Is Fantastic Four The Worst Super Hero Movie Of All Time?


I’ll apologize in advance for the clickbait-y headline, but that’s merely a way to have a serious discussion about the first wave of reviews for Fantastic Four. To put it bluntly, they’re not good, and could end up being historically bad.

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As I type this, Fantastic Four currently has a 10 percent critics rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. It was briefly in the single digits, but has managed to claw its way up slightly after six positive and 46 negative reviews.

To put that score in context, I looked up the scores of the two most universally reviled super hero movies I could think of off the top of my head: Batman and Robin, which most people agree killed off the series that started with Tim Burton’s Batman, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the Nic Cage sequel that absolutely no one demanded. As I expected, their scores are horrible, with the former at 11 percent and the latter at 17. If you count Jonah Hex as a super hero movie (I don’t, but it’s obviously a comic book movie and thus at least a first cousin), even it managed a 12.

It seems reasonable to expect that Fantastic Four will escape the basement and manage to end up with at least a 20 once it’s all said and done, and it should finish with around twice as many reviews that count toward its score as it currently has. Not everyone thinks it’s horrible, with super hero movie scooper Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood becoming one of the notable personalities to speak up in its defense.

But man, it’s depressing to think that this reboot might be considered worse than Fox’s first Fantastic Four flick, itself the owner of a none too shiny 27 percent score. We hope to have our own review up later tonight, but we’d love to hear what some of you ladies and gents think once you see it.

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