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I Am Number Four (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. John (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary young man, masking his true identity and passing as a typical student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed...he is Number Four. Based on the book by Pittacus Lore.-- (C)Dreamworksmore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and for brief language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Miles Millar, Alfred Gough, Marti Noxon
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 24, 2011
Box Office: $55.1M
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Alex Pettyfer
as John Smith/Number 4
Teresa Palmer
as Number 6
Kevin Durand
as Mogadorian Commander
Jeff Hochendoner
as Sheriff James
Greg Townley
as Number 3
Reuben Langdon
as Number 3's Guardian
Molly McGinnis
as Receptionist
Sophia Caruso
as Girl on Street
Charles Carroll
as Sam's Stepdad
L. Derek Leonidoff
as Mr. Behrman
Sabrina De Matteo
as Physics Teacher
Cooper Thornton
as Sarah's Dad
Judith Hoag
as Sarah's Mom
Jack Walz
as Sarah's Brother
Bill Laing
as Demented Farmer
Isabella Robbins
as Teen at Party
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Critic Reviews for I Am Number Four

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (32)

Though geared towards a young adult audience, I Am Number Four entertains with sleek special effects, scary aliens, and superhero action.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | November 21, 2011
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2011
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.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011
American Profile

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2011

Audience Reviews for I Am Number Four


A watchable sci fi story with TV teen style acting. Really i could have seen this being on the little screen be it either Disney or CW or something or other. While not bad and not a horrible idea. It really seemed very small for the big screen.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Somewhat interesting plot that could have been more fun than it actually was. Then again, I could look at Pettyfer and drool for hours on end. Good movie? M'eh. But I'd see it again.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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