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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The enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery of the Silver Surfer and confront the surprising return of their mortal enemy, Dr. Doom, before all hope is lost.


Ioan Gruffudd
as Reed Richards
Jessica Alba
as Sue Storm
Chris Evans
as Johnny Storm
Michael Chiklis
as Ben Grimm
Julian McMahon
as Victor Von Doom
Kerry Washington
as Alicia Masters
Andre Braugher
as General Hager
Doug Jones
as Silver Surfer
Beau Garrett
as Captain Raye
Brian Posehn
as Wedding Minister
Zach Grenier
as Mr. Sherman/Rafke
Dawn Chubai
as Anchorwoman
Chris Gailus
as Anchorman
Kevin McNulty
as Baxter Building Doorman
Andy Stahl
as Tailor
Debbie Timuss
as Hot Party Girl No. 1
Moneca Delain
as Hot Party Girl No. 2
Crystal Lowe
as Hot Party Girl No. 3
Kenneth Welsh
as Dr. Jeff Wagner
Ben Ayers
as Guard No. 1
Vanessa Lachey
as Johnny's Wedding Date
Alicia Thorgrimsson
as New York Pedestrian
Valerie Tian
as New York Teen Girl No. 1
Jeanna Haddow
as New York Teen Girl No. 2
Ali Costigan
as New York Teen Girl No. 3
Patricia Harras
as Fan Four Receptionist
Gonzalo Menendez
as Lieutenant
Suzanne Ristic
as Airline Woman
Giuliana Ranic
as Entertainment Reporter
Cole Landels
as Gift Shop Kid
Cameron Cleary
as Flower Girl
Stan Lee
as Rejected Wedding Guest
Silver Butler
as Wedding Planner
Michasha Armstrong
as Wedding Security
Hitoshi Ikezaki
as Japanese Fisherman
Peter Kawasaki
as Japanese Fisherman
Fareed Abdelhak
as Egyptian Tour Guide
Laurence Fishburne
as Voice of the Silver Surfer
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (106)

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

    Sep 22, 2007 | Full Review…

    Dana Stevens

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 23, 2007 | Rating: 1/6

    David Fear

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

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

    Jun 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.

    Jun 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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