The Fourth Kind Reviews

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Neil Pond
American Profile
September 30, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011

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 | Original Score: 6/10
Ian Buckwalter
Top Critic
July 4, 2010

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 | Original Score: 3.9/10
Jason Zingale
January 20, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 5, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
November 5, 2009

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
November 5, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
Top Critic
November 9, 2009

No, no, no, no.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
November 5, 2009

Mr. Osunsanmi's chutzpah exceeds his skill.

Jordan Hoffman
November 4, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: D
David Wildman
Boston Phoenix
November 5, 2009

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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Paul Chambers
March 12, 2010

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 | Original Score: F
James Rocchi
November 5, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
November 18, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 6, 2009

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 6, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
November 1, 2009

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

Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 6, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 5, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
November 5, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: C-
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