Fantastic Four Reviews

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August 13, 2015
A lightweight and basically unnecessary attempt to once again bring some cinematic life to one of the lesser teams in the Marvel Universe.
August 12, 2015
The latest iteration of "Fantastic Four" is far from what its name suggests. Profoundly uninteresting, it hits all the beats of the standard superhero movie, but provides nothing in the way of imagination or magic.
August 10, 2015
Laughably cheesy, bordering on Zardoz levels of simplicity.
August 8, 2015
If you would like to admire the awfulness of Fantastic Four without actually having to sit through it--or if you've already seen the movie and are still reeling from the experience--read on.
August 7, 2015
The special effects are cheesy, the acting perfunctory, the plotting pallid.
August 7, 2015
It's not wholesale terrible -- just depressingly mediocre, and at a certain point you sort of start wishing it WERE definitively terrible, because that would at least make it more entertaining or give it a certain strange raison d'etre.
August 7, 2015
Above all, what distinguishes the film's approach is the faith it puts in its young lead actors, especially Teller, who made an impact as an ambitious jazz student in Whiplash and is no less impressive and thoughtful here.
August 7, 2015
The entire experience is shameful -- for us, for the filmmakers, for whoever at the studio had the job of creating the ads, in which the cast appear to be starring in hostage posters.
August 7, 2015
The resulting film combines the worst aspects of gritty reboots with the worst aspects of cartoony, comic book logic.
August 7, 2015
A light subversion of today's blockbuster aesthetics... Trank isn't using characters with built-in visual spectacle to wow us. He's inviting us to react with sympathy to what is basically the bodily horror of their new abilities.
August 7, 2015
It's as if the whole Marvel thing got in the way of the indie movie everyone secretly wanted to make - a squeamishness that does no one any favours.
August 7, 2015
A comic book movie that is bizarrely short on humour and action.
August 7, 2015
The film's dynamic is completely off, offering too much build and too little payoff.
August 6, 2015
The film's lack of scale becomes readily apparent in the final confrontation, which is surprisingly toothless.
August 6, 2015
Oh, well - they can always reboot.
August 6, 2015
A boy genius develops a teleportation device, beams to another dimension, brings back superpowers, accidentally creates supervillain, has big fight, wins, QED.
August 6, 2015
There are hints of a more compelling story but they are never developed and the movie as a whole seems like the unhappy marriage of competing agendas.
August 6, 2015
This Josh Trank-directed reboot had a very low hurdle to overcome to become the best FF movie so far. The most fantastical aspect of the movie is that it may not achieve that goal.
August 6, 2015
I can't remember the last time four actors appeared less invested in a movie for which they've teamed up.
August 6, 2015
Once those super powers kick in, the whole film goes into a more standard gear. We've seen it all before, and it's safe to say we'll be seeing it all again as well.
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