Fantastic Four

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Dull and downbeat, this Fantastic Four proves a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great.

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Transported to an alternate universe, four young outsiders gain superhuman powers as they alter their physical form in shocking ways. Reed Richards becomes Mr. Fantastic, able to stretch and twist his body at will, while pal Ben Grimm gains immense strength as the Thing. Johnny Storm becomes the Human Torch, able to control and project fire, while his sister Sue becomes the Invisible Woman. Together, the team must harness their new abilities to prevent Doctor Doom from destroying the Earth.

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Miles Teller
Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic
Michael B. Jordan
Johnny Storm, The Human Torch
Kate Mara
Sue Storm, The Invisible Woman
Jamie Bell
Ben Grimm, The Thing
Toby Kebbell
Victor Von Doom, Doctor Doom
Reg E. Cathey
Dr. Franklin Storm
Chet Hanks
Jimmy Grimm
Jeremy Slater
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Simon Kinberg
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Josh Trank
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Stan Lee
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Four

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  • A lightweight and basically unnecessary attempt to once again bring some cinematic life to one of the lesser teams in the Marvel Universe.

    August 13, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • 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 12, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Laughably cheesy, bordering on Zardoz levels of simplicity.

    August 10, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The special effects are cheesy, the acting perfunctory, the plotting pallid.

    August 7, 2015 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four

  • Apr 16, 2018
    Unfortunately for everyone involved and especially the audience, the creators of this reboot had no idea what the F4 stand for, or what their stories should be about. This is rather dark, without charm or humor and totally ruins one of the greatest villains of Marvel comics. sure, the special effects are decent and there is potential for a somewhat good film here or there but the stereotypes and lack of an intriguing plot entirely ruin any chance of a redeeming movie experience. Very disappointing.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    By far the worst superhero film ever made. Possibly one of the worst films I've ever seen, and trust me, I've seen a lot of awful movies.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2016
    This film was atrocious. I can't believe how much they dropped the ball on this one... Let me explain the positives/negatives. Positives: 1. The scene with Reed and Ben as kids was handled okay. 2. Victor von Doom killing people in the hallway looked creepy and not that bad. 3. The cast is trying despite given a terrible script. 4. There is potential because of Josh Trank directing, who did direct Chronicle which is my favourite found footage film. Negatives: 1. The performances; every character sounds like they are contractually obligated everytime they speak. Nobody feels like a person the acting is very mechanical and dry. Even though the cast is good and I can tell they are trying the things they are saying just don't work and the jokes don't hit! 2. The tone; this film takes itself way too seriously. The jokes (if there are any!) don't hit at all, this film is so uninspired, it makes the previous Fantastic Four movies look good, because at least you kind of laugh at how bad they are but this film takes itself too seriously. Serious tones only work for certain films like The Dark Knight, but it doesn't work here! 3. The villain; what happened!? Victor von Doom is a joke in this film, not only is he weak but he has no motivation. He is just a bad guy and he looks horrible! At least in the 2005 Fantastic Four they atleast got Dr. Doom's costume right, here they attempt to translate him on the big screen but they do it completely wrong! Dr. Doom is one of the most badass villains and they took a complete dump all over him! 4. The final battle is atrocious, this whole film is boring lacking any action. Now we finally get an action scene but it is terrible and forgettable. One punch and Dr. Doom is defeated. No epic showdown, nothing! Good job guys.... Overall: This might actually be my least favourite comic book film. Don't watch this movie, don't even watch it on Netflix like I did. Poor Josh Trank, he was treated like an animal by 20th Century Fox. I'm just waiting until Fox gives Fantastic Four back to Marvel. All of those positives I listed aren't enough to be redeeming qualities. Absolutely disappointing excuse of a film.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2016
    "Fantastic 4" is more a fantastic two-and-a-half. The rest just sucks.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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