“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“Yo Soy Numero Cuatro”
“Red Bull's For Pussies :P”
“WOW Yeah Thats All I Can Say”
“The Plot Was Just Not Exciting Enough”
“Doesn't Really Live Up To Any Expectations, Action-wise, But The Story Kept My Interest. The Only Problem Is That People Who Didn't Read The Book Won't Get As Much Quality From This.”
“A TURKEY NO STARS- Droops Like A Sexless Penis. All Good Ideas, But Not Put To The Test Cinematically And Not Very Well Thought Through.”
“Fairly Entertaining, Yet It Felt Like More Could Have Been Done”
“Another Nice Book Adaptation That Will Not Continue”
“The Action Scenes Near The End Make It Worthwhile.”
“Michael Bay Yet Again Helps Make A Crap Movie!”
“I Almost Called It Number 2”
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
The logic is dodgy, and the most frightening aspect is the sequel promised at the end.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
The setting is the sleepy American town of Dullsville.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
Say this for I Am Number Four: It's blessedly free of any original sins. Instead, they're all copied.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It is atrociously bad, basically.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A high-school movie with a sci-fi twist ultimately fumbles away a golden opportunity to give youth conflicts an added dimension.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The action tale I Am Number Four is mostly familiar stuff, presenting the latest teen outsider coming into possession of his latent superpowers just in time to battle evil forces intent on world chaos.
David Germain - Associated Press
The movie version of I Am Number Four is a blatant, cynical pitch for an unearned franchise, made by people who seem to think the words "bestseller" and "young adult" are enough to guarantee a Harry Potter-like box office payout. It's not.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
"I Am Number Four," the appealing new kid-on-the-teen-angst block, reverberates with much of the same dark combustible mix of action and romance that's been fueling the "Twilight" vampire mega-franchise for a while now.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
I really hope a sequel comes along to answer our questions and close up some loose threads.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
It's very silly, but also thoroughly entertaining because it gives us exactly what we want.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The epic computer-generated alien smackdown is settled in a battle zone well known to any teen: high school hallways and the football field.
Neil Pond - American Profile
They stumble onto a vacant house that, like all vacant houses in the movies, is fully furnished and has working electricity.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
An entertaining film that lacks maturity and expression.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
I Am Number Four carefully balances spectacle and story, emerging as a competent start-of-the-year blockbuster.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
No creative inspiration gets in the way of the beautiful people running and jumping and kissing while things go boom in the forgettable teen sci-fi actioner I Am Number Four. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
... strictly fourth-rate young-adult sci-fi thriller. However you rank it, it's by the numbers...
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
I walked into this movie a skeptic and left a true believer.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Bland and forgettable.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
This brave new world of sci-fi adventure, while it seems hopelessly derivative, has more originality than meets the eye ... if you read the book first.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
- Dark Horizons
In that way, I Am Number Four feels like a perfect DJ Caruso film. There's nothing wrong with it, but it could be so much more.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Mark Adams - Screen International
It's absolutely empty and derivative and kind of a blast and so what? Pass me the Junior Mints.
Dave White - Movies.com
There's a lot going on in 'I Am Number Four,' and very little of it makes sense.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Was the original novel ... as cheesy as this?
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Sci-fi thriller is explosive fun (but take care the wooden leads don't give you splinters)
Jason Best - Movie Talk
...soulless factory-line junk...
Aaron Yap - Flicks.co.nz
I Am Number Four runs a bit like this: OK, OK, ho-hum, yawn, YAY WOW! ... meh.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
The end result is deadening and the decision to pad out the running time by setting up lots of sequel-ready narrative possibilities is horribly arrogant.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Number Four is familiar but fun.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Fails to conjure up much dramatic intensity or suspense.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
'Roswell' meets Critters (and a dozen other ideas)... decidedly more 'Aliens' ass kicking than 'Twilight' tweening.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It goes without saying, if you have read this far, that I Am Number Four is very silly. But that's not to say its not enjoyable.
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
If Pettyfer and Agron were less amorphous figureheads, and there had been a better script, the enjoyment might have been more.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Its slavish adherence to formula is pitiful, but this patchy knock-off may do just enough to earn itself another go-round.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The script has zero curiosity about any of these characters and their motivations. Why are they here? What are their powers, exactly? If kids just past puberty are such lethal fighters, how did the whole race of them get wiped out?
