I Am Number Four

2011

I Am Number Four

Critics Consensus

It's positioned as the start of a franchise, but I Am Number Four's familiar plot and unconvincing performances add up to one noisy, derivative, and ultimately forgettable sci-fi thriller.

33%

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Reviews Counted: 165

57%
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User Ratings: 145,502

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57%
Average Rating: 3.5/5

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Three are dead. He is Number Four. D.J. Caruso ("Eagle Eye," "Disturbia") helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary young man, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events-his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. John (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary young man, masking his true identity and passing as a typical student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed...he is Number Four. Based on the book by Pittacus Lore.-- (C)Dreamworks

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Cast

Alex Pettyfer
as John Smith/Number 4
Teresa Palmer
as Number 6
Kevin Durand
as Mogadorian Commander
Jeff Hochendoner
as Sheriff James
Greg Townley
as Number 3
Reuben Langdon
as Number 3's Guardian
Molly McGinnis
as Receptionist
Sophia Caruso
as Girl on Street
Charles Carroll
as Sam's Stepdad
L. Derek Leonidoff
as Mr. Behrman
Sabrina De Matteo
as Physics Teacher
Cooper Thornton
as Sarah's Dad
Judith Hoag
as Sarah's Mom
Jack Walz
as Sarah's Brother
Bill Laing
as Demented Farmer
Isabella Robbins
as Teen at Party
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Critic Reviews for I Am Number Four

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (33)

The logic is dodgy, and the most frightening aspect is the sequel promised at the end.

Feb 28, 2011 | Full Review…
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The setting is the sleepy American town of Dullsville.

Feb 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The young "Four" cast appears to have been plucked from an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue - which isn't an issue until you realize that the characters they're playing are about as thin as the pages in that Gen-Y fashion Bible.

Feb 24, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The door is left wide open for a sequel, but it's hard to imagine there'll be much call for it.

Feb 23, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The sci-fi-teen romance I Am Number Four is witless, insultingly derivative, muddy-looking, and edited in the hammering epileptic style that marks so many films produced, as this one is, by Michael Bay.

Feb 19, 2011 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

Granted, I Am NumberFour is a little better and makes loads more sense than Eagle Eye, Caruso's most recent vehicle for comely young actors in peril. But neither one has the sass and pluck of Disturbia. Watch that instead.

Feb 18, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Am Number Four

½

I am not that sure on how to feel about this movie, its strange, and there are a lot of moments that make no sense whatsoever. But overall all i can say about this movie is that its okay.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Decent Sci-Fi young adult adaption that falls short in the world-building aspect. The special effects are great, especially during the spectacular showdown, but you hardly get a background for any of the characters, much less the world and conflict they are coming from. That takes some of the fascination away for the topic of aliens with powers being among us and leaves the film somewhat flat. It's still pretty entertaining, with lots of attractive newcomers and at least makes you curious about seeing or reading more of this.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Somewhat interesting plot that could have been more fun than it actually was. Then again, I could look at Pettyfer and drool for hours on end. Good movie? M'eh. But I'd see it again.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

A watchable sci fi story with TV teen style acting. Really i could have seen this being on the little screen be it either Disney or CW or something or other. While not bad and not a horrible idea. It really seemed very small for the big screen.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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