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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
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
Violence
3 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

2 stars

A watchable sci fi story with TV teen style acting. Really i could have seen this being on the little screen be it either Disney or CW or something or other. While not bad and not a horrible idea. It really seemed very small for the big screen.

- jmanard52, Sunday, July 3, 2011

2 stars

A watchable sci fi story with TV teen style acting. Really i could have seen this being on the little screen be it either Disney or CW or something or other. While not bad and not a horrible idea. It really seemed very small for the big screen.

- jmanard52, Sunday, July 3, 2011

4 stars

I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. In this day and age, everything is trying to be the new teen driving force of fantasy fiction. Usually focussing on an outsider that belongs to a bizarre otherworldly group. We've done wizards, vampires, and now we have aliens. I Am Number Four sees Alex Pettyfer star as a boy that must run from location to location, along with his guardian Henri. They are being hunted as they are part of an alien race wiped out on their home planet by the Mogadorian. There are 9 special kids with different powers. 3 have already been killed. Pettyfer has all the key ingredients to be a leading man. He has looks and charm, and is able to carry enough emotion when he needs to. I Am Number Four is nothing new at all, but it does do everything well. Perhaps I was in the mood for something simple. You get your cliched high school characters, and their usual relationships. Pettyer falls fro the ex of the high school hero jock etc. Makes friends with the creepy conspiracy kid and so on. But I liked all these characters. The action was fantastic and I felt really involved. Gun battles, exciting foot chases, martial arts, and all of it filmed so you can tell precisely what is going on. It's one of those films that was exactly what I wanted at the time. I will certainly be reading the books after this.

- kiriyamakazou, Thursday, March 8, 2012