'Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   23 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   167 reviews
  • Scott Brown Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you'd have the Fantastic Four franchise.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    Rise of the Silver Surfer is an existentially and aesthetically unnecessary sequel to the equally irrelevant if depressingly successful Fantastic Four.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's all very silly and the Four's life together has all the gravitas of an episode of the Monkees. Entertaining, though.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Once you accept that Fantastic Four is not trying to be anything deeper than popcorn fare, the ride can be fun -- with an ending more satisfying than Spider-Man 3.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Sentient humans should stay away; all others may enter confident that their IQs are already in the Chernobyl-fried range and will not be affected, except for downward.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The Marvel comic book this movie is based on was never as sitcom-ish as the two films it's inspired.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    Much better than the original.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The film fails to sustain its modest running time of 87 minutes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, our heroes get what they deserve: a decent action flick with a jolt of visual wow.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Better than its juvenile predecessor.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Misha Davenport Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    At times silly and then serious, this Fantastic Four is the cinematic equivalent of multiple personality disorder.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    It is passable comic book stuff, dumb and loud. Loud. LOUD.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The first movie's genesis story was more fun than the perfunctory doomsday scheme trotted out here.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Although FF:ROTSS comes from the same place as Spider-Man (New York, and Marvel editor Stan Lee's noggin), this sequel to the 2005 Fantastic Four debut is lackluster, even by comparison to the lackluster Spider-Man 3.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    The target audience appears to be Cartoon Network fans. Anyone outside that category is likely to find Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer a dull slog no avalanche of razzle-dazzle digital hooey can camouflage.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Yes, the too-hot Alba is still miscast, and the film suffers from clumsy moments. But when it soars, it soars, and it is both blessedly brief and bloodless.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Beyond a few good special-effects sequences - notably the Human Torch chasing the Silver Surfer between skyscrapers, the movie is uniformly vanilla. When the heroes aren't polishing their super-skills, they sit around and complain about their lot in life.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Faithfully mining one of the Marvel franchise's more intriguing mythologies, the sequel proves every bit as disposable as its predecessor, with even less character definition and several tons more poundage in the f/x department.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    These B-list demigods are so proudly, intergalactically mediocre that both the 2005 original and the follow-up tend to disable my super-snark beam.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it clips along, entertains, and doesn't overstay its welcome.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rob Salem Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a vast and significant improvement -- if not quite "fantastic," then the next best thing: It does not suck.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Unlike the recent spate of blackened threequels, those bottom-of-the-bag Spideys and Shreks and Pirates and Oceans, this kernel does pop.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is more ambitious than its predecessor. It's also more cluttered and less fleet: The light, pleasingly casual quality of the first picture has evolved into something forced and metallic.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    An off-brand superhero movie, the cinematic equivalent of one of those generic breakfast cereals with a badly drawn squirrel for a mascot.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    For non comic book fans over the age of 13, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a tedious, incoherent bore. For comic book fans of any age, it is an atrocity.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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