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The Fourth Kind (2009)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 90

While it boasts a handful of shocks, The Fourth Kind is hokey and clumsy and makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 29

While it boasts a handful of shocks, The Fourth Kind is hokey and clumsy and makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane.



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Set in the fall of 2000 and purportedly based on actual events, The Fourth Kind stars Milla Jovovich as Dr. Abigail Tyler, a Nome, Alaska-based psychotherapist whose videotaped sessions with her patients offer the most compelling evidence of alien abduction ever documented. Elias Koteas and Will Patton co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Mystery & Suspense

Olatunde Osunsanmi

Mar 16, 2010


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When the director divides the screen into quadrants for his big finish, the effect is just laughable -- but then by that point, the movie is too.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
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Unfortunately, none of the subsequent noise is all that scary, and the striving for Paranormal Activity's buzz is shameless.

November 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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[A] dull, clumsy little movie.

November 9, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (8)
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No, no, no, no.

November 9, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (11)
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Badly acted by everyone (including the director, Olatunde Osunsanmi, who appears onscreen), this insipid jumble's idea of fright is incessant screaming.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (3)
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Ultimately, the film's narrative segments are far too glossy and over-stylized, larded with ponderous scoring, obvious melodrama and split-screen visuals that offset the "reenactments" with the "real."

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Something weird is going on in Nome, Alaska. Unsolved murders. suicidal freak-outs. a bunch of people having eerie, similar nightmares. and a spooky white owl.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

It's an interesting meta-textual experiment, but that doesn't in itself make for an interesting movie, or a suspenseful one. There are things to like about it, but the whole doesn't really seem equal to the sum of its parts.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

[The] ostensible archival footage proves so clunky and transparently phony that the entire gimmick collapses.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

If there were a low point of viral movie marketing last decade, consider "The Fourth Kind" the Marianas Trench. The title refers to four levels of alien interaction, and the pedestrian plotting on display proved Steven Spielberg stopped at the right one.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

"Attempting shock value and extraterrestrial disturbance to generate a cult smash, Kind will likely tire audiences before it ever has a chance to swindle them."

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

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March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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The arrogance and ignorance on display is truly amazing. Arrogance of its superiority over the audience's intellect and ignorance of filmmaking craft.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

It's my policy to sit through every film that opens theatrically in Atlanta. If I was going to violate that policy, it would be for this film. I hope I make my point. Paul Chambers, CNN.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

The Fourth Kind is more likely to elicit laughter than the suspense it promised in the opening monologue.

January 20, 2010 Full Review Source:

Frankly, this movie is quite scary when it's viewed with the idea that this is the film version of creepy disappearances that are really happening in Nome, Alaska. When it's not that, it's almost laughable.

November 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly | Comments (4)
Sci-Fi Weekly

Where is Fox Mulder when you need him?

November 19, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comments (4)

The "The Fourth Kind" poses as another successful documentary on the hot trail of "Paranormal Activity". Too bad this film is missing many ingredients to make it a blockbuster success.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Comments (2)
Entertainment Spectrum

He apparently thinks white owls are a lot scarier than they are. (I mean, I guess because their heads swivel around, you can't sneak up on them from behind. But when would you need to sneak up on an owl?)

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Comment (1)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Purporting to be a true story of alien abduction, in reality it's a clumsy attempt to update the hoax technique Orson Welles perfected seven decades ago.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

... a sophisticated hoax ...

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comment (1)
Sacramento News & Review

The first line in The Fourth Kind has Milla Jovovich calling herself an 'actress,' so we know right away the film is lying.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (9)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Fourth Kind delivers a handful of decent shocks but it's ultimately let down by a weak plot, some patchy performances and the fact that the fictionalised reconstruction element doesn't really work.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)

Has out-Blair Witch'd The Blair Witch Project.

November 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

(Director) Olatunde Osunsanmi, his cast and crew work so hard to make it all seem so real that you spend more time debating with yourself whether what you are watching is truth or fiction ...

November 11, 2009 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for The Fourth Kind

The Forth Kind is a film that should have been in the 'Found footage' genre or it should have been a 'mockumentry'. The people responsible decided instead to try to fool the audience with a weird split screen with supposed real footage on one side and reconstruction on the other. It's like a 'whose acting is worst' competition. Some of the 'real footage' is spooky but ultimately spoiled by lazy interference and horrible over acting. This is one horrible experiment that should have been stopped before any money had been spent on it. The acting is horrible, the casting is stupid, the story and characters are completely unbelievable and everything in-between is stupid. Cringe-worthy, lazy or a very bad idea, I'll let Olatunde Osunsanmi decide.
October 11, 2013

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The actors do passably in this and the direction's not terrible, but the concept and the writing will make you puke, puke like that episode of The Family Guy where everyone pukes. In essence, the devil/exorcist movie franchise adopted towards aliens. Next.
March 2, 2013

Super Reviewer

It is impossible to take this any seriously, a stupid fictional film that insults the audience trying so hard to make you believe that everything it tells is real - but the hoax is unconvincing, the screen splitting gimmick is ridiculous and Mila Jovovich a terrible actress.
August 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

The movie starts out with Milla Jovovich and the director telling the viewer that everything that you are about to see is a hundred percent true. The PSA-style beginning highlights the ultimate problem with this film: it tries way too hard to convince the audience that the story presented is true. During key scenes the film would show supposed "reenactment" footage along with the "actual" footage side by side and the results are simply laughable. The "reenactment" footage is too over-stylized and over-the-top to be taken seriously while the "actual" footage is so obviously fake. Plus the stuff shown in the "actual" footage is so fantastical that it would have surely shown up on the internet at some point rather than being shown for the first time in movie format. Seeing the "real" Dr. Tyler covered in white zombie-like makeup is also a real hoot. Take away the whole "reenactment of true events" lure, this is just a very sub-par sci-fi/horror flick in which very little happens. Some of the ideas are cool but they are wasted on poor execution. Either they should have went into straight drama format or tell the story in a light mock documentary style just like 'District 9'. Some decent acting and shock moments here and there but this movie was just a waste of a potentially intriguing premise.
June 17, 2012
Christopher Heim

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    1. Dr. Abigail Tyler: Someone or something came into my room. They took me away.
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
    1. Dr. Abigail Tyler: [When Will get's stabbed] Ohhhh!
    2. Dr. Abigail Tyler: There's blood everywhere! Everywhere, it's all over me.
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
    1. Dr. Abigail Tyler: In the end, what you believe is yours to decide.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Dr. Abigail Tyler: An encounter in the first kind, that's when you see a UFO. The second kind is when you see evidence of it: crop circles, radiation. The third kind is when you make contact. But the fourth kind, there's nothing more frightening than the fourth. You see, that one is when they abduct you.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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