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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 105

While an improvement on its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is nevertheless a juvenile, simplistic picture that has little benefit beyond its special effects.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 26

While an improvement on its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is nevertheless a juvenile, simplistic picture that has little benefit beyond its special effects.



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The world's most famous team of astronauts-cum-superheroes returns in the effects-heavy sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. As the story opens, Sue Storm (aka The Invisible Girl [Jessica Alba]) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic [Ioan Gruffudd]) prepare for their upcoming, superhero-studded wedding celebration. But Reed cannot stay focused on the nuptials -- he's distracted by wire reports of a bizarre, comet-like object hurtling toward the Earth with tremendous force, triggering

Oct 2, 2007


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An off-brand superhero movie, the cinematic equivalent of one of those generic breakfast cereals with a badly drawn squirrel for a mascot.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Slate
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The performances are plywooden, the cornball visual gags are groanworthy, and Tim Story still can't direct his way out a sack with a map.

June 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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It's funnier and splashier than the original, but I still can't quite recommend it.

June 18, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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The first movie's genesis story was more fun than the perfunctory doomsday scheme trotted out here.

June 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you'd have the Fantastic Four franchise.

June 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Peppier than the stale original from 2005, and it's sprinkled with more eye candy, but no one will mistake it for brain food.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Boring is the deal.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

A little tastier but still far from a gourmet feast.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

Despite some gratuitous allusions to Gitmo, the third-rate effects and the two-bit characters make this a summer wipeout.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

When Jessica Alba was at the MTV Movie Awards she called Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer the best family/comedy of the summer. That alone should spell disaster for a superhero film.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

It doesn't suck. Or maybe I went into the theater with such low expectations that it couldn't possibly be as bad as my imagination had concocted.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Parents longing for entertaining and intelligent family superhero fare would be much better served renting 2005's Zathura or Sky High.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

While the gags are aimed squarely at a family audience, there's nothing wrong with that and this is certainly a film you could take even tiddlers to without worrying they are going to have nightmares later.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

While the Silver Surfer cushions the blow, this is a sequel I can ultimately throw away...

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Can't anyone in comic book movies come up with new villains anymore?

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Comments (2)
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

This sequel is out, overall succumbing to the weaknesses of the first movie, which, once again, relegates it to sitting at the kids' table at the gathering of comic book movies.

November 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Much better than the first; OK for tweens and up.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The same kind of lightweight but well executed comic book-based romp as its predecessor.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

For a film that's supposed to be playful, it's an awful, tedious drudge.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Characters to love, story to hate.

August 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

A big-budget bust, and while it isn't as awful as its lame 2005 predecessor, it does come close to achieving the former film's sense of decay.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

I have read many of the legitimate criticisms of this sequel, and I agree with them, and I do not care.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

As the Surfer rises, so too does this franchise.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment (1)
Big Picture Big Sound

While not entirely fantastic, this Four is fun, fast-paced, and family friendly.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source:

A merciful dearth of plot in favor of mindless set pieces, so-so effects work and passable PG-rated humor.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

It's fun, fast and very fantastic. It's better than the first film. The director and the cast continue to bring on their wonderful, wonderful chemistry and greatness to the characters and the story. Spectacular fun and exhilarating action excitement. Mind-blowing and eye-opening. The special effects are astonishing. A big and explosive adventure you'll want to see again and again. Incredible pulse-pounding action and wickedly funny humor from beginning to end. Absolutely outstanding and unforgettable. A sequel that stays true to it's original material, showing that the story and characters matter more valued above all.
April 8, 2014

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I like superhero movies and I say that Fantastic 4: ROTSS delivers. It's action packed, with some humor and most of all, the Silver Surfer. I did notice the usual corny cliches in this installment (and if you've seen the movie take for example the "because you remind of her" line... absolutely predictable... a friend of mine actually spoke the lines out loud before the guy said it... unbelievably predictable. We were the only ones who laughed in the theater after that). Finally, Alba was somewhat distracting throughout the whole movie; she stands out so much for her fake blue eyes and strange-looking blond hair.
March 23, 2014

Super Reviewer

The Fantastic Four are back the following sequel to the first Fantastic Four this time there back in Fantastic Four Rise of The Silver Surfer witch is more fun then the first but still not great The most happiest thing about this Fantastic Four is that Director Tim Story boosted up the action witch was a major flaw in the first the story seems to progress much faster and the characters seem more interesting the story lines seem to be much similar to other 2nd super hero films such as wanted to give up and quite the team much like we seen the hero's quiting in Spider-Man 2 and Superman 2 but this film doesn't quite get anywhere or really get serious with that storyline the main story line is the Silver Surfer a famous character in the marvel comics keeps us not knowing if he's a good guy or a bad guy in the film we think he's the bad guy but we see towards the end of the film he doesn't want to but he's just summand to earth by his leader Galactus who many believe is a giant storm cloud as a comic boom fan myself i am very disappointed with Galactus witch is probably the biggest and most disappointing flaw of the whole film but then again they prolly never had the budget to create him. We also see in this film the return of Dr. Doom who helps reed and the army capture surfer but again turns against them Dr. Doom's look as improved over the first at least this time the mask fits the actors head the special effects and cgi in the film is well done in the most parts of the film. 3 Stars 12-01-07 (Updated)
February 21, 2014
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Reasonably entertaining
April 5, 2013

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    1. Johnny Storm: Show off.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Victor Von Doom: Let's all go for a spin!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Ben Grimm: OK. That one hurt.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Ben Grimm: Yeah, that's right. Keep running, Boo-Boo!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Silver Surfer: I will no longer serve. This is the end, for us both.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (18 months ago)
    1. Johnny Storm: To quote a friend of mine. It's clobbering time.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (18 months ago)
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