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Jaws 4 - The Revenge (1987)



Average Rating: 2/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 22

Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws 4 - The Revenge is a sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise.


Average Rating: 2.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

Illogical, tension-free, and filled with cut-rate special effects, Jaws 4 - The Revenge is a sorry chapter in a once-proud franchise.



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This third sequel to the 1975 mega-hit Jaws returns Lorraine Gary to the role of Ellen Brody, widow of the Roy Scheider character from the first two films. When her son Sean, the current police chief of shark-plagued Amity Island, is killed by the beast, Ellen goes to the Bahamas to comfort her surviving son. Michael Brody (Lance Guest) and his friend Jake (Mario Van Peebles) are marine biologists there to help, but in the end it is up to Ellen and her new beach-bum love -- played by Michael

Jan 15, 1999

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (0) | Rotten (22) | DVD (7)

Pacing leaves a lot to be desired and the moment-of-attack sequences, full of jagged cuts and a great deal of noise, more closely resemble the view from inside a washing machine.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's mostly just a matter of waiting till feeding time.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Mild and predictable, the very things an adventure movie should never be.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Thrillseekers, this one's pretty dismal.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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After Steven Spielberg's original, which combined shock effects with comedy and grand sea adventure touches, the series has degenerated into your basic fish-bites-man story, with very few imaginative wrinkles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The shark models have so little movement that at times they seem to be supporting themselves on boats, instead of attacking them. Up until the ludicrous final sequence of the movie, the scariest creature in the film is an eel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Beyond the ridiculous premise, there's nowhere for this story to go, and we don't get enough shark action to make up for it.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
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Savagely dull, though at least it is tremendously incompetent as well, and thus marginally amusing, especially when the shark is actually onscreen.

January 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Poorly directed by Joseph Sargent, who relies heavily on blood and fast editing to create tension since there certainly isn't any written into the script.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (2)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A ludicrous and laughable sequel that desecrates the name of a fantastic original.

October 5, 2005
Fantastica Daily

it's... amazing!

April 16, 2005 | Comments (7)

Spielberg should never have sold the sequel rights

September 17, 2002 | Comment (1)

A franchise sinks in this sequel's endless sea of incompetence.

August 4, 2002 | Comments (2)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Okay, I'm sold. It's the worst sequel ever made. Yes, even including Batman and Robin.

July 26, 2002 | Comments (2)
Flipside Movie Emporium

Spielberg should have sued for 'breach of earth-shattering stupidity'.

July 3, 2002 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The only jaws to watch out for in this film are yours, hitting the floor.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: BBC

Significantly worse than the rest of the series, this film is one of the worst bell-flops in recent cinema.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Jaws 4 - The Revenge

This abomination can only be described with a few words: Boring characters, dialogue that makes you cringe, stupid plot and A SHARK THAT STANDS ON WATER AND ROARS LIKE A LION.
February 1, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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What were they thinking! What was Michael Caine thinking! Another pointless repetition and a meaningless side story about a pilot who likes a woman. Dont go into the cinema.
November 11, 2011
Directors Cat
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JAWS: THE REVENGE, sadly not saved by it's none-too-clever subtitle, finally takes a PG-13 rating (without it invented the other three should have just taken an R rating)--but that doesn't mean it's at all thrilling just because there's about a gallon or two of blood spilled! It was lazily crafted, it makes absolutely no sense, and even though it's the end, they just ended it the same way they ended all the other ones. In other words, don't be surprised if JAWS 5 comes out just to create a good ending that says, "Here ends the series."
July 31, 2011

Super Reviewer

Wow. First of all this movie completely ignores all that happens in the third movie as if it didn't happen. And what does the shark (with his super powered ability to know where this family is at all times) have to get revenge for? Because it's shark friends were killed by them? The kill count in this movie is a pitiful '2'. Yes, 2 people get eaten. A third gets eaten at the end of the movie, is visibly chomped up, swallowed, stays in the sharks stomach for like 10 minutes underwater and in stomach acid, is rammed by a boat spear inside the shark, and gets electricuted and blown up by a huge bomb within the shark, and then is seen moments later conscious and alive talking in the water with some blood on him. Some studio big wig wanted a happy ending there. Plus they crash their plane in the water for no reason and their boat is instantly floating rubble the second they crash into the shark. Not to mention the shark is magnificent at getting people while they are still safely in the middle of their boat the movie (i'm still scratching my head as to how the son at the begining gets killed). Pretty pathetic, and would be a laughable comedy had someone been here to enjoy it with me. My biggest question is how the hell did they get Michael Caine to do this piece of crap. The best part of it is that Lance Guest from the Last Starfighter was in it, and gave a good creepy stare like old times.
February 26, 2011
Curtis Lilly

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    1. Michael: What do you know about it?
    2. Hoagie: Well she got the idea in her head that the shark that killed Martin and Sean is now following the family.
    3. Jake: Hey, he's not talking about our shark is he?
    4. Michael: What do you do when you're not flying people?
    5. Hoagie: I deliver laundry.
    – Submitted by Joe N (13 months ago)
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