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Must-Read Reviews: ‘Fantastic Four’

Posted in: General, Must-Read Reviews  |  By: John Hanlon  |  August 9th, 2015
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Every week, buy we’re going to take a take a look at some of the must-read reviews of the week’s big theatrical releases. This past weekend, more about the big release everyone was talking about was Fox’s long-awaited reboot of Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan.

Here are a few must-read reviews about the new superhero film.

Mike McGranaghan, The Aisle Seat: Fantastic Four is Catwoman-level awful. It wastes a great cast and cool source material. If there is to be a cinematic future for these characters, someone needs to come along and just tell the story they want to tell.” Check out the full review here.

Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media: “It drags and lacks the charming banter and visual thrills that the Marvel-verse is known to provide. So much of the movie is spent on the set up and exposition, but the character development is thin and the dialogue lacking the snappy humor and relationship drama necessary for these ensemble superhero stories to shine.” Check out the full review here.

Nell Minow, Movie Mom: “The characters are dull and all seem to be acting in separate bell jars, with no indication that there is another human being in the scene. Even when they are supposed to be friends, siblings, parent and child, or possible romantic partners, they act as though the other person was a tennis ball hanging in front of a green screen.” Check out the full review here.

Matt Zoller Seitz, “The good news is, it’s short. The bad news is, it feels longer than an afternoon spent at the DMV—and at least at the DMV, you can pass the time by people-watching.” Check out the full review here.

Clark Collis, Fantastic Four is as heavy-footed as Ben Grimm once he gets turned into The Thing.” Check out the full review here.

Christoper Orr, The Atlantic“This iteration, directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) is a dull, sour, claustrophobic mess: 80 minutes of tedious origin story followed by 20 minutes of more-tedious-still climax.” Check out the full review here.

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: “Let’s face it, they’re a bunch of mostly humorless brainiacs before their origins story kicks in — and then they’re transformed into mutants with superpowers not nearly as interesting or complex or inherently dramatic as the gifts-slash-curses of a Superman or a Spidey or a Hulk.” Check out the full review here.

Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post“Much of Fantastic Four consists of sullen teenagers bickering and staring at computer screens. I thought that’s what people went to the movies to get away from.” Check out the full review here.

A.O. Scott, The New York Times: “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.” Check out the full review here.

Owen Gleiberman, “The material is conventional comic-book pulp, but the unfussy style of Fantastic Four doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re drowning in franchise tropes. The very squareness of it is refreshing.” Check out the full review here.

If you want to read our perspective on the film, click here for our review.