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The Fourth Kind Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile

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.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 2/5

September 30, 2011
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

March 22, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 3.9/10

July 4, 2010
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

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

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 20, 2010
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Were this movie actually what it says it is, it'd be a reprehensible piece of exploitation; instead it's just another lame thriller with a few cheap scares.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

November 5, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Why the aliens chose this community of 9,261 to abduct so many people is a mystery. Also why owls stare into bedroom windows.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 5, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Not entirely uninteresting, but it suffers from some ill-advised decisions. In fact, the film's "hook" may be its greatest detraction.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

November 5, 2009
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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No, no, no, no.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 9, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Osunsanmi's chutzpah exceeds his skill.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 5, 2009

The Fourth Kind may have more unmotivated booms in its mix than any film I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: D

November 4, 2009
David Wildman
Boston Phoenix

Filmmaker Olatunde Osunsanmi ... does such a clumsy job of arguing that ancient Sumerian aliens are causing havoc in Nome that he spoils any chance he might have had to make a decent scary movie.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 5, 2009
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

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.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: F

March 12, 2010
James Rocchi
Redbox

There's an intriguing idea here... but The Fourth Kind is so clumsy and clunky and stiff it's like watching someone attempt an intricate card trick while wearing oven mitts.

Full Review Source: Redbox | Original Score: 2/5

November 5, 2009
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2009
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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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."

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 6, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Olatunde Osunsanmi who directed The Fourth Kind should have fired the Olatunde Osunsanmi who wrote it.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 6, 2009
Todd Gilchrist
Cinematical

...a thriller that unravels easily even if it nevertheless occasionally qualifies as a scary good time.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

November 1, 2009
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Truth is stranger than fiction, and The Fourth Kind is neither strange nor fictional. It's just plain silly.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2009
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C-

January 5, 2011
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

When so many films are bad in lazy and ordinary ways, it's refreshing to occasionally see one that fails interestingly.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C-

November 5, 2009
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