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The Fourth Kind Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly
November 21, 2009
Frankly, this movie is quite scary when it's viewed with the idea that this is the film version of creepy disappearances that are really happening in Nome, Alaska. When it's not that, it's almost laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
November 12, 2009
... a sophisticated hoax ...
| Original Score: 3/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
November 11, 2009
Has out-Blair Witch'd The Blair Witch Project.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
November 11, 2009
(Director) Olatunde Osunsanmi, his cast and crew work so hard to make it all seem so real that you spend more time debating with yourself whether what you are watching is truth or fiction ...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
November 8, 2009
proves that a horror film doesn't need splashy digital effects or pyrotechnics to be effective
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 7, 2009
The release date is not the fault of the movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 6, 2009
Mostly engaging with fleeting scares, stylish cinematography and an initially intriguing premise, but the suspense and chills wane as its script grows increasingly silly, unfocused and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.0/10
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 6, 2009
The mission here is to demonstrate how, in this explosive age of dubious information, cynicism can be quickly trumped by gullibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
November 6, 2009
There are three scenes in the film where I slowly brought my hand up to my mouth and became teary eyed because I was so frightened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
Movies.com
November 6, 2009
When the image on screen splits in half and and two actors... are side-by-side competing to see who, under movie-hypnosis, can freak out the hardest and contort their face into horrifying mouth-shapes, it's really effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
November 6, 2009
The Fourth Kind aims to do for alien abduction what Paranomal Activity did for hauntings. And to a large degree, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Vic Holtreman
ScreenRant
November 5, 2009
IF you let it draw you in with its factual approach, The Fourth Kind will creep you out more than Paranormal Activity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 5, 2009
In a land of recycled ideas and remakes, The Fourth Kind is a valiant original, no matter how deceptive it may ultimately be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kara Nesvig
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 5, 2009
The Fourth Kind is legitimately scary enough to keep you in your seat. (Just don't Google the flick before you see it.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 5, 2009
You don't have to believe in far-fetched tales of mysterious beams of light and alien abductions to get caught up in The Fourth Kind.
November 5, 2009
It's a well crafted docu-drama-esque film that takes itself seriously, builds tension and scares the sh*t out of you through and through.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 5, 2009
This is the same kind of put-on as the low-budget phenomenon Paranormal Activity. Except it's far more effective (at least at first).
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
November 4, 2009
Osunsanmi knows that everybody secretly wants to believe and when it comes to giving the people what they want, he does not disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jenna Busch
Huffington Post
November 3, 2009
The Fourth Kind was one of the scariest things I've seen in years. I'm going out to see it again, which tells you how much I care whether or not it's a hoax...I enjoyed every thrilling minute of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
November 3, 2009
Olatunde Osunsnmi has created something incredibly original that can be debated and discussed endlessly regardless of whether you accept everything in his film as real or faked or a little bit of both.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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