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Dave White Profile

Rhymes with Schmedward and Schmella. Read full review


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Turned on my heart light. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Witless, insultingly derivative, muddy-looking, and edited in the hammering epileptic style that marks so many films produced, as this one is, by Michael Bay.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Four is so cobbled with bits of other sci-fi and comic-book movies, there's little to distinguish it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie is a mixed bag, with many of the elements fun and intriguing, but since this is also a Michael Bay-produced movie, CG monsters and cartoon bad guys gum up a third act.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Sci-fi thriller/teen romance isn't as good as the book.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi thriller based on the best-selling young adult novel by Pittacus Lore is heavy on suspense and action, some of which may be too intense for younger fans of Glee's Dianna Agron and up-and-coming "it" guy Alex Pettyfer. In addition to the movie's action/violence (which includes fights, weapons, and menacing killers), expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "a--hole"), scenes depicting high-school bullying (taunts, shoves, pranks), implied teen drinking, and a bit of kissing/flirty banter.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is it necessary to the story? Is it as scary as what you've seen in other movies? Why or why not?
  • What do you think of the bullying scenes? Do they seem realistic? What would the consequences for that kind of behavior be in real life?
  • Romances between two people who are very different -- as in one is human, the other isn't -- seem quite popular lately. Why do you think that is?
  • How does the movie compare to the book? Which do you like better?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie seems to say that you can't avoid your destiny -- and no matter how overwhelming the responsibilities of that destiny may be, you can rise to them.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: John is principled and protective, and Sarah is curious and kind. But other than them, far too many of the characters are one-dimensional -- the bullying jocks, the nerdy sidekick, etc.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Plenty of action-packed moments, some of which are somewhat bloody and involve intricate weapons that are similar to machine guns and scythes. The killers hot on John's heels appear quite menacing, flashing reptilian teeth and gills. They seem determined to destroy anything and anybody that gets in their way -- for example, one scene shows them about to gore a man with a weapon that looks like a small circular saw, and then he's shown being carried out in a body bag. One haunted house scene depicts teen boys manhandling a teen girl, and a boy who tries to protect her crushes them in an intense fistfight. Some bullying (taunts, shoves, etc.).

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some kissing and light sexual banter.

  • language false3

    Language: Some swearing, including "a--hole," "s--t," "p---ies," "ass," "crap," "hell," "oh my God," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Logos and brand names like Ford, Canon, and Nikon are flashed on screen. Characters use iPhones and call/text each other on them frequently.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One scene takes place at a boisterous teenage party where kids are shown drinking what's presumably beer from cups.