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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 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)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 11 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Feb 16, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    There are entertaining moments along the way, and some likeable characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 17, 2011
    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
    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
    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: 45 out of 84
  2. Negative: 17 out of 84
  1. Feb 18, 2011
    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 the stupid twilight-esque stuff coming out finding an actually decent movie is getting difficult. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2013
    I Am Number Four, was everything I expected and more, I was completly blown away. It is a refreshingly original story about 9 aliens hiding on Earth, from the creatures who destroyed their home planet. These 9 have special powers that threaten these creatures, and they have set out to kill them, but for some unknown reason, must do it in order. Alex Pettyfer is Number Four and the next one in line. Pettyfer was absolutely incredible, having come such a long way since his last major role as Alex Rider. Newcomer Callan McAuliffe is also very likeable as sidekick Sam. I've never seen him in anything before, but he gives the story an added bonus and much needed side story. Many critics bashed this film, saying it was an alien version of Twilight, but it couldn't be further from the truth. I Am Number Four isn't focused on the love aspect, a lot of action occurs and the story actually progresses, and this film isn't dark and narrow minded, the way the Twilight films have been. I Am Number Four kept my attention and interest throughout. I connected to the story and the characters as well as the actors, and I have no problem saying it is one of the best Science Fiction films I have a seen in years! ...and for those who feel the same way, the book sequel, The Power of Six will be released on August 23, and with any luck will hit the big screen next summer. Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2011
    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. Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2011
    An enjoyable film, I Am Number 4 contains a blend of action, sci-fi, thriller and romance with a collection of amazing special effects. But the number of classic cliches and stereotypes almost destroys the original value of the film and greatly lowers the film value. But ignoring this, it is an easy to watch and enjoyable film. Expand
  5. Mar 11, 2011
    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 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
    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'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
    This movie is the reason Hollywood suck.
    It´s basically a twilight movie for guys and is built after the exact same concept.
    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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