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I Am Number Four (2011)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 158
Fresh: 52 | Rotten: 106

It's positioned as the start of a franchise, but I Am Number Four's familiar plot and unconvincing performances add up to one noisy, derivative, and ultimately forgettable sci-fi thriller.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 25

It's positioned as the start of a franchise, but I Am Number Four's familiar plot and unconvincing performances add up to one noisy, derivative, and ultimately forgettable sci-fi thriller.



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Three are dead. He is Number Four. D.J. Caruso ("Eagle Eye," "Disturbia") helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary young man, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love (Dianna

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The young "Four" cast appears to have been plucked from an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue - which isn't an issue until you realize that the characters they're playing are about as thin as the pages in that Gen-Y fashion Bible.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
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The door is left wide open for a sequel, but it's hard to imagine there'll be much call for it.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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The sci-fi-teen romance I Am Number Four is witless, insultingly derivative, muddy-looking, and edited in the hammering epileptic style that marks so many films produced, as this one is, by Michael Bay.

February 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
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Granted, I Am NumberFour is a little better and makes loads more sense than Eagle Eye, Caruso's most recent vehicle for comely young actors in peril. But neither one has the sass and pluck of Disturbia. Watch that instead.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (4)
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Pettyfer - a child actor turned model turned self-satisfied hunk - isn't much except blond hair and good cheekbones as our hero.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Perhaps February's recent history as a movie "dumping ground" has me feeling overly generous, but "I Am Number Four" was an enjoyable romp.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)
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Though geared towards a young adult audience, I Am Number Four entertains with sleek special effects, scary aliens, and superhero action.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A solid but unspectacular story that is aided geatly by its four likeable leads.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

I really hope a sequel comes along to answer our questions and close up some loose threads.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (2)
Cinema Crazed

It's very silly, but also thoroughly entertaining because it gives us exactly what we want.

September 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The epic computer-generated alien smackdown is settled in a battle zone well known to any teen: high school hallways and the football field.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

They stumble onto a vacant house that, like all vacant houses in the movies, is fully furnished and has working electricity.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: MediaMikes

An entertaining film that lacks maturity and expression.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

I Am Number Four carefully balances spectacle and story, emerging as a competent start-of-the-year blockbuster.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

No creative inspiration gets in the way of the beautiful people running and jumping and kissing while things go boom in the forgettable teen sci-fi actioner I Am Number Four. [Blu-ray]

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

... strictly fourth-rate young-adult sci-fi thriller. However you rank it, it's by the numbers...

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source:

I walked into this movie a skeptic and left a true believer.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source:

This brave new world of sci-fi adventure, while it seems hopelessly derivative, has more originality than meets the eye ... if you read the book first.

May 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

full review at Movies for the Masses

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

In that way, I Am Number Four feels like a perfect DJ Caruso film. There's nothing wrong with it, but it could be so much more.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's absolutely empty and derivative and kind of a blast and so what? Pass me the Junior Mints.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

There's a lot going on in 'I Am Number Four,' and very little of it makes sense.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Comment (1)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Was the original novel ... as cheesy as this?

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (6)
Sacramento News & Review

Sci-fi thriller is explosive fun (but take care the wooden leads don't give you splinters)

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Hollywood has good reasons to continually make action movies aimed directly at teenagers. Every bad reason can be summed up in one viewing of I Am Number Four.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

I Am Number Four runs a bit like this: OK, OK, ho-hum, yawn, YAY WOW! ... meh.

March 3, 2011 Full Review Source: The Mercury
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Audience Reviews for I Am Number Four

As painful to the ears as it is to the eyes. I am number 4 has the worst dialogue I've heard in a long time. Teenage Alien with angst meets human teenagers with similar angst and team up to fight other aliens who want to kill them for no apparent reason. It is dull beyond belief, poorly written and acted and relies heavily on special effects and a monster fight in the end. The cliches are too many to mention. Should be called I am a big fat number 2.
January 2, 2014

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Decent Sci-Fi young adult adaption that falls short in the world-building aspect. The special effects are great, especially during the spectacular showdown, but you hardly get a background for any of the characters, much less the world and conflict they are coming from. That takes some of the fascination away for the topic of aliens with powers being among us and leaves the film somewhat flat. It's still pretty entertaining, with lots of attractive newcomers and at least makes you curious about seeing or reading more of this.
September 20, 2013

Super Reviewer

I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. In this day and age, everything is trying to be the new teen driving force of fantasy fiction. Usually focussing on an outsider that belongs to a bizarre otherworldly group. We've done wizards, vampires, and now we have aliens. I Am Number Four sees Alex Pettyfer star as a boy that must run from location to location, along with his guardian Henri. They are being hunted as they are part of an alien race wiped out on their home planet by the Mogadorian. There are 9 special kids with different powers. 3 have already been killed. Pettyfer has all the key ingredients to be a leading man. He has looks and charm, and is able to carry enough emotion when he needs to. I Am Number Four is nothing new at all, but it does do everything well. Perhaps I was in the mood for something simple. You get your cliched high school characters, and their usual relationships. Pettyer falls fro the ex of the high school hero jock etc. Makes friends with the creepy conspiracy kid and so on. But I liked all these characters. The action was fantastic and I felt really involved. Gun battles, exciting foot chases, martial arts, and all of it filmed so you can tell precisely what is going on. It's one of those films that was exactly what I wanted at the time. I will certainly be reading the books after this.
March 8, 2012

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    1. Mark: Hey Spock! Head's up UFO brother!
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    1. Nicole: He's a freak! He's some kind of freak!
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    1. Number Six: Who is this tool?
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    1. John Smith/Number Four: You have no idea what I'm capable of.
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    1. Sam: I play a lot of Xbox.
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    1. Number 6: Red Bull is for pussies.
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