The Fourth Kind


The Fourth Kind

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While it boasts a handful of shocks, The Fourth Kind is hokey and clumsy and makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane.



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Set in the fall of 2000 and purportedly based on actual events, The Fourth Kind stars Milla Jovovich as Dr. Abigail Tyler, a Nome, Alaska-based psychotherapist whose videotaped sessions with her patients offer the most compelling evidence of alien abduction ever documented. Elias Koteas and Will Patton co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Milla Jovovich
as Dr. Abigail Tyler
Elias Koteas
as Abel Campos
Hakeem Kae-Kazim
as Awolowa Odusami
Will Patton
as Sheriff August
Corey Johnson
as Tommy Fisher

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Critic Reviews for The Fourth Kind

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  • When the director divides the screen into quadrants for his big finish, the effect is just laughable -- but then by that point, the movie is too.

    Jul 4, 2010 | Rating: 3.9/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

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  • Unfortunately, none of the subsequent noise is all that scary, and the striving for Paranormal Activity's buzz is shameless.

    Nov 11, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] dull, clumsy little movie.

    Nov 9, 2009
  • No, no, no, no.

    Nov 9, 2009
  • Badly acted by everyone (including the director, Olatunde Osunsanmi, who appears onscreen), this insipid jumble's idea of fright is incessant screaming.

    Nov 6, 2009 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, the film's narrative segments are far too glossy and over-stylized, larded with ponderous scoring, obvious melodrama and split-screen visuals that offset the "reenactments" with the "real."

    Nov 6, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fourth Kind


The actors do passably in this and the direction's not terrible, but the concept and the writing will make you puke, puke like that episode of The Family Guy where everyone pukes. In essence, the devil/exorcist movie franchise adopted towards aliens. Next.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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It is impossible to take this any seriously, a stupid fictional film that insults the audience trying so hard to make you believe that everything it tells is real - but the hoax is unconvincing, the screen splitting gimmick is ridiculous and Mila Jovovich a terrible actress.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The movie starts out with Milla Jovovich and the director telling the viewer that everything that you are about to see is a hundred percent true. The PSA-style beginning highlights the ultimate problem with this film: it tries way too hard to convince the audience that the story presented is true. During key scenes the film would show supposed "reenactment" footage along with the "actual" footage side by side and the results are simply laughable. The "reenactment" footage is too over-stylized and over-the-top to be taken seriously while the "actual" footage is so obviously fake. Plus the stuff shown in the "actual" footage is so fantastical that it would have surely shown up on the internet at some point rather than being shown for the first time in movie format. Seeing the "real" Dr. Tyler covered in white zombie-like makeup is also a real hoot. Take away the whole "reenactment of true events" lure, this is just a very sub-par sci-fi/horror flick in which very little happens. Some of the ideas are cool but they are wasted on poor execution. Either they should have went into straight drama format or tell the story in a light mock documentary style just like 'District 9'. Some decent acting and shock moments here and there but this movie was just a waste of a potentially intriguing premise.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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It has some built in scares and although you lose a bit of interest in the second half of the film it still manages to be quite astonishing with the help of actual footage. Whether the footage was edited or not however, The Fourth Kind was put together pretty well.

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