Fantastic Four

2005, Constantin Film et al

If one superhero is good, then four should be great, right? Unfortunately things didn't work out that way for the first big-budget rendering of this Marvel property. Ioan Gruffudd was miscast (woefully), Jessica Alba was forgettable (amazingly), Michael Chiklis was about as talented as a rock (coincidentally), and Chris Evans—who was terrific as Captain America—was ineffective (surprisingly). But it's hard to blame them when they had such a bland script to work with, and director Tim Story ill-equipped to deal with the problems at hand. Decent effects couldn't save the sinking ship.

 

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

2007, Constantin Film et al

After the dismal reception of the first film, the only reason a sequel was green-lighted was because the studio had earned $200 million in profit. Yeah, I was surprised, too. Nothing much to say other than this one offers more of precisely the same: juvenile script and vapid performances wrapped in half-decent effects.

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Fantastic Four

2015, Marvel Entertainment et al

One might have thought Marvel would have corrected a grave mistake for the good of the franchise; they certainly had the ability and resources to set things right, given their track record. Instead, their reboot was actually worse than the 2005 bomb! Worse casting, worse acting, and a godawful script that no amount of CGI could rescue. Winner of the Golden Raspberry Awards' Worst Director, Worst Picture, and Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel; also nominated for Worst Screenplay and Worst Screen Combo. Quite the black eye for a studio that had been cranking out hits hand over fist.

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