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Fantastic Four Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2007
Marvel Comics continues to empty out its stable of superheroes with this entertaining tale.
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Mark Salisbury
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Fantastic it most certainly ain't.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
A garish mediocrity.
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
July 12, 2005
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 11, 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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 8, 2005
It exists largely to entertain and delight, which used to be precisely what summer blockbusters were engineered to do.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 8, 2005
If there was ever any doubt that action scenes depend more on context than flash, Fantastic Four proves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 8, 2005
Even if you can get past the acting -- and in the case of the beautiful, blank Alba, that's asking a lot -- the film just sits there, not exactly torturous, but never very exciting, either.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 8, 2005
The Fantastic Four get treated reverently, but not seriously, in this modified retelling of the story, but then it's hard to take any one seriously who goes to work for Dr. Victor Von Doom and Doom Industries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
July 8, 2005
When the Four finally use their different powers together to fight Doctor Doom, it's enough to get you past the torpor of Origin Movie Syndrome and make you hope for a sequel that gets right down to business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 8, 2005
A funky, fun film version of the famous Marvel superhero concoction.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 8, 2005
A wildly uneven, sporadically slapdash action-adventure that amuses in fits and starts.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 8, 2005
Fantastic it ain't, but not bad it sort of is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 8, 2005
A popcorn popper, a cinematic sugar buzz. And blessedly so.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 8, 2005
The comic book adventure is a fun, escapist change of pace from all the politically weighted popcorn fare on the scene this season.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 8, 2005
A perfect storm of wooden acting, hackneyed direction, inane scripting and laughably cartoonish special effects produces a shapeless mess more wearyingly stupid than arch-villian Dr. Doom is evil.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 8, 2005
You don't expect realism from a comic-book movie, but you do want the characters to seem larger than life. Here, they look like contestants at a costume party.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 8, 2005
[The writers are] so busy setting up the premise that they barely get around to exploiting it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 8, 2005
Story can't infuse this juvenile hunk of entertainment with either the wit or the savvy to make it seem like anything more than an overblown version of Saturday- morning TV.
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 8, 2005
The kind of don't-ask- too-many-questions action-hero movie where the humor is tasty and the FX are wicked-cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 8, 2005
A film that's nowhere near as fantastic as it should be. Something's missing. And that something is most likely a strong director.
| Original Score: C+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 8, 2005
A not-so-bad mindless bit of camp escapism that doesn't try to eclipse its dime-store comic book roots.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 8, 2005
A bad superhero comedy that takes its time going nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 8, 2005
In trying to nail just the right mix of comic book action, comedy and pathos, the movie emerges as a tone-deaf mishmash of underdeveloped characters, half-baked humor and unhatched plotting drenched in CGI overkill.
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July 7, 2005
An overinflated B-movie with no grace, no subtext, no wit, and featuring beefcake/cheesecake actors who look like they've been plucked from the soaps.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 7, 2005
There's nothing terribly fantastic about this ho-hum futuristic foray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
'Fantastic Four' could have been hot, but in the hands of some studio blockheads, the premise is stretched so thin that it disappears.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 7, 2005
Rarely terrible, let alone memorable, it's a brutally average piece of disposable summer entertainment that fades from the mind like some hazy, half-sleeping dream.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2005
More superhero sitcom than comic book adventure, the movie lacks a strong, dramatic through-line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 7, 2005
If you want to see how members of a family that's fraught with discord and dysfunction learn about teamwork and the nature of kin -- and dispatch bad guys in the process -- rent The Incredibles.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 7, 2005
Compared with the psychological probing and spiritual brooding of Batman Begins, Fantastic Four is proudly dumb, loud and inconsequential.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Senft
Arizona Republic
July 7, 2005
The radiation-altered members of the Fantastic Four don't show their humanity. Rather, the superpowered quartet is little more than a bland collection of four-color caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 7, 2005
The whole thing lacks oomph and identity.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 7, 2005
It certainly looks stunning, and there's even a try at injecting some human drama and strong emotion into the action stew.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2005
The really good superhero movies, like Superman, SpiderMan 2 and Batman Begins, leave Fantastic Four so far behind that the movie should almost be ashamed to show itself in the same theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 7, 2005
At their best, the results have a comic zip that the X-Men pictures have largely lacked.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 7, 2005
Take the movie on its own lighthearted terms and, chances are, you'll be taken in.
| Original Score: B
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 7, 2005
Sad, then, to see that the Marvel rag that elevated the human element in the pow-biff-bam of the superhero world has been transposed into the most plastic of comic-to-movie adaptations yet.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 7, 2005
This movie is more like a B-grade comic book adaptation than the A-list production it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2005
This clumsy, cheesy, chintzy adaptation, with its F/X that look dated the moment you see them, is like something left over from the '60s, the heyday of Marvel's longest-running series.
Full Review | Original Score: C