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Fantastic Four (2005)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 149

Fantastic Four is a goofy, mediocre entry in the superhero genre.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 27

Fantastic Four is a goofy, mediocre entry in the superhero genre.



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A handful of heroes become superheroes under unlikely circumstances in this action drama adapted from the long-running Marvel comic-book series. Four astronauts are on a mission aboard a new experimental spacecraft when they are unexpectedly exposed to a massive dose of gamma rays. The accident causes strange and unexpected transformations in all four. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd), top scientist and leader of the mission, can now stretch his body like elastic and is dubbed Mr. Fantastic. His

Dec 6, 2005


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All Critics (203) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (149) | DVD (44)

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

April 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Fantastic it most certainly ain't.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

July 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

July 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (4)
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It exists largely to entertain and delight, which used to be precisely what summer blockbusters were engineered to do.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source:
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If there was ever any doubt that action scenes depend more on context than flash, Fantastic Four proves it.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieWeb

Fantastic Four is actually very true to its source material - often literally so - but generally misses the spirit entirely.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

Some comics just shouldn't be turned in to movies...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Director Tim Story ("Barbershop") sets an uneven tempo for the embarrassingly clunky script by Michael France ("Hulk") and Mark Frost ("Storyville").

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

An opportunity squandered by Marvel, which really needs to watch its quality control more closely.

October 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Four-play without any climax.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The film is affable enough, though nothing much seems to be at stake.

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source:

After the recent crop of enjoyable superhero movies, this is just an embarassment.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A better than average comic book effort.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Tim Story gives the Marvel comics superheroes the Barbershop treatment.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
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.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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.

September 22, 2006 | Comment (1)
Christianity Today

Finally, a movie that explores what happens when a group of people who can't get along find themselves freakishly mutated by cosmic radiation!

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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.

November 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Aquí lo que cuenta es tener una buena bolsa de palomitas y dejarse llevar por la nostalgia del cuarteto más famoso del mundo después de Los Beatles. Sólo eso.

November 27, 2005

When the playboy, joke-around character is the best part of the film, you know you have problems.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four

It's non-stop, fantastic and exhilarating fun from beginning to end. A spectacular and astonishing movie with a great story and great character development. Ioan Gruffoud, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans are fantastic together. Julian McMahon is brilliant. It delivers explosive action, humor and excitement. A great cast. The chemistry between the the four actors is truly brilliant and satisfying. The best superhero movie since X-Men. Fantastic entertainment. A pure-jolting adrenaline rush. Hop on to this awesome and unforgettable ride. It focuses more on the characters and the story than the special effects. Director, Tim Story crafts an excellent and brilliant adaptation which is absolutely fun.
April 8, 2014

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Fun and action-packed superhero movie. Despite the cheesy moments throughout, I liked it. It's watchable.
March 22, 2014

Super Reviewer

Competent entertainment, and a fun feuding dynamic between youngish heroes not quite ready for the limelight, but it's basically just the Marvel Origin Story Template applied once more. Jessica Alba can't act, but Julian McMahon as Dr. Doom is one of the better villain performances in this stable. Meh.
March 18, 2013

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