Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

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While an improvement on its predecessor, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is nevertheless a juvenile, simplistic picture that has little benefit beyond its special effects.

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Movie Info

Reed (Ioan Gruffudd), Susan (Jessica Alba), Johnny (Chris Evans) and Ben (Michael Chiklis) face an intergalactic messenger who has arrived to prepare Earth for its destruction. While the enigmatic being wreaks havoc around the world, the heroic quartet must also contend with the unexpected return of their enemy, Victor Von Doom.

Cast & Crew

Ioan Gruffudd
Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic
Jessica Alba
Susan Storm, Invisible Woman
Chris Evans
Johnny Storm, The Human Torch
Michael Chiklis
Ben Grimm, The Thing
Julian McMahon
Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington
Alicia Masters
Laurence Fishburne
Silver Surfer
Voice
Beau Garrett
Capt. Raye
Brian Posehn
Wedding Minister
Tim Story
Director
John Ottman
Original Music
Avi Arad
Producer
Chris Columbus
Executive Producer
Mark Radcliffe
Executive Producer
Michael Barnathan
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (107)

  • An off-brand superhero movie, the cinematic equivalent of one of those generic breakfast cereals with a badly drawn squirrel for a mascot.

    September 22, 2007 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Slate
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  • The film's effects people perform many miracles, from draining the River Thames to ensuring that the Thing produces a convincing smile. But one thing they can't do is to make the unfailingly wholesome Mr Fantastic and friends worth worrying about.

    June 30, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances are plywooden, the cornball visual gags are groanworthy, and Tim Story still can't direct his way out a sack with a map.

    June 23, 2007 | Rating: 1/6

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • It's funnier and splashier than the original, but I still can't quite recommend it.

    June 18, 2007
  • The first movie's genesis story was more fun than the perfunctory doomsday scheme trotted out here.

    June 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you'd have the Fantastic Four franchise.

    June 18, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

  • Jun 20, 2016
    I guess "the powers that be" decided that they could jump start this franchise better if they dabbled into the "cosmic Marvel universe" and brought in the Silver Surfer. What they got was a film that was worse than the original. The Silver Surfer is a great character but used like this it was just not effective and somehow Mark Frost wrote a worse script than before. Effects, again, were the highlight of this film. Also, Laurence Fishburne voices the Silver Surfer.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Rise of the Silver Surfer, where to even fucking begin with Rise of the Silver Surfer!? In case there's someone out there in the world who's not yet guessed, I don't like this movie. If you're looking for the sort of movie that uses bad puns in a way that would make Freddy Kreuger blush, and aren't anywhere near as fun, the kind of movie that shoves half the worlds great monuments into one film, but can only bothered to have them be incredibly bad computer graphic replicas, a movie that would have the audacity to take a giant world eating humanoid and turn him into a cloud, then you'll love Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer... Of course you'll also be a complete moron and should remove yourself from the gene-pool. That's not to say there's nothing good about it. I can understand that there's some okay stuff that people would actually enjoy, but it's none of those things. I'm not going to stay on this one for too long because of how terrible I find it. From memory I'm pretty sure watching this in cinemas was the first time I ever watched a film and didn't enjoy it at all (the only time since then being when I watched Eragon, although it's possible the two were the other way around, I can't recall). There were a couple of gimmicks that were okay-ish, as seen above when The Human Torch and The Thing switch powers near the beginning. Speaking of the beginning, the first third of the movie was definitely the best part of it, the last being the worst. There's not a lot to Rise of the Silver Surfer, and I think even fans of the not-much-better Fantastic 4 from 2005. Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger, Push, Scott Pilgrim VS The World, Sunshine) was decent, particularly in his interactions with The Thing, and they got the same guy back to play Doctor Doom (although the writing of his character severely suffered in this instalment). The film is hardly any good, but it is at least watchable, not a thrilling effects ride Revenge of the Fallen calibre kind of way, but I could sit the whole way through, and though not thoroughly loving it, didn't have to force myself to not fall asleep or forget the movie was playing at all. 21% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2013
    Reasonably entertaining
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2013
    Horrid and useless plot with horrid and useless acting.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer

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