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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: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 27

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 enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery of the Silver Surfer and confront the surprising return of their mortal enemy, Dr. Doom, before all hope is lost.

Oct 2, 2007


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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (105) | DVD (27)

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
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It's funnier and splashier than the original, but I still can't quite recommend it.

June 18, 2007
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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
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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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Many complaints were lobbed at Fantastic Four but no one ever suggested it was too smart. Yet it would seem that everyone came to the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, determined to dumb it down.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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
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Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

The dreary sterile foursome are back...rubbery bloke, fat rock thing, the flaming flamer and woman with really obvious fake blue contacts and blonde hair. This time in a bid to actually make an interesting film they've added an actual antagonist...or have they. Oh no my mistake he actually turns out to be another good guy whom everybody thought was bad. So who is the bad guy this time?? well I guess its Doom again...oh no he's working with the Four...until the very end when we get one single battle and a large cosmic cloud, oh geez Hollywood.

Yep so we've had the obligatory origins part of the franchise that took up the entire first film, now things can step up a gear...right??!! Well no not really, this time most of the film simply revolves around the marriage plans of Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Woman...yes *deflated acceptance of the truth*. Yep as the two love birds are trying their best to get hitched admist the usual cartoonish childish tomfoolery of the other team members, the Silver Surfer pops up from outta nowhere.

So even though the rest of this film still generally looks as poor as the first film at least the Surfer does actually look pretty slick, no pun intended. Admittedly it shouldn't be too hard to capture the Surfer's look, how could you fudge it up?! (ahem!), but yes he does looks really nice here as does his board. That doesn't excuse some plot issues though, apparently the board is a beacon for Galactus the cosmic cloud, but why? does Galactus own the board and he loaned it to the Surfer? what connection is there between the board and Galactus? I did always think the Silver Surfer's people on his home world all had boards like it was their mode of transportation, but in this film things aren't really explained and I've no idea how accurate it is to the comics.

This leads to Galactus himself or itself. Yes in the comics we all know that Galactus is a big God-like humanoid with a nifty helmet, but in this film he's a big swirly cosmic cloud in space...he's been Bayformed. I understand the need to maybe conceal this mega characters true form to a degree (in his first movie appearance) so I can go with this myself, but I can also understand why some fans were upset with this way forward. Hollywood does this to some characters and it can be very frustrating I know, but leaving such a vast character to the last five minutes of the film doesn't help either does it. What bewildered me was the fact the Silver Surfer decides to wipe out or kill Galactus at the end...but why didn't he do just that right at the start before he was forced to destroy so many planets?! he could of done what he did (don't ask me what he did) ages ago for Pete's sake! eh? Oh and what were all those huge holes in the Earth in aid of exactly??

The actual main heroes (the Four) are completely useless and just as annoying as they were in the first I won't bore you further. Where as Doom is!...just the same as the first film *groan*. Somehow he gets released from his metal prison because of cosmic rays from the Surfer? whatever...and naturally plans dastardly plans to get even. The utterly stupid thing is even when the planet is clearly on the brink of destruction by Galactus, Doom is still being a dick and refusing to cooperate trying to keep the boards power for himself. Yeah that will do you good when planet Earth gets obliterated you utter utter cock.

It all sounds exciting doesn't it, lots of action and CGI for the kids...yeah, great. Thing is just like the first film there isn't all that much action until the end again. We do finally get to see Doom have a proper battle with the Four and errr...lots of military blokes getting thrown around, one guy gets a hole blasted in him! But that's it really, the finale is just a big super powered energy explosion that makes no real sense but you just gotta accept it.

I admit this film is much more fun than the first and visually more thrilling but a lot of that is purely down to the Surfer. Without this one character the film would be just as pants as the original, and even with this one character its not exactly brilliant. The problem being most of the film is filled with rubbish and characters you don't care about, plus it all feels so very puerile still...they added more childish visual gags! They broke the wall of semi reality within this universe by having Stan Lee play himself and being recognised as the comicbook uberlord that he is. Cute moment but it takes you out of the film, it makes a mockery of the whole movie...if that's even possible. On top of all that they still go ahead and end the film focusing on that stupid flippin' wedding and the same 4 logo motif in the sky! originality anyone?
June 2, 2014

Super Reviewer

While not offering anything new to the genre, "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" is one of those films that somehow manages to improve off of it's last-luster film with ease, but then again, they messed up the first film quite a bit. I really had a lot of fun watching this sequel, because even though we did not get a lot of characterization the first time around, we have come to know these characters, and whether you love them or not, they are back. I must say that the story, although it destroys the comics to shreds, is a lot of fun on screen. The Silver Surfer was handled pretty well, but the rest of the villainous plot falls flat. The jokes in this film are much cheesier, as is the action, and I loved that, because that is what these characters are. This is not in anyway a great film, but I would go as far as to call it a good time. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" is the best they could do with this story after what the first film gave us.
May 29, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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

    1. Johnny Storm: Show off.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. Victor Von Doom: Let's all go for a spin!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. Ben Grimm: OK. That one hurt.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. Ben Grimm: Yeah, that's right. Keep running, Boo-Boo!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. Silver Surfer: I will no longer serve. This is the end, for us both.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
    1. Johnny Storm: To quote a friend of mine. It's clobbering time.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
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