New Fantastic Four Movie Received Mostly Negative Reviews From Major Critics
20th Century FOX released their new super hero/action film, “Fantastic Four,” into theaters today, August 7th,2015 and all the reviews have been turned in by the top, major movie critics. It turns out that it really didn’t resonate well ,at all, with most of them, getting just an overall 27 score out of a possible 100 across 37 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film stars: Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Toby Kebbell. We’ve added blurbs from a few of the critics, below.
Clark Collis from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a very mediocre 50 grade, stating: “In short, this Josh Trank-directed reboot had a very low hurdle to overcome to become the best FF movie so far. The most fantastical aspect of the movie is that it may not achieve that goal.”
Kenneth Turan over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 50 score. He stated: “If Fantastic Four is pleasantly different in its introductory segment, once those super powers kick in, the whole film goes into a more standard gear.”
Brian Lowry over at Variety, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Ultimately, Fox’s stab at reviving one of its inherited Marvel properties feels less like a blockbuster for this age of comics-oriented tentpoles than it does another also-ran — not an embarrassment, but an experiment that didn’t gel.”
Alonso Duralde at TheWrap, gave it a 49 grade, saying: “Director Josh Trank, whose debut feature “Chronicle” put a smart new spin on superhero tropes, has assembled a quartet of engaging, charismatic performers and stranded them in a miasma of exposition and set-up that sinks the movie.”
Richard Roeper over at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 38 grade. He stated: “A lightweight and basically unnecessary attempt to once again bring some cinematic life to one of the lesser teams in the Marvel Universe.”
Matt Zoller Seitz from RogerEbert.com, gave it a 38 score, stating: “There are no people to watch in Fantastic Four, only collections of character traits and attitudes brought fitfully to life by actors who might’ve mistakenly thought they were hitching a ride on the superhero movie gravy train by signing up for this misfire.”
A.O. Scott from the The New York Times, gave it a 30 grade, claiming: “This Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank from a script he wrote with Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater, feels less like a tale of superhero beginnings than like a very long precredit opening sequence.”
Michael O’Sullivan from the Washington Post, gave it a 25 grade. He stated: “The special effects look cheap, the acting is wooden, and the shouted dialogue consists largely of throwaway action-movie cliches (“Let’s do this”) and B-movie sci-fi jargon (“His bioenergy is off the charts!”).”
Brian Truitt from USA Today, gave it a another bad 25 score, stating: ” An unfortunate movie that does an embarrassing disservice to the decades-old property and is a frightful waste of all the talent involved.”
Michael Phillips over at the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 25 grade, stating: “From Miles Teller to Kate Mara to Reg E. Cathey, everyone on screen in Fantastic Four speaks in a flat, earnest monotone with a determinedly low-keyed air bordering on openly not giving a rip.”
Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it a 20 score, stating: “Someone forgot to put anything fantastic into Fantastic Four.”
Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 20 score, stating: “A sense of heaviness, gloom and complete disappointment settles in during the second half, as the mundane set-up results in no dramatic or sensory dividends whatsoever.”
Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it a bottom of the barrel “0” score, claiming: “The latest reboot of the Fantastic Four — the cinematic equivalent of malware — is worse than worthless.”
Finally, Lou Lumenick over at the New York Post, gave it another really bad “0” score. He said: “A lousy script, unfocused direction, incoherent editing, shockingly terrible special effects — and, probably, panicked studio executives — have left its four talented stars muddling through a dull superhero origin story with zero payoff.” Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.