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The Fourth Kind Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Not an E.T. in the bunch Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

M. Night Shyamalan Lite. And not in a good way. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Osunsanmi's chutzpah exceeds his skill.

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Combines purported raw case study footage with dramatic "recreations" to unsuccessful effect.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Too often, The Fourth Kind makes the paranormal look disappointingly normal.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    You don't have to believe in far-fetched tales of mysterious beams of light and alien abductions to get caught up in The Fourth Kind.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Realistic alien abduction tale too violent/chilling for kids

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi thriller from director Olatunde Osunsanmi mixes supposedly real footage of alien abductees with re-creations played out by actors (including Milla Jovovich and Will Patton). That mix makes it hard to know what to believe, and it could confuse or mislead overly trusting kids (be ready to talk about telling the difference between fact and fiction). Plus, in addition to an overall sense of dread, there are a couple of shockingly violent moments -- including a bloody stabbing and a blurry scene in which a man kills his wife and children and then himself -- that could scare the daylights out of some viewers.

  • Families can talk about whether or not they think the events in the film really happened. Are the things presented in the movie necessarily factual? How could they have been faked? How can you tell what's fact and fiction in situations like this?
  • If the movie is a put-on, what is the effect? And what are the consequences?
  • Why are some characters ready to believe that aliens exist, while others deny it?
  • Why would aliens be interested in abducting and experimenting onhumans? Are there any similar circumstances in which humans behave thesame way toward other species?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie aims to suggest that the "truth" about alien abductions is out there -- and that it's being covered up -- but it doesn't suggest a healthy or proactive way to go about proving or changing this situation. And if you conclude that the movie is a fake and a put-on, that undermines any kind of positive message it's trying to impart.

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    Role models: No real role models here. Dr. Abigail Tyler never really manages to help any of the people who are counting on her, and it's suggested that her behavior is unbalanced. A local cop behaves abhorrently and without much logic, and other characters are either inactive or victimized.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Early on, there's a stabbing with spurting blood. Later, a man murders his wife and children and takes his own life, though the footage is distant and blurry. Some of Dr. Abigail's patients behave violently and unpredictably under hypnosis; some of this behavior is spooky and/or shocking. As for the alien abductions, the movie suggests some of the violence and terror that goes on during them but shows very little.

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    Sex: During a flashback, Dr. Abigail is seen lying in bed with her husband very briefly (just before he's killed).

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    Language: Characters keep a lid on particularly strong language (though there are a couple of uses of "s--t," "damn," and "hell"), but many terrified characters exclaim "God" in all different kinds of permutations ("Oh God," "Oh my God," "goddamn it," etc.).

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue