Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Reviews

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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 22, 2007
An off-brand superhero movie, the cinematic equivalent of one of those generic breakfast cereals with a badly drawn squirrel for a mascot.
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David Fear
Time Out
June 23, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 18, 2007
It's funnier and splashier than the original, but I still can't quite recommend it.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 18, 2007
The first movie's genesis story was more fun than the perfunctory doomsday scheme trotted out here.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
June 18, 2007
If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you'd have the Fantastic Four franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 16, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2007
Peppier than the stale original from 2005, and it's sprinkled with more eye candy, but no one will mistake it for brain food.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 15, 2007
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is more ambitious than its predecessor. It's also more cluttered and less fleet: The light, pleasingly casual quality of the first picture has evolved into something forced and metallic.
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
June 15, 2007
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a vast and significant improvement -- if not quite "fantastic," then the next best thing: It does not suck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 15, 2007
For non comic book fans over the age of 13, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a tedious, incoherent bore. For comic book fans of any age, it is an atrocity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 15, 2007
Compared with its predecessor, the new movie contains less silliness to offend purists. At the same time, there isn't much to thrill anyone, either.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 15, 2007
Rise of the Silver Surfer is an existentially and aesthetically unnecessary sequel to the equally irrelevant if depressingly successful Fantastic Four.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 15, 2007
Director Tim Story does the same sort of efficient, impersonal job he did on the first movie, keeping things at such a basic, almost childish level that it seems the movie is aimed squarely, if not exclusively, at the 12-and-under set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 15, 2007
In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, our heroes get what they deserve: a decent action flick with a jolt of visual wow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 15, 2007
Unlike the recent spate of blackened threequels, those bottom-of-the-bag Spideys and Shreks and Pirates and Oceans, this kernel does pop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2007
Yes, the too-hot Alba is still miscast, and the film suffers from clumsy moments. But when it soars, it soars, and it is both blessedly brief and bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 15, 2007
You don't walk out of Rise of the Silver Surfer feeling as if you've gone three rounds with the Thing. This is a case where getting less than you bargained for feels like a victory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 15, 2007
Better than its juvenile predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Misha Davenport
Chicago Sun-Times
June 15, 2007
At times silly and then serious, this Fantastic Four is the cinematic equivalent of multiple personality disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 15, 2007
The Marvel comic book this movie is based on was never as sitcom-ish as the two films it's inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 14, 2007
Maybe it has something to do with seriously diminished expectations, but Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is an improvement of sorts over the lifeless 2005 edition.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 14, 2007
The film fails to sustain its modest running time of 87 minutes.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
June 14, 2007
Once you accept that Fantastic Four is not trying to be anything deeper than popcorn fare, the ride can be fun -- with an ending more satisfying than Spider-Man 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2007
Earnest, gee-whiz and foursquare, this simple and intentionally inoffensive sequel gets points for being easy to take and scrupulously avoiding obvious sources of irritation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 14, 2007
As summer franchise superhero flicks go, it's tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 14, 2007
Sentient humans should stay away; all others may enter confident that their IQs are already in the Chernobyl-fried range and will not be affected, except for downward.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 14, 2007
Although FF:ROTSS comes from the same place as Spider-Man (New York, and Marvel editor Stan Lee's noggin), this sequel to the 2005 Fantastic Four debut is lackluster, even by comparison to the lackluster Spider-Man 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 14, 2007
The target audience appears to be Cartoon Network fans. Anyone outside that category is likely to find Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer a dull slog no avalanche of razzle-dazzle digital hooey can camouflage.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 14, 2007
Faithfully mining one of the Marvel franchise's more intriguing mythologies, the sequel proves every bit as disposable as its predecessor, with even less character definition and several tons more poundage in the f/x department.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2007
Rise of the Silver Surfer doesn't aspire to much. It just happens to have the three things it needs -- velocity, artistry and a pretty good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 14, 2007
It's not egregiously awful like the first film. Just plain awful in that formula way that kills your spirit and all hope for summer movies.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 14, 2007
Of all the Marvel-spawned screen franchises, the Fantastic Four is the most puerile, reducing as it does this smartly quirky comic book quartet to a fourth-grade primer in dysfunctional family psychology.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 14, 2007
These B-list demigods are so proudly, intergalactically mediocre that both the 2005 original and the follow-up tend to disable my super-snark beam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 14, 2007
Much better than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 14, 2007
As before, it's tough to know how much of the movie's hambone acting, Saturday-morning-cartoon dialogue and pubescent sexual innuendo are accidental and how much by design.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 14, 2007
It is passable comic book stuff, dumb and loud. Loud. LOUD.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 14, 2007
Silver Surfer is watchable. But make no mistake. It's for younger filmgoers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 14, 2007
Beyond a few good special-effects sequences - notably the Human Torch chasing the Silver Surfer between skyscrapers, the movie is uniformly vanilla. When the heroes aren't polishing their super-skills, they sit around and complain about their lot in life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 13, 2007
Amid all the vapid dialogue and visual fireworks, the performances seem like afterthoughts, particularly those of Gruffudd and Alba.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2007
It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it clips along, entertains, and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5