As far as blunt but well-seasoned acts of misdirection go, it's a good one, even if it breaks no new ground.
—Simon Abrams Slant Magazine
You don't have to believe in far-fetched tales of mysterious beams of light and alien abductions to get caught up in The Fourth Kind.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...a cornball contrivance -- and a draggy, rote, and listless one at that.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
A couple of modestly effective shocks lie in store, but none as frightening as the onscreen text informing us that some 11 million people claim to have seen a UFO.
—Scott Foundas Village Voice
...an alien-abduction thriller that combines purported raw case-study footage with dramatic "re-creations" to unsuccessful effect.
—Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter
...The Fourth Kind none too cleverly bids to pass off mock-documentary footage of levitating psychological patients -- and, scarier still, ordinary talking heads -- as the real deal.
—Rob Nelson Variety
It was with crushing disappointment that my research discovered this is all made up out of whole cloth, including the real Abigail. The film wasn't even shot in Nome, but mostly in Bulgaria. And Dallas Massie, a retired state trooper who's the acting police chief in Nome, says he's heard nothing about aliens.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times