Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average On a purely narrative level, The Fourth Kind offers the occasional "boo!" moment but is too tame (consider the PG-13 rating) to generate any lasting horror and too contrived to work on a dramatic level.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ...But unlike those two, which just forge ahead with their home video cameras, this one encumbers its flow with ceaseless reminders that it is a dramatization of real events.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average You don't have to believe in far-fetched tales of mysterious beams of light and alien abductions to get caught up in The Fourth Kind.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 85 moviegoers:
TEENS:Most of the males enjoyed it very much, but a couple hated it. The female reviews are very low. Only about a third truly enjoyed it. Most rated it as average and below average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The males gave very few real high reviews of "Fantastic" and "Excellent," which is disappointing. Most of the reviews are "Very Good," which is above average and "Fair," which is below average. The female reviews are very similar. To me these reviews indicate a good but not great movie.
ADULTS:These are very mixed reviews. Quite a few of the males truly enjoyed it, but half rated it average to below average, or lower. The female reviews are even lower. Only a very small percentage rated this movie very high. A large percentage rated it above average to average, but a large percentage also rated it below average and lower.
In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document...until now.
Structured unlike any film before it, The Fourth Kind is a provocative
thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where--mysteriously since the 1960s--a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered.
Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.
Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.