Fantastic Four

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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.



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Marvel's first family of comic superheroes takes the world by storm as the longest running comic book series in history comes to the big screen. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, who can elongate his body; Susan Storm/Invisible Woman, who not only can become invisible at will but can render other objects invisible; Johnny Storm/Human Torch, who can shoot fire from his finger tips and bend flame; and Ben Grimm/The Thing, a hideously misshapen monster with superhuman strength, together battle the evil Doctor Doom.

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Jessica Alba
as Sue Storm
Chris Evans
as Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis
as Ben Grimm
Ioan Gruffudd
as Reed Richards
Julian McMahon
as Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington
as Alicia Masters
Laurie Holden
as Debbie McIlvane
Kevin McNulty
as Jimmy O'Hoolihan
Maria Menounos
as Sexy Nurse
Michael Kopsa
as Ned Cecil
Andrew Airlie
as Compound Doctor
Pascale Hutton
as Nightclub Girlfriend
G. Michael Gray
as Nightclub Boyfriend
David Richmond-Peck
as Gallery Patron
Penelope Corrin
as Bohemian Girl 1
Aonika Laurent
as Bohemian Girl 2
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as Bridge Business Man
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as NYPD Bridge Cop 1
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as NYPD Bridge Cop 2
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Deejay Jackson
as Chief Fireman
Morgan Reynolds
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Gina Holden
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Donavon Stinson
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Douglas Weston
as Victor's Doctor
Tony Alcantar
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Brenda Crichlow
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Peggy Gormley
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Four

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (154)

  • Marvel Comics continues to empty out its stable of superheroes with this entertaining tale.

    Apr 25, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Fantastic it most certainly ain't.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • A garish mediocrity.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Keith Phipps

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The result is hardly fantastic, but it is quite a lot of fun.

    Jul 19, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce
    Top Critic
  • Before the inevitable and surprisingly anticlimactic battle with Doom, we are treated to two extreme-sports demonstrations, several training montages, [and] an ill-advised love triangle.

    Jul 12, 2005
  • Bland performances throughout. And really, who wants to make Jessica Alba the invisible girl? What a bad idea. I want her to be visible at all times.

    Jul 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four

  • 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
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • 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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