Fantastic Four (2015)



Critic Consensus: Dull and downbeat, this Fantastic Four proves a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great.

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FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. (C) Fox
PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, and language)
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Michael B. Jordan
as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch
Kate Mara
as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman
Miles Teller
as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic
Jamie Bell
as Ben Grimm/The Thing
Toby Kebbell
as Victor Domashev/Doom
Tim Blake Nelson
as Harvey Elder
Chet Hanks
as Jimmy Grimm
Reg E. Cathey
as Dr. Franklin Storm
Sue-Lynn Ansari
as Baxter Board Member
Don Yesso
as Pentagon General
Owen Judge
as Young Reed Richards
Jane Rumbaua
as Johnny's Doctor
Christopher Heskey
as Delta Force Soldier #2
Wayne Pére
as Science Fair Judge
Shauna Rappold
as Military Tech
Mary Rachel Dudley
as Mrs. Richards
Jaylen Moore
as Delta Force Leader
Lance E. Nichols
as D.C. General Official
Jerrad Vunovich
as Baxter Student
Mary-Pat Green
as Pat Green-Ben's Mother
Rhonda Dents
as Science Fair Judge
David Kency
as Guard
Melissa McCurley
as Sue Storm's Doctor
Gus Rhodes
as Argentine
Han Soto
as Reed's Doctor
Evan Hannemann
as Young Ben Grimm
Kylen Davis
as Kid-Teaser
Ben VanderMey
as Area 57 Soldier
Adam Fristoe
as Quantum Gate Scientist
John L. Armijo
as Local Cop #2
Marco St. John
as Military Official #2 Area 57
Gretchen Koerner
as Reed Scientist #1
Nick Killebrew
as Science Fair Student
Deneen Tyler
as DC Military Official
Lisa Ann Smith
as NYC Passerby
Alexandra Goel
as Sibling
Anthony Reynolds
as Military Official #1
Patrick Kearns
as Hazmat Worker
Elton LeBlanc
as Baxter Institute Professor
John Ceallach
as Navy SEAL
Mike R. Moreau
as Military Tech
Allen Romeraux
as Science Student
Timothy Bell
as Local Cop
Daryl Thibodaux
as Lab Technician
John R. Mangus
as USMC Captain
Joseph Oliveira
as Army Soldier
Jesse Yarborough
as Politician
John Henry
as South American Rebel
Bryan Stapf
as Reed's Guard
Kerry Sims
as Military Officer
Robert 'Bigg Sarge' Deon
as Delta Force Operative
Cynthia LeBlanc
as Baxter Institute Professor
Ronnie Hooks
as Science Fair Judge
John Teal Jr.
as Professor
John Teal Jr.
as Professor
Jeffry Griffin
as Reed Scientist
Anthony Ramsey
as Street Racer
Ravi Naidu
as Ben Scientist #1
Duane Moseley
as Area 57 Tech
Andre Pushkin
as Ukrainian Rebel
Jerome Andries
as Baxter Security Guard #1
Santana Draper
as Science Fair Kid
Michael 'Mick' Harrity
as Military Interrogator
Artrial Clark
as Angry New Yorker
Michael D. Anglin
as Baxter Boardroom Member
Kyle Crosby
as Baxter Tech
David Michael Cefalu
as Military Tech
Kesha Bullard
as Ben Scientist #2
Alfonzo Walker
as Soldier
Fernandez Osvaldo
as Delta Force Soldier
Spence Maughon
as Johnny's Technician
Steve Kish
as Quantum Gate Scientist
Eric Berris
as Science Fair Patron
Garrett Hollingsworth
as Ben's Brother
Nathan Alan Thomas
as Scientist Hazmat Suit
Keith Nussbaum
as Area 57 Tech
Abhi Trivedi
as Baxter Employee #19
Nathaniel Holt
as Military Tech
Markeith Coleman
as Ball Player
Jackson Pyle
as Willie
Robert D'Arensbourg
as Senior Quatum Physicist
Tamika Shanell Johnson
as Hospital Patient
Will Stone
as Baxter Boardroom Member
Joshua Montes
as Boy Classmate
Barney Lanning
as Science Fair Plane Kid
Andrew J. Spinks
as Air Force Major
Sheldon Maurer
as Science Fair Student
Kurt Schlachter
as Sue Storm's Doctor
Carlos Retana Jr.
as South American Captive
Anna R. Parsons
as Girl Classmate
Carlos Retana Jr.
as South American Captive
Clint Michael Naquin
as Chechen Rebel
Adam Elder
as Area 57 Guard
M. Jearl Vinot
as Quantum Scientist
Roger L. Pfeiffer
as Scientist
Gloria Gonnillini
as Civilian Lab Tech
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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Four

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (43)

A lightweight and basically unnecessary attempt to once again bring some cinematic life to one of the lesser teams in the Marvel Universe.

August 13, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The latest iteration of "Fantastic Four" is far from what its name suggests. Profoundly uninteresting, it hits all the beats of the standard superhero movie, but provides nothing in the way of imagination or magic.

August 12, 2015
Tribune News Service
Top Critic

Laughably cheesy, bordering on Zardoz levels of simplicity.

Full Review… | August 10, 2015
Top Critic

If you would like to admire the awfulness of Fantastic Four without actually having to sit through it--or if you've already seen the movie and are still reeling from the experience--read on.

Full Review… | August 8, 2015
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The special effects are cheesy, the acting perfunctory, the plotting pallid.

Full Review… | August 7, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It's not wholesale terrible -- just depressingly mediocre, and at a certain point you sort of start wishing it WERE definitively terrible, because that would at least make it more entertaining or give it a certain strange raison d'etre.

Full Review… | August 7, 2015
Associated Press
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Audience Reviews for Fantastic Four

Josh Trank's (Chronicle) adaptation of the Fantastic Four property is sadly another misfire in Hollywood's continuing failed attempts at bringing Marvel's First Family to the big screen. The big problem with this movie is that it feels like nobody was really at the helm steering the production. The tone and approach is completely all over the place. One minute it's an 80's-style Spielberg kids movie, then it's a silly attempt at being 70's-style hard science fiction with silly science, then it's horror, and then a bland visual effects-infused superhero affair during the film's extremely rushed climax. The film is mildly enjoyable for the first 30 minutes thanks to it's talented young cast (who do a fine job despite the script not giving them much to work with) and some of the visuals are nice (Ex. Johnny Storm's flame effects). But after they get their powers, everything falls apart. The plot becomes a confused ridiculous mess, the character relationships go completely under-developed, the visual effects are shockingly cheap-looking for a 120 million dollar blockbuster, and there is no real action up until the very end. It all culminates into an absolutely lame climactic battle between the FF and Dr. Doom (who is completely wasted in this movie) that is brought down by weak effects, un-imaginative action, and a nonsensical resolution. I'd rank it up there as one of the worst endings to a film I've ever seen. It's a shame because at it's heart there was a unique approach to a superhero movie somewhere in this mess (hard science fiction with emphasis on emotional story-telling) but the ideas never culminate into a good movie. FF fans will have to continue to wait longer for a good FF movie adaptation...or just watch "The Incredibles".

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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"Fantastic 4" is more a fantastic two-and-a-half. The rest just sucks.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Hmm not the summer superhero Blockbuster that it aspired to be. Despite the stellar cast of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Kate Mara, the story is hokey pokey and the stakes are so high that they're impossible to ground in reality.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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