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Reviews: Fantastic Four (2015)

fantastic_fourHere are review links for this film submitted by our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Is Fantastic Four bad? Yes, absolutely. Is it worthy of all the vitriol it’s been getting? No, absolutely not.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Podía haber sido una estupenda película, pero hay veces (demasiadas) en las que el mercado se impone a la obra artística. Una verdadera lástima; la Primera Familia de Marvel sigue sin encontrar su camino.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The acting veers from serviceable to terrible (Toby Kebbell’s hilariously overwrought turn as Victor Von Doom is the funniest performance of the summer), the dialogue is so riddled with clichés that it could’ve been shot as an Airplane-style spoof with no rewriting, the pacing is inexorable, the effects are shoddy, the production design is airless, the themes are so clumsily overstated that they might as well parade them around on cards like boxing “ring girls,” and the Generic Superhero Movie plotting and style is like a betrayal of everything that made co-writer/director Trank’s previous picture ‘Chronicle’ so interesting.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …an origin story that fails to build on what it’s trying to establish.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Some have speculated whether it’s in the property’s DNA, whether the charms of FANTASTIC FOUR are just not translatable onto the screen. Anyone who has seen and appreciated Lee and Kirby’s influence on Brad Bird’s Pixar animated film, THE INCREDIBLES, knows this is ridiculous.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Somehow, the movie finds a way to make the bland human characters even less interesting once they gain their superpowers.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Another failure, proving that the Marvel name no longer guarantees blockbuster box-office…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Josh Trank’s misshapen, ungainly shambles is still the most interesting of the big superhero films released this year.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What sets this saga apart is that it really isn’t a superhero movie at all, but a science fiction character study. Granted it’s a bit dour and humorless, but after the campy and ridiculous previous entries, the change of pace is rather refreshing.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: There isn’t an authentic human motivation or emotion to be found here. The bar has been raised too high on comic-book movies for us to accept junk like this.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: All the pieces were in place for a refreshing entry in the superhero genre, but Fantastic Four completely unravels at the halfway point.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Looking for a better superhero movie by director Josh Trank? Try his superior $12-million-budgeted debut, “Chronicle,” rather than this $120-million-budgeted genre footnote. That film turns the superhero origin story on its head and it’s actually fantastic.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Matt Looker @ The Shiznit
    • Excerpt: It’s an amazing feat to have produced a movie where every decision made seems to be the wrong one.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: Well, let’s just say that Trank’s middling super-power comic caper of this Fearsome Foursome is not exactly what one would call fantastic. In actuality, ‘Fantastic Four’ is a sluggish serving of hyperactive hokum that barely registers with the stable of well-made and intriguing Marvel Comics mighty hero flicks that made considerable impact over the years.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • [New – 10/2/15] | João Pinto @ http://www.portal-cinema.com [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Trank might have been going for 80s Cronenberg weirdness here, but there are two problems: his script is no better than something like The Lazarus Effect, and this is, after all, a Fantastic Four movie.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The idea here should yield a movie that is as joyful and fun as last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Quite the opposite. This is a grim, mean-spirited and broody movie. Instead of a fantasy, we get the approximation of how these events might play out in real life. That’s exactly the wrong approach. The characters spend much of the time getting to know each other that you feel like you’re watching the pilot to a TV series.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A tedious bargain-basement Marvel movie…that spends literally two-thirds of its running-time in endless exposition setting up a final battle that’s curiously brief, sloppy and dull.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • Lovell Wesley @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: One of the first superhero teams, the one that put Marvel Comics on the map, has struggled for years to come up with a film version that doesn’t leave audiences frustrated, exasperated or confused. Fantastic Four not only doesn’t help the problem, it creates even more.
Updated: October 3, 2015 — 1:33 am
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