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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: 49 out of 88
  2. Negative: 17 out of 88
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    10
    Saw this movie opening weekend, and then just saw it again last night in iMAX. This movie had me entertained the entire time with tons ofSaw this movie opening weekend, and then just saw it again last night in iMAX. This movie had me entertained the entire time with tons of action and just enough romance. The cast is actually believable with a great storyline. Worth it to check it out yourself. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2014
    10
    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Was kinda slow in the beginning but was very great in the end. I am quite sad that there has not been aI thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Was kinda slow in the beginning but was very great in the end. I am quite sad that there has not been a second movie. I really hope the director would seriously consider a sequel to the first. Expand
  3. 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
  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. May 25, 2011
    5
    If you think you can make another version of TWILIGHT (2008) just by combining two good-looking teen idols in one screen, figuring out whetherIf you think you can make another version of TWILIGHT (2008) just by combining two good-looking teen idols in one screen, figuring out whether thiz will work? You are completely messed up. Alex Pettyfer is John Smith, a mysterious boy who possesses extraterrestrial power in his hand. With his protector Henri (Timothy Olyphant), they look like father and son, but beneath it all they are aliens in human form, sought by a group of evil alien who are called Mogadorian. Meanwhile, in his escapee, Alex meets and falls in love with an ordinary and beautiful girl named Sarah (Played by Glee sensation, Dianna Agron). Initially, I thought it will be some kind of A Romance with Actions. Instead of that, it turns out to be Pure Action with a Romantic background. The chemistry between Alex and Sarah actually went pretty smoothly, but the proportion is too brief and not as intense as it should. The Director is D. J. Caruso who is well-known for DISTURBIA (2007) and EAGLE EYE (2008). After two or three scenes at the beginning, the movie atmosphere reminds me of one of those SMALVILLE TV series (2001-2011) which is including: the setting, the characters and the conflict. Most of the Action scenes are good enough to watch, though no further explanation about what is really happenning. I previously thought the Number Six character who is described as a sexy and energetic girl will be the scene stealer (played by my favorite rising star, Teresa Palmer). As a matter of fact, her character is too minor and there is the impression she is just a mere sweetener. At the end, the movie is closed by a situation which is opening a possibility of potential sequel. In summary, thiz is not a movie that you want to spend 100 minutes of your precious time. Unless, you are 16-year-old teen who are attracted to thiz kind of movie, then you should go to see it before your friends watch it first. For me, it is definitely not a number one. Visit My Blog on JONNYâ Expand
  6. May 11, 2011
    4
    i really do not know why some users are so generous with their scores,because this movie clearly does not deserve an high score. Thei really do not know why some users are so generous with their scores,because this movie clearly does not deserve an high score. The movie,jumps right from point a-point c without even bothering to explain how it got to point c and this movie really really needed more action scence,but it looked like they were saving it for the sequel,there by leaving us with a movie that's too shallow to pack any real punch. Also the bad guys were just too weak that i wondered why n_o 4 had been running in the first place rather than fight. This is definitely a half baked movie and should be avoided if possible 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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