YMMV / I Am Number Four

The books:

  • The Woobie: Sam.
    • Most of the Garde can qualify as this.

The Movie:

  • Jerk Sue: Mark.
  • Narm:
    • You pretty much expect it to be aliens or magic, but when they actually explain it, it's kind of sudden.
    • This is played for effect with the Mogadorians whose mouths are obviously not well suited for human speech, resulting in a mumble which sounds like baby talk.
    • Pretty much anything uttered by the Mogadorian Commander.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "And it wants to play with you too!"
    • The appearance of the Mogs, especially the slits next to their noses which they apparently use to breathe.
  • Strangled by the Red String: It's explained that the alien race works like this, with your first love being for life. Number Four falls in love with Sarah within two days and apparently permanently.There's a long scene of overly-flowery declarations of love delivered in a manner that would make Padme and Anakin cringe.
    • And then he hands her over to Mark the Jerk Ass at the end before riding off with Sam and Number 6.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: ILM were behind the special effects. Of course they're going to look spectacular.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The movie could have been better if it were just Number 4 and Henri on the run from the Mogadorians