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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Boring is the deal. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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  • 3.0
    45

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    The dialogue aims young and low, and sounds translated from comic-book Esperanto.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    An improvement of sorts over the lifeless 2005 edition.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Good fun -- more fun than in the original -- punctuated by some lines of admirable awfulness.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Doesn't quite live up to the billing, but it improves mightily on the original. And the superhero family can thank its new addition for the upgrade.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

Much better than the first; OK for tweens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to Fantastic Four is tamer than the original and much more tween-friendly. Like most superhero flicks, it includes loud, cartoonish violence -- but only two characters get seriously hurt or die. Most scenes involve crowds panicking as the Silver Surfer creates huge craters around the world. Unlike other conflicted superheroes, the Fantastic Four enjoy being of service, and everyone knows their true identities. There's some iffy language ("ass," "crap," "damn," etc.) and more innuendo than you might expect (characters talk about getting "hot," Johnny asks The Thing how he and his girlfriend "you know," and so on), but overall it's lighter and less complicated than similar comic book-based action films.

  • Families can talk about how this movie is similar to and different from other superhero films. What makes the Fantastic Four different from other superheroes? Do you like them better or worse than characters like Superman and Spider-Man? Why? Families can also discuss selflessness and responsibility. Sue tells the Silver Surfer that every being has a choice to do the right or wrong thing. Are there times when you're pressured to do something and feel there's no other choice?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The four decide to stick together for the greater good; Johnny realizes he can be selfish and learns to be a team player; a rival redeems himself through self sacrifice.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of explosions and crowds of people in jeopardy; the foursome, Johnny in particular, fight the Silver Surfer and Victor Von Doom. Someone is speared and temporarily dies. Another character is killed, but there's no blood.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Several moments of spoken innuendo: Johnny asks The Thing how he and his girlfriend "you know;" Reed thinks scantily clad women at his bachelor party are "exotic dancers," but Johnny says they're just "hot." Johnny's girlfriend says being with him requires "fireproof lingerie" and "lots of aloe." Sue and Reed kiss on several occasions, and she tells him "I'm so hot for you right now." Johnny comes out of the shower in just a towel.

  • language false3

    Language: Several uses of words/terms like "ass," "pissing me off," "crap," "what the hell," "freak," "screw-up," "damn," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Crunch, Keebler, Gillette, Fox News, Circuit City, E! News, Daily News, Dolce & Gabbana.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Club-goers drink beer; Ben drinks from oversized glasses; someone mentions Jell-O shots.

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