I Am Number Four (2011)

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Critic 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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PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and for brief language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Alex Pettyfer
as John Smith/Number 4
Teresa Palmer
as Number 6
Kevin Durand
as Mogadorian Commander
Jake Abel
as Mark
Jeff Hochendoner
as Sheriff James
Greg Townley
as Number 3
Reuben Langdon
as Number 3's Guardian
Molly McGinnis
as Receptionist
Brian Howe
as Frank
Sophia Caruso
as Girl on Street
Charles Carroll
as Sam's Stepdad
L. Derek Leonidoff
as Mr. Behrman
Garrett M. Brown
as Mr. Simms
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
Cody Johns
as Kern
Isabella Robbins
as Teen at Party
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Critic Reviews for I Am Number Four

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (32)

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.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Pettyfer - a child actor turned model turned self-satisfied hunk - isn't much except blond hair and good cheekbones as our hero.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Perhaps February's recent history as a movie "dumping ground" has me feeling overly generous, but "I Am Number Four" was an enjoyable romp.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Am Number Four

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

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 Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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