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The Fourth Kind Reviews

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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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 11, 2009
Unfortunately, none of the subsequent noise is all that scary, and the striving for Paranormal Activity's buzz is shameless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 9, 2009
[A] dull, clumsy little movie.
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
November 9, 2009
No, no, no, no.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 6, 2009
Badly acted by everyone (including the director, Olatunde Osunsanmi, who appears onscreen), this insipid jumble's idea of fright is incessant screaming.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 6, 2009
The mission here is to demonstrate how, in this explosive age of dubious information, cynicism can be quickly trumped by gullibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 6, 2009
Unintentionally, laughably bad.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 6, 2009
The Fourth Kind has a clever gimmick and nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 6, 2009
Osunsanmi's tricksy formal device simply reinforces our disbelief and invites ridicule.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 6, 2009
At a recent preview screening, the most common audience response to this nonsense was laughter, not gasps of horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 6, 2009
You'd do better downloading an old Art Bell show -- say, the one about the guy who put an alien in his freezer -- than investigating this evidence of subnormal activity.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 6, 2009
Without the true-story conceit, The Fourth Kind would be just another formula horror flick with a couple of passable jolts trying to hold a flimsy story together.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 6, 2009
May be humorless, paranoid nonsense, but its biggest failure is its inability to scare.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 6, 2009
In two climactic scenes, the screen goes fuzzy. For over a minute what we're watching is basically a television on the fritz. The only place that's ever been frightening is in the privacy of your living room.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
November 5, 2009
The Fourth Kind may not be the most honest movie in the galaxy, but it's got one thing right: With horror, what you don't see is usually more terrifying than what you do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2009
Mr. Osunsanmi's chutzpah exceeds his skill.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 5, 2009
Writer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi attempts an Orson Welles-like confluence of "real" and imagined that might have worked had he gotten out of the way more, literally and figuratively.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 5, 2009
The Fourth Kind is legitimately scary enough to keep you in your seat. (Just don't Google the flick before you see it.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 5, 2009
A frustrating exercise in terror that relies too heavily on gimmicks to have any genuine impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 5, 2009
You don't have to believe in far-fetched tales of mysterious beams of light and alien abductions to get caught up in The Fourth Kind.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 5, 2009
A mildly scary, totally meaningless excursion into the realms of psychological horror and alien-abduction conspiracies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 5, 2009
As the movie repeatedly insists, it's only presenting this information; it's up to you to decide what to believe. Well, I believe this was a waste of about an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 5, 2009
The Fourth Kind is terminally awkward in the way it meshes fake real footage with faker fake footage. It isn't required to be convincing as fact, but it doesn't convince as fiction, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Whipp
Associated Press
November 5, 2009
The flat-lining, alien-abduction thriller The Fourth Kind offers a close encounter that buries an interesting idea under a barrage of gimmicky, carnivallike hokum.
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
November 5, 2009
Olatunde Osunsanmi's big formal innovation tunrs out to be the split-screen pairing of patently bogus "archival" black-and-white video that shows alleged abductees undergoing hypnosis and color "reenactments" of same.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2009
This stiff paranormal thriller could stand a lot more activity.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 4, 2009
Too often, The Fourth Kind makes the paranormal look disappointingly normal.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rob Nelson
Variety
November 4, 2009
Universal's alien-abduction thriller none too cleverly bids to pass off mock-documentary footage of levitating psychological patients--and, scarier still, ordinary talking heads--as the real deal.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
November 3, 2009
A couple of modestly effective shocks lie in store, but none as frightening as the onscreen text informing us that some 11 million people claim to have seen a UFO.