“To some extent, the noncommital perfs, lazy dialogue and retro-cheesy visual effects could be chalked up to the pic’s refusal to take itself too seriously; one would be hard-pressed to recall the last time the apocalypse was treated this breezily onscreen. But at a certain point, even the most popcorn-hungry moviegoers may find themselves craving something in the way of real dramatic stakes. To defend Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on the grounds that it’s unpretentious is to make too generous an excuse.” — from Justin Chang‘s 6.14 Variety review.