During videotaped sessions with her patients, a psychologist (Milla Jovovich) in Alaska uncovers disturbing evidence of alien abductions.
" In two climactic scenes, the screen goes fuzzy. For over a minute what we're watching is basically a television on the fritz. The only place that's ever been frightening is in the privacy of your living room. "
" Unintentionally, laughably bad. "
" Without the true-story conceit, The Fourth Kind would be just another formula horror flick with a couple of passable jolts trying to hold a flimsy story together. "
" The Fourth Kind is legitimately scary enough to keep you in your seat. (Just don't Google the flick before you see it.) "
" Mr. Osunsanmi's chutzpah exceeds his skill. "
" Unfortunately, none of the subsequent noise is all that scary, and the striving for Paranormal Activity's buzz is shameless. "
" May be humorless, paranoid nonsense, but its biggest failure is its inability to scare. "
" Not entirely uninteresting, but it suffers from some ill-advised decisions. In fact, the film's "hook" may be its greatest detraction. "
" Osunsanmi's tricksy formal device simply reinforces our disbelief and invites ridicule. "
" At a recent preview screening, the most common audience response to this nonsense was laughter, not gasps of horror. "
" Writer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi attempts an Orson Welles-like confluence of "real" and imagined that might have worked had he gotten out of the way more, literally and figuratively. "
" When the director divides the screen into quadrants for his big finish, the effect is just laughable -- but then by that point, the movie is too. "
" [A] dull, clumsy little movie. "
" Badly acted by everyone (including the director, Olatunde Osunsanmi, who appears onscreen), this insipid jumble's idea of fright is incessant screaming. "
" The Fourth Kind may not be the most honest movie in the galaxy, but it's got one thing right: With horror, what you don't see is usually more terrifying than what you do. "
" The mission here is to demonstrate how, in this explosive age of dubious information, cynicism can be quickly trumped by gullibility. "
" You'd do better downloading an old Art Bell show -- say, the one about the guy who put an alien in his freezer -- than investigating this evidence of subnormal activity. "
" Ultimately, the film's narrative segments are far too glossy and over-stylized, larded with ponderous scoring, obvious melodrama and split-screen visuals that offset the "reenactments" with the "real." "
" The Fourth Kind has a clever gimmick and nothing more. "
" No, no, no, no. "
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