Fantastic Four Reviews

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August 6, 2015
Maybe "Fantastic Four" is a cursed property, or maybe just one that shouldn't be turned into a film?
August 6, 2015
A self-destruct mode is apparently automatically included in any film adaptation of Marvel's "First Family of Superheroes." This is the third attempt at a movie franchise - and the third lame result.
August 6, 2015
An unfortunate movie that does an embarrassing disservice to the decades-old property and is a frightful waste of all the talent involved.
August 6, 2015
Thus does the summer of the superhero movie stumble to an end with a whimper and a wheeze.
Top Critic
August 6, 2015
Even a cast of our very finest 28-to-32-year-olds who can sort of pass as adolescents ... can't save this dreary, overfamiliar origin story.
August 6, 2015
The latest reboot of the Fantastic Four - the cinematic equivalent of malware - is worse than worthless. It not only scrapes the bottom of the barrel; it knocks out the floor and sucks audiences into a black hole of soul-crushing, coma-inducing dullness.
August 6, 2015
A plodding retelling of the Marvel Comics characters' origin story. Everyone involved seems to be just punching the clock until payday.
August 6, 2015
All four principals -- Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell -- are well-cast, and their gee-whiz idealism is just right for the wide-eyed perspective of director Josh Trank.
August 6, 2015
Fantastic Four, yet another live-action, big-screen reboot of the Marvel comic book, starts with a sloooooooow burn that lasts for more than an hour. But, unlike the Human Torch himself, the movie never ignites into anything exciting.
August 6, 2015
There are so many places where you suspect you might feel something, if only it weren't so badly done.
August 6, 2015
Ms. Mara disappears. Her character also has the power to make other things vanish. I would say she should have exercised it on this movie, but in a week or two that should take care of itself.
August 6, 2015
Much of Josh Trank's abysmal "Fantastic Four" is set in a barren place called Planet Zero - and you may feel stranded there yourself for all 100 minutes of this plodding, joyless and stillborn Marvel reboot.
August 6, 2015
The third big-budget attempt to tell the origin story of the Fantastic Four superhero saga on film hasn't turned out to be the charm.
August 6, 2015
It's as if it looked at possible templates for excitement and willfully decided to go for something more disjointed and boring.
August 6, 2015
There's a fundamental tonal dissonance at the heart of Fantastic Four. The awkward staging, cut-rate effects, and stilted dialogue might have worked alongside a fun, ridiculous story.
August 6, 2015
The fatal flaw is that it squanders more time fashioning these familiar Marvel Comics heroes than it does motivating them.
Top Critic
August 6, 2015
It's shockingly humorless and glacially slow for a film featuring a bendy boy genius, an invisible woman, a human torch, and a talking pile of stones.
August 6, 2015
This is a step backward, in more ways than one, for the franchise.
August 6, 2015
For a movie largely set on a planet ("Planet Zero") coursing with living, liquid energy, I don't know if I've ever seen a superhero movie more in need of a lie-down.
August 6, 2015
Is it a home run? No. But at this point, comic fans are just happy to see Fox play error-free ball with their Marvel adaptations, and "Fantastic Four" mostly qualifies.
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