I Am Number Four


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.



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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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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 (35)

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

    Feb 28, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • If Pettyfer and Agron were less amorphous figureheads, and there had been a better script, the enjoyment might have been more.

    Feb 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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…
  • It's not really dreadful but it's not really enough.

    Feb 24, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for I Am Number Four

  • May 20, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    Tense from the beginning, the film seems to fizzle out halfway through.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2012
    Where there were once nine hopes for an alien race, now there are only six, after the third(Greg Townley) is killed by the evil Mogadorians. As a result, number four(Alex Pettyfer) gets a new scar which is a signal for his wat...protector Henri(Timothy Olyphant) to relocate them from Florida to Ohio. Unlike every other single teenager in the history of the world, four, now under the name of John Smith, wants to go to high school which Henri reluctantly permits as long as he does not bring any unwanted attention to himself. That lasts all of five minutes before John protects Sam(Callan McAuliffe) from a bully which Sarah(Dianna Agron, surprisingly good) takes notice of. Bernie Kosar poster and cute dog notwithstanding, "I Am Number Four" is a mediocre and contrived science fiction variation on "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," replete with the beginnings of a Scooby Gang, but lacking much of its magic and heart, despite Marti Noxon being credited as one of the movie's writers. By comparison, the late lamented "The Fades" pulled it off with its original and weird mythology. Along these same lines, the movie could have definitely used more mystery than a pyrotechnic blonde(Teresa Palmer) on the loose. Even the whole teenagers finding themselves going from number to individual is pure "The Prisoner."(At least, Sarah is also included in this conversation.) Like Sam says, the classics are usually the best.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2012
    I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. In this day and age, everything is trying to be the new teen driving force of fantasy fiction. Usually focussing on an outsider that belongs to a bizarre otherworldly group. We've done wizards, vampires, and now we have aliens. I Am Number Four sees Alex Pettyfer star as a boy that must run from location to location, along with his guardian Henri. They are being hunted as they are part of an alien race wiped out on their home planet by the Mogadorian. There are 9 special kids with different powers. 3 have already been killed. Pettyfer has all the key ingredients to be a leading man. He has looks and charm, and is able to carry enough emotion when he needs to. I Am Number Four is nothing new at all, but it does do everything well. Perhaps I was in the mood for something simple. You get your cliched high school characters, and their usual relationships. Pettyer falls fro the ex of the high school hero jock etc. Makes friends with the creepy conspiracy kid and so on. But I liked all these characters. The action was fantastic and I felt really involved. Gun battles, exciting foot chases, martial arts, and all of it filmed so you can tell precisely what is going on. It's one of those films that was exactly what I wanted at the time. I will certainly be reading the books after this.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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