior Batman Begins.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
'Fantastic Four' could have been hot, but in the hands of some studio blockheads, the premise is stretched so thin that it disappears.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Meet Mr. Mediocrity, the Human Kindling, the Obscure Woman and Whatchamacallit. They form the Mediocre Four and boast the power to slightly entertain and somewhat enthrall.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Real fans of the comics will probably be turned off by Fantastic Four's narrative limitations, while outsiders older than 12 are likely to quickly dismiss the Power Rangers-style goofery.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Potential audiences would be better entertained by reading all the reviews to see how many synonyms can be used for the word "bad." And it would be much cheaper, too.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
The most endearing terms I might come up with for this film are 'dorky' and 'cute,' but 'cute' is never what a superhero movie aspires to be.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
So much...is bungled with inept storytelling and watered-down dialogue, and Story is so powerless to right the course, that Fantastic Four winds up more dopey than fun.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Fantastic Four is a movie that could have been a lot better - but it could also have been a lot worse.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
A movie about depressed superheroes trying to become unsuper is as boring as it sounds.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Fantastic Four, for all of its super effects and glossy finish, is a hollow movie experience.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
A wasted opportunity to breathe fresh life into the Marvel universe's long-stodgy elder statesmen.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
[Director Story takes] as his inspiration an industrial film of the 1950s, wherein Dick and Jane learn the wonders of zinc while the audience snoozes in self-defense.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Yes, it's kinda stupid, but it's basically fun.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
Marked by naive storytelling, goofy but dumb tone, clumsy look, and cheesy special effects, the outdated Fantastic Four is worse than The Hulk, Elektra and Daredevil.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Sometimes the Hollywood treatment can be a superhero's greatest arch-nemesis.
Frank Houston - Palm Beach Daily News
How fascinating that a film about super-humans was made by a collection of sub-humans; what a topsy-turvy world in which we live.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
none of it's any more impressive than the stuff you can find in your average video game.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Who are these half-wit Hollywood clowns that keep hiring cleavage-candy actresses with no measurable talent to play laughably bespectacled scientists in action movies?
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Ao menos, a versao de Corman se assumia como lixo.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena