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Fantastic Four Review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The result is a movie groping for a comic tone while its FX machinery spews vast clouds of visual gibberish.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A colossal snore.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There's nothing terribly fantastic about this ho-hum futuristic foray.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This clumsy, cheesy, chintzy adaptation, with its F/X that look dated the moment you see them, is like something left over from the '60s.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    I don't think it will seriously disappoint longtime fans, but it made me itchy as I watched it unfold in ways that the comics never did when I read them in the '60s.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 11+

Campy but often violent comic book movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes loud and explosive violence. The astronauts' encounter with the radioactive cloud is rendered in frightening, fiery images, and the Thing's transformation from human to rock is potentially alarming. Fights between the superheroes and archenemy Dr. Doom show bodies slammed into or through walls and thrown out windows; the Human Torch engages in extreme sports (snowboarding and motocross) and implied sexual activity (following one encounter, he appears wearing only a girl's pink parka to cover his genitals), Susan wears cleavage-revealing outfits, and someone remarks on one superhero's elongated body parts. The film also includes a couple of multi-car crashes occur, several injuries that draw blood, and a scene where the police shoot at the Thing (bullets bounce off him).

  • Families can talk about how superpowers change the characters' lives, as they must decide how to use them, for public good, for personal gain, or to settle personal grudges. How are anxieties, competitions, and quarrels exacerbated by these changes? How is Susan's situation different from the men's, as she feels the need to mediate their arguments? What is the emotional effect when the Thing's wife abandons him? How do the four friends learn to appreciate their differences as well as their similar situations, as "freaks," celebrities, and heroes?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Supervillain is typically evil; friends argue among themselves.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Comic bookish explosions, car crashes, and body slammings.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Superheroes market their own action figures; a visit to a motocross arena features known brands (Dos Equis, ESPN, Coke), Burger King shows up.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some wine drinking.