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  • Summary: Three are dead. Who is Number Four? Extraordinary teen, John Smith is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he nowThree are dead. Who is Number Four? Extraordinary teen, John Smith is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love, powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. (DreamWorks Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Feb 16, 2011
    80
    Like a good episode of "Smallville": You may feel a bit silly watching it if you're past high-school age, but you just might have a good time.
  2. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Feb 26, 2011
    60
    If you can make it through the bland schmaltz of the first half you'll be rewarded with a spectacular blast of sustained action and the promise of even better to come. This could be the start of something great.
  3. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Feb 16, 2011
    50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 18, 2011
    50
    There are entertaining moments along the way, and some likeable characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 17, 2011
    40
    Sluggish and derivative, I Am Number Four is another elaborate puberty metaphor with superpowers substituting for testosterone.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 16, 2011
    38
    What we have here is a witless attempt to merge the "Twilight" formula with the Michael Bay formula.
  7. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Feb 18, 2011
    10
    I Am Number Four's CGI sequences are murky and dark, its performances negligible, its script genuinely inept. There is, I should note, a puppy, which arguably keeps the film this side of completely unbearable, but just barely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 91
  2. Negative: 17 out of 91
  1. Feb 18, 2011
    10
    When this gets a 3 and f**king Justin Bieber gets a 5 I have lost faith in movie reviewers. This should easily be a 7 or 8. WIth all theWhen this gets a 3 and f**king Justin Bieber gets a 5 I have lost faith in movie reviewers. This should easily be a 7 or 8. WIth all the stupid twilight-esque stuff coming out finding an actually decent movie is getting difficult. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2013
    10
    Aliens, super powers, eye candy. Maybe I'm shallow. Love the book series. The movie was fairly accurate. Hope they make all of the books intoAliens, super powers, eye candy. Maybe I'm shallow. Love the book series. The movie was fairly accurate. Hope they make all of the books into movies. AROO! Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2011
    9
    Entertaining sci-fi chick flick. Not great art, but very good entertainment.

    A drop of Electra's search for the gifted ones, a dash of
    Entertaining sci-fi chick flick. Not great art, but very good entertainment.

    A drop of Electra's search for the gifted ones, a dash of Twilight's love stories, a little bit of Firefly's camaraderie, and a bit of whatever. Derivative, for sure, but entertaining none the less.
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  4. Oct 24, 2011
    6
    Cashing in on the the recent teenage sci fi movie resurrection this is a solid, entertaining film which develops the characters well with theCashing in on the the recent teenage sci fi movie resurrection this is a solid, entertaining film which develops the characters well with the exception of Henri who I felt was hideously underused as a supposed great alien protector/warrior. While the concept has been done before kudos go to director D.J.Caruso for coming up with an original twist and it is a far better effort than his previous efforts Disturbia and Eagle-eye. It will be interesting to see if they continue the storyline with a sequel and if so where it will go. Expand
  5. Mar 11, 2011
    5
    Aiming at the purpose of being a science fiction drama, the movie is a total fail. Nevertheless, it has some good laughs. If it was to be aAiming at the purpose of being a science fiction drama, the movie is a total fail. Nevertheless, it has some good laughs. If it was to be a comedy, there could be a higher score, but like this, it just stays a science fiction drama, where the whole cinema hall was laughing. Expand
  6. Feb 24, 2011
    4
    Lame on so many levels. The premise sounds cool enough: a teenager is actually an alien, who's being persued by evil creatures. However, it'sLame on so many levels. The premise sounds cool enough: a teenager is actually an alien, who's being persued by evil creatures. However, it's full of trite high school drama (bullies, cute girl, nerd friend), the effects aren't impressive and the action is noisy and jumbled. By the end, it's looking like a Disney-channel series (with potential sequels). The only saving grace is Alex Pettyfer, an up-and-coming new prettyboy star. (You already know the number score.) Expand
  7. Aug 24, 2011
    0
    This movie is the reason Hollywood suck.
    It´s basically a twilight movie for guys and is built after the exact same concept.
    The
    This movie is the reason Hollywood suck.
    It´s basically a twilight movie for guys and is built after the exact same concept.
    The problem is that it has 0 originality, mysteries boy meet pretty girl and for some reason they cant be together and fight against all odds, etc.... It makes you wanting to puke on the writers.
    The biggest reason I probably hate these kind of movies is that the acting is so bad that you hate the characters and wish they will die so the movie will end.

    GhostSniper, I wouldn't be surprised if the Justin Bieber movie is better.
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