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Based on 27 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
50
Too often, The Fourth Kind makes the paranormal look disappointingly normal.
50
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Technically proficient enough to keep us intrigued; but we shouldn't have to Google a movie to know if we were scared.
50
A mildly scary, totally meaningless excursion into the realms of psychological horror and alien-abduction conspiracies.
42
Terminally awkward in the way it meshes fake real footage with faker fake footage. It isn’t required to be convincing as fact, but it doesn’t convince as fiction, either.
40
Village Voice
A couple of modestly effective shocks lie in store.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
Combines purported raw case study footage with dramatic "recreations" to unsuccessful effect.
40
Variety
Even the most gullible auds will be challenged to buy into the picture, billed as "based on the actual case studies" and, in any case, rendered rather boring by writer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi ("The Cavern").
40
This is a strange movie (it feels like a lost episode of the old Leonard Nimoy chestnut In Search of …) about strange people doing strange things.
38
The Fourth Kind is a pseudo-documentary like "Paranormal Activity" and "The Blair Witch Project." 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.
30
Osunsanmi's big formal innovation tunrs out to be the split-screen pairing of patently bogus "archival" black-and-white video that shows alleged abductees undergoing hypnosis and color "reenactments" of same. Ultimately it's up to you, the viewer, to decide which is more boring.

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