Kenneth R. Morefield - Christianity Today
Unlike the Twilight series that is also aimed primarily at 13-year-old females and has brought vacuity to an even lower level than one would expect, this can appeal to a wide audience, including adults.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
An entertaining addition to the super-teen trend...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
When it's not getting bogged down in cliches, I Am Number Four is decent fun, even if it does feel very familiar and ultimately forgettable.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Tattooed space monsters hunt down and kill alien teens in hiding on Earth in this bland sci-fi action movie adapted from a young-adult novel.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
The film's potency as either a kicker for a potential series or as a standalone must-see event film are limp, to say the least.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
It deserves an audience Numbering many.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
I didn't actually hate it. I might have more respect for it if I had.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It's all glum, pseudo-rebellious attitude, with none of the gentle charm of John Carpenter's Starman.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
It's not really dreadful but it's not really enough.
Dominic Radcliffe - Little White Lies
The only thing I liked about the film was that these monsters that the Mogodorians keep in the truck are fed with frozen turkeys from the supermarket.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
The action is well-done, some things are downright silly but I didn't have a problem entering into the spirit of things.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Director D.J. Caruso has taken a route which is much too safe. This is a textbook action film that offers zero surprises.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
There's enough interplay between the characters to make this bearable and it builds to a reasonably entertaining effects-heavy climax.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The door is left wide open for a sequel, but it's hard to imagine there'll be much call for it.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
There's a cute dog, and it does get quite exciting in parts, especially when monsters appear near the end.
- Birmingham Post
It's just so unremarkable.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
This number is definitely not up.
- Sky Movies
I Am Number Four is a promise that the freaks will outlast the popular kids and that the aliens among us, the people with all the problems, are the ones who will still be around for the sequel.
Richard Larson - Slant Magazine
Genre fans are advised to steer clear.
Catherine Bray - Film4
This could be the start of something great.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
It's pointless what any critic might have to say on the subject of the wooden acting and lack of chase scenes. Still, it's more of a 'character establishing' film for the next.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Nothing special here; let's hope this is number one and only.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The only honest moment comes late in the piece, when a bunch of teenagers at a party - running to see some alien voodoo magic, or something - desperately try to hold their beer cups in front of them so they don't spill the contents.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
...a solid science fiction offering for the middle school and high school crowd, and that's no small achievement.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Generally speaking it will meet the expectations of its young target market that knows what producer Michael Bay, who specializes in excess, delivers
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
I Am Number Four is a film about a teenage boy who discovers his hands wield a very special power. (Aye. We've all been there, son.)
Robbie Collin - News of the World
It's everything a teenage audience wants, with some romantic cues to ensure the boys bring the girls.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Trivial and trite, its days are numbered.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
And I am incredibly bored.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Suffers from so much style over substance, lack of internal logic, contrived subplots and wooden performances that it makes Twilight look like Gone with the Wind.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
A superpowered kid hiding out at a school? We've seen it in Smallville, Roswell, Twilight and a million other stories. There's nothing new to say here, and I Am Number Four proves it in spades.
Jayne Nelson - SFX Magazine
I went into I Am Number Four with very low expectations so to say that I was pleasantly surprised may not be high praise.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The flick should be called I Am Number Six because Teresa Palmer steals the show with minimum screen time. I wish the movie was as good as the last twenty minutes.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
I Am Number Four involves the sort of editing that turns some of the actions scenes into visual gibberish, but the hectic pace and angsty teen issues are bound to win this one a youth audience.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
I am Number Four is based on the tween novel by the one-thousand-year-old alien Pittacus Lore. Lore, it turns out, is really James Frey. Yes, that James Frey. Turns out, Oprah owes us yet another apology.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The credits roll just as things are getting interesting, exacerbating I Am Number Four's poor sense of timing and marking it as naked franchise fodder...
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
More like I AM NUMBER TWO. There. All the cards are now on the table.
Paul Verhoeven - The Vine
Count how many movies this year feature aliens bringing their intergalactic scrums to earth; from Cowboys & Aliens to Super 8. I Am Number Four not only beats them all to the punch but also sets the bar fairly high for sci-fi fisticuffs this year.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
...an above average sci-fi thriller...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Thankfully for Chicagoans this film doesn't star Brett Favre because of his numerical jersey affiliation, but with a story this weak, that stretch wouldn't be too far.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com