Box art for I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

  • Rated G

action & adventure


Three are dead. Who is Number Four? From director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia)and producer Michael Bay (Transformers), comes this gripping, action-packed thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    33%
  • Audience Score
    58%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Violence
3 out of 5
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5

Sci-fi thriller/teen romance isn't as good as the book.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi thriller based on the best-selling young adult novel by Pittacus Lore is heavy on suspense and action, some of which may be too intense for younger fans of Glee's Dianna Agron and up-and-coming "it" guy Alex Pettyfer. In addition to the movie's action/violence (which includes fights, weapons, and menacing killers), expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "a--hole"), scenes depicting high-school bullying (taunts, shoves, pranks), implied teen drinking, and a bit of kissing/flirty banter.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is it necessary to the story? Is it as scary as what you've seen in other movies? Why or why not?
  • What do you think of the bullying scenes? Do they seem realistic? What would the consequences for that kind of behavior be in real life?
  • Romances between two people who are very different -- as in one is human, the other isn't -- seem quite popular lately. Why do you think that is?
  • How does the movie compare to the book? Which do you like better?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    33%
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  • Audience

    58%

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Callan McAuliffe, Kevin Durand, Jake Abel, Jeff Hochendoner, Patrick Sebes Director: D.J. Caruso Summary: After nine aliens flee their home planet to find a peaceful life on Earth, their plans are shattered by pursuers who must kill them in number order. Number Four is a teen named John (Alex Pettyfer), who uses his extraordinary abilities to battle his enemies. John's guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), aids him in his deadly fight while he tries to protect his human girlfriend, Sarah (Dianna Agron), and connect with the others who share his powers. My Thoughts: "I had planned on not seeing the movie, but my niece begged for it. So we sit down to watch it and I realize the actor Alex Pettyfer is the lead in the film. Another reason I had not want to watch the movie. I had just seen this actor in another film called ''Beastly", and his acting was nothing more then bland and robotic. But then again 'Beastly wasn't that great of a movie either. So with all that weighing the film down, how did I end up giving it a four star rating? Well because surprisingly enough the movie was pretty good. Alex Pettyfer was great in this role and did a good job in the movie. I guess I shouldn't write off actor's after only seeing them in one film. The story is interesting, as well as most of the character's. Timothy Olyphant was definitely a plus for the movie. He does well in those mysterious intense roles. Kevin Durand plays the Commander of the Mogadorian aliens and he and his crew brought the humor to the film which is odd considering they were the bad guys in the flick. Dianna Agron plays Sarah, a character I felt didn't bring anything to the story and I just didn't care for her character. Plus she wasn't really memorable after Number 6, Teresa Palmer, was brought onto the screen. Teresa Palmer blows on to the screen with her kick-ass ways and steals the show. Palmer and Pettyfer were really great together in the action scenes. There's definitely more to the story so hopefully we will get a sequel or I guess I could just read the books since that was suggested to me as well. Anyways, a good sci-fi flick that is worth the rental."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, August 18, 2011

4 stars

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron, Teresa Palmer, Callan McAuliffe, Kevin Durand, Jake Abel, Jeff Hochendoner, Patrick Sebes Director: D.J. Caruso Summary: After nine aliens flee their home planet to find a peaceful life on Earth, their plans are shattered by pursuers who must kill them in number order. Number Four is a teen named John (Alex Pettyfer), who uses his extraordinary abilities to battle his enemies. John's guardian, Henri (Timothy Olyphant), aids him in his deadly fight while he tries to protect his human girlfriend, Sarah (Dianna Agron), and connect with the others who share his powers. My Thoughts: "I had planned on not seeing the movie, but my niece begged for it. So we sit down to watch it and I realize the actor Alex Pettyfer is the lead in the film. Another reason I had not want to watch the movie. I had just seen this actor in another film called ''Beastly", and his acting was nothing more then bland and robotic. But then again 'Beastly wasn't that great of a movie either. So with all that weighing the film down, how did I end up giving it a four star rating? Well because surprisingly enough the movie was pretty good. Alex Pettyfer was great in this role and did a good job in the movie. I guess I shouldn't write off actor's after only seeing them in one film. The story is interesting, as well as most of the character's. Timothy Olyphant was definitely a plus for the movie. He does well in those mysterious intense roles. Kevin Durand plays the Commander of the Mogadorian aliens and he and his crew brought the humor to the film which is odd considering they were the bad guys in the flick. Dianna Agron plays Sarah, a character I felt didn't bring anything to the story and I just didn't care for her character. Plus she wasn't really memorable after Number 6, Teresa Palmer, was brought onto the screen. Teresa Palmer blows on to the screen with her kick-ass ways and steals the show. Palmer and Pettyfer were really great together in the action scenes. There's definitely more to the story so hopefully we will get a sequel or I guess I could just read the books since that was suggested to me as well. Anyways, a good sci-fi flick that is worth the rental."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, August 18, 2011

4 stars

I don't care about everyone's saying about this movie, but I just happen to love this movie.. I think D.J. Caruso once again successfully create another teenage movie which was fun and thrilling at the same time.. The cast did an okay job, choosing Alex Pettyfer as the main role with the help from two beautiful girl (Teresa Palmer and Dianna Agron), this movie is totally stealing my attention.. I haven't read the book, but I'm sure the book has a lot of fun to be offered since I love the movie..

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Tuesday, September 27, 2011