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Marred by goofy attempts at wit, subpar acting, and bland storytelling, Fantastic Four is a mediocre attempt to bring Marvel's oldest hero team to the big screen. Read critic reviews

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Scientist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) persuades his arrogant former classmate, Victor von Doom (Julian McMahon), to fund his experiments with cosmic energy. On von Doom's space station, the crew -- including astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis), researcher Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) and pilot Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) -- are exposed to a mysterious cosmic storm that bestows super powers upon them. As they cope with their transformations, von Doom vows his revenge.

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Ioan Gruffudd
Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic
Jessica Alba
Susan Storm, The Invisible Woman
Chris Evans
Johnny Storm, The Human Torch
Michael Chiklis
Ben Grimm, The Thing
Julian McMahon
Victor Von Doom, Doctor Doom
Kerry Washington
Alicia Masters
Stan Lee
Mailman Willy Lumpkin
Tim Story
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Avi Arad
Producer
John Ottman
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Oliver Wood
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William Hoy
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  • Jun 20, 2016
    This movie was just not that great. Script was pretty flat and the film was just not that entertaining. The effects, especially with Johnny Storm, were pretty good but that was about it. Julian McMahon as Victor Von Doom was about as good as the acting got and that's not saying much.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    It's watchable, and would probably benefit from going for some M-rated content. And some of the casting was atrocious. The casting of Chris Evans (Scott Pilgrim VS The World, The Losers, Push, Sunshine, Cellular) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch was not one of these bad casting decisions. In fact, Evans, along with Australian actor Julian McMahon (who is much more attractive than his father, Australian ex-Prime Minister, Sir William McMahon) almost managed to salvage the film. McMahon portrays the antagonist, Doctor Doom. Other than the rest of the casting choices, I have a few more problems with this film. The depressingly fake mise en scène being among them; mainly the terrible direction of extras in the film. The fact that these completely normal people are whacked straight in the face with a super-power granting cloud, 15 minutes in to a two hour plus film, without ever really finding out about how they lived as humans, also doesn't go very far towards helping their case. Sure it's loud, but in an effects driven action film, that has terrible effects, you have to push really hard to come up with something good, and Fantastic 4 did not push hard. It'll be very interesting to see what happens from here. I know there's a rubbish sequel and all but that's not what I mean. I'm talking about Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans is playing the eponymous protagonist in the film, which is another Marvel pump-out. So, despite the comics all being intertwined, it doesn't really seem like Johnny Storm and Steve Rogers will never meet. Unless they reboot Fantastic 4, which I wouldn't mind except that they wouldn't be able to have the only good choice of the 4 not being able to reprise his role. All in all I could basically take it or leave it. Fantastic 4 is not the kind of film that makes me want to kill myself after watching, but it probably wasn't worth watching the second time round I just put myself through to write this review. Sure there's about a scenes worth of human emotion, and a grand total of probably two laughs, and I could understand that there's people out there who do like the film. But from my point of view, I honestly gotta say I'm glad that Marvel left this kind of film style behind. -Gimly
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  • Mar 18, 2013
    Competent entertainment, and a fun feuding dynamic between youngish heroes not quite ready for the limelight, but it's basically just the Marvel Origin Story Template applied once more. Jessica Alba can't act, but Julian McMahon as Dr. Doom is one of the better villain performances in this stable. Meh.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2012
    Pretty good superhero film, The story was a little silly, Acting not very clever, Quite entertaining though, Some good effects and action makes it worth watching.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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