Fantastic Four
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A handful of heroes become superheroes under unlikely circumstances in this action drama adapted from the long-running Marvel comic-book series. Four astronauts are on a mission aboard a new experimental spacecraft when they are unexpectedly exposed to a massive dose of gamma rays. The accident causes strange and unexpected transformations in all four. Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd), top scientist and leader of the mission, can now stretch his body like elastic and is dubbed Mr. Fantastic. His partner and sweetheart, Sue Storm (Jessica Alba), develops the ability to become invisible at will,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Marvel Comics continues to empty out its stable of superheroes with this entertaining tale."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Bland performances throughout. And really, who wants to make Jessica Alba the invisible girl? What a bad idea. I want her to be visible at all times."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Fantastic Four is terribly miscast. It's poorly written, visually uninteresting, and worst of all, boring. The film drags considerably. There are huge gaps without any action and it brings the pacing to an unbearable crawl."
‑ Julian Roman, MovieWeb
"Director Tim Story ("Barbershop") sets an uneven tempo for the embarrassingly clunky script by Michael France ("Hulk") and Mark Frost ("Storyville")."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Four-play without any climax."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Fantastic it most certainly ain't."
‑ Mark Salisbury, Time Out
"It exists largely to entertain and delight, which used to be precisely what summer blockbusters were engineered to do."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Fantastic Four is actually very true to its source material - often literally so - but generally misses the spirit entirely."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The film is made in the internet equivalent of capital letters and its simplistic morality stands out on the big screen more so than on the small page."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The film is affable enough, though nothing much seems to be at stake."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Before the inevitable and surprisingly anticlimactic battle with Doom, we are treated to two extreme-sports demonstrations, several training montages, [and] an ill-advised love triangle."
‑ Matt Singer, Village Voice
"If there was ever any doubt that action scenes depend more on context than flash, Fantastic Four proves it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Some comics just shouldn't be turned in to movies..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An opportunity squandered by Marvel, which really needs to watch its quality control more closely."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"After the recent crop of enjoyable superhero movies, this is just an embarassment."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
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