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Fantastic Four (2005)

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

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

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 28

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

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Marvel's first family of comic superheroes takes the world by storm as the longest running comic book series in history comes to the big screen. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, who can elongate his body; Susan Storm/Invisible Woman, who not only can become invisible at will but can render other objects invisible; Johnny Storm/Human Torch, who can shoot fire from his finger tips and bend flame; and Ben Grimm/The Thing, a hideously misshapen monster with superhuman strength, together battle the evil

Dec 6, 2005

$154.5M

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All Critics (203) | Top Critics (40) | 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
Time Out
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A garish mediocrity.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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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
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: Salon.com
Salon.com
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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
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: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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: ColeSmithey.com | Comment (1)
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.

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: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

Not THE Fantastic Four oh no...its simply Fantastic Four here, much cooler. So this is the first major production for the Four after the now cult Roger Corman B-movie effort. Team of clever people head out into space and get hit in the face by an interstellar cloud of space stuff and obtain super powers. Naturally one of them becomes twisted and evil with his new found powers and much fighting ensues, that's it, that's all there is.

Thing with this film is everything moves so fast at first. One minute the Four are discussing this space cloud, next they're discussing it with Von Doom, then they're all up in space in this space station, then they get hit by the space cloud and then just as quickly they're all back on Earth. The beginning feels so rushed so they can get to the fun stuff and silly special effects, and boy is there plenty of that. Most of this film really feels like a setup for the inevitable sequel, half the film is basically the team getting to grips with their powers and messing around.

Its all a rip off if you ask me, most of the time we only get to see 'Grimm' and 'Johnny' arguing bickering and pranking each other, whilst 'Reed' tries to study their new powers. Alba as Sue Storm does literately nothing accept for flirt with Reed, regurgitate her new nudity/invisibility issue and look absolutely ridiculous with her fake blue contacts and fake blonde hair, she looks like a mutant from the X-Men. The real killer is the fact we don't actually see Doctor Doom anywhere until right at the very end! This film has no villain! its true, the first superhero flick I've seen with no actual antagonist. Then when we do finally get some Doom action its a blink and you'll miss it scenario plus it never feels like Doctor Doom, just the actor McMahon in a plastic mask (what's with the eyebrow makeup on that guy?).

The sole bit of action for the most part is a highway pile up on the Brooklyn Bridge which gives the team a chance to flex their new skills in complete CGI glory. I can't really moan about the CGI because its obvious from the outset that the film was gonna be heavy on it, but this doesn't entirely excuse how bad it looks. The only character that looks reasonable is the Human Torch, Mr Fantastic looks anything but fantastic...but his CGI effects sure do look plastic. The Invisible Woman just comes across as bland and completely uninteresting whilst The Thing is so very clearly a stretchy suit. I think its hard to translate this team onto the big screen though in all fairness, they have a more childish vibe about them, their outfits are hard to update...and basically they're just dull all round.

There is a very comical light-hearted feel to the film that borders on infantile at times. Now I can't say that's a bad thing because the film does adapt the comicbook atmosphere very well, what else would you expect with characters like this? But at times the film is just embarrassing to watch, there is some really cheesy ultra hammy dialog and gags, dumb visual gags...dare I say pratfall stuff and loads of quickfire quips and one liners. I mean yeah Johnny Storm is suppose to be a good looking cocky mouthy young astronaut but some of his scenes with The Thing are simply excruciating to watch. Does he really need to shout out 'flame on!' to turn into the Human Torch?

The whole film looks bad and highly fake, not much better than a TV series...hell the Roger Corman movie isn't far behind really. The performances are weak, there is no bad guy and virtually 90% of the film is about nothing more than origins and tomfoolery, literately padding for the sequel in a crafty money milking operation. On one hand they do admittedly capture the spirit of the comicbook genre with this guff but on the other hand it really is a typically terrible sanitised sterile Hollywood production.
June 1, 2014
phubbs1

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"Fantastic Four" hits the big screen in style, but sadly that is all it has going for it, as most of it's style overcomes it's substance throughout the film. It feels less of an origin story than most Marvel films, because we do not get much of a backstory and we are placed in the heat of the moment that it is all occurring. I wished that these filmmakers took a bit more time to develop their story and characters, before proceeding the plot. Anyways, the acting is okay, they all play their roles well, the action is fun, the characters are somewhat likable, and the duration is just the right length. As cheesy and lame as this film really is, I still enjoy it.
May 29, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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
allan913

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    1. Ben Grimm/The Thing: JOHNNY!
    – Submitted by Chad L (20 months ago)
    1. Johnny Storm/The Human Torch: Flame on!
    – Submitted by Tino N (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Victor Von Doom: Chemistry 101. What happens to rubber when it's super cooled?
    – Submitted by Sandeep H (2 years ago)
    1. Ben Grimm/The Thing: It's clobbering time!
    – Submitted by John P (2 years ago)
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