I Am Number Four Reviews

  • The sci-fi-teen romance I Am Number Four is witless, insultingly derivative, muddy-looking, and edited in the hammering epileptic style that marks so many films produced, as this one is, by Michael Bay.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Strip away the uninspired mythology, and I Am Number Four is just your average high school movie with below-average drama.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • A cookie-cutter action film that hopes to stand on the shoulders of Twilight and Spider-Man but plays like Spider-lite.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • The young "Four" cast appears to have been plucked from an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue - which isn't an issue until you realize that the characters they're playing are about as thin as the pages in that Gen-Y fashion Bible.

    Sean O'Connell — Washington Post

  • Mostly "I Am Number Four'' is a pokey, pretty, predictable romance in which the boy is a shy extraterrestrial with secret powers and a royal lineage - your classic study-hall daydream - and the girl is a gentle alt-goddess.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Nothing but a million little pieces from prior superhero series and the Twilight saga.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • A Superman-come-lately tale of puppy love, extraordinary powers and puberty that's duller than a chalkboard and less powerful than an extraneous Jonas brother.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Granted, I Am NumberFour is a little better and makes loads more sense than Eagle Eye, Caruso's most recent vehicle for comely young actors in peril. But neither one has the sass and pluck of Disturbia. Watch that instead.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • A polished but unremarkable science-fiction adventure, I Am Number Four is the kind of movie you enjoy while it's in front of you but soon forget about.

    Gary Dowell — Dallas Morning News

  • Honestly, the god-awful, no-budget, grade-Z 1959 potboiler Teenagers From Outer Space had more integrity than does this piece of militaristically oppressive, micromanaged tripe.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • What we have here is a witless attempt to merge the "Twilight" formula with the Michael Bay formula.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "I Am Number Four" has more than a whiff of number two about it...

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Producers Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg deploy an arsenal of noisy special effects to demonstrate the invaders' high-tech superiority, which makes Olyphant's inability to breach an Internet firewall look pretty silly.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Tapping into the same vein of teen melodrama that runs through the Twilight franchise, I Am Number Four hurls a moody adolescent from outer space into the halls of a smalltown American high school.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Caruso aims for flashy fun and hits the target.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "I Am Number Four" is like a good episode of "Smallville": You may feel a bit silly watching it if you're past high-school age, but you just might have a good time.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • The pic's stumbling block is its inability to convince us we're watching someone extraordinary.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • For all of its homicidal aliens and toothy beasts, "I Am Number Four" did contain one element that genuinely unsettled me: the line "produced by Michael Bay." Nooooooo!

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • They're young, they're attractive and they glow neon blue when they're hunted. Which is often.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Perhaps February's recent history as a movie "dumping ground" has me feeling overly generous, but "I Am Number Four" was an enjoyable romp.

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

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