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Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home (1986)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 6

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is perhaps the lightest and most purely enjoyable entry of the long-running series, emphasizing the eccentricities of the Enterprise's crew.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is perhaps the lightest and most purely enjoyable entry of the long-running series, emphasizing the eccentricities of the Enterprise's crew.



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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) concludes the story arc begun with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and continued in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), but on a wholly new, different, and upbeat note. As the movie opens, months have elapsed since the events in Star Trek III; Admiral Kirk (William Shatner), McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Scott (James Doohan), Sulu (George Takei), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), and Chekhov (Walter Koenig) are marooned in self-imposed exile on Vulcan,

Nov 9, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (6) | DVD (29)

Latest excursion is warmer, wittier, more socially relevant and truer to its TV origins than prior odysseys.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (4)
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I suspect the unconverted will want to be beamed up pronto.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Kirk & Co return to present-day San Francisco to save the whales in the most enjoyable film of the series so far, also returning to the simplistic morality-play format that gave the original TV series its strength.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Nimoy directed this Star Trek installment, and indeed he should probably direct all of them. His technical expertise leaves much to be desired. But his sincerity is unmistakable, and it counts for a lot.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This is easily the most absurd of the Star Trek stories -- and yet, oddly enough, it is also the best, the funniest and the most enjoyable in simple human terms.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An effective and enjoyable sample of entertainment -- not good science fiction, but a lightweight piece of comic fantasy utilizing characters so familiar that they feel like old friends.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A bit flimsy to be legitimately counted as "great" Star Trek, but aware enough of its characters and their attachments to each other and the audience that it's "fun" Star Trek.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Buoyant, farcical time-travel Enterprise escapade.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...Kirk has finally reached his full lounge lizard potential (it's as if the comedy has freed him from his remaining inhibitions).

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

the bad guys... are really my countrymen so... still great though

July 5, 2008

The eco-themes are writ large, but are saved from smacking of cringe-worthy earnestness by the good humour of the whole endeavour.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

By far the silliest and most self-mocking of the series.

June 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a lightweight, entertaining, relentlessly mainstream action-farce. A high old time, no question. Too bad it's such lousy Star Trek. Here's where the series 'jumped the shark' -- and found that it was a whale.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

one of the more entertaining Trek outings

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Allows the characters and relationships shine, but whales?

April 3, 2004

The best until First Contact...

July 3, 2003

The most successful and widely appealing of the Star Trek films, The Voyage Home is also the most idiosyncratic… some of the most humorous and humane moments in the Trek canon.

June 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The Voyage Home isn't as dramatically powerful as the two previous Trek films, but it gives the characters plenty of time to show off their lighter sides.

March 21, 2003

One of the most purely enjoyable of the Star Trek films.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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The plot is totally cornball but amazingly it works extremely well

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source:

Star Trek IV has all the elements people love about this series, and it earns its reputation as one of the long-running franchise's standout entries.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Best of Trek

September 22, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home

The crew of the Enterprise return to Earth to find it under siege from a mysterious probe trying to communicate with the now extinct humpback whale and so travel back in time to 1980s Los Angeles to find some whales and save Earth's atmosphere from destruction. As you can tell from the extremely hokey premise, The Voyage Home is Star Trek with tongue placed firmly in cheek and is the closest the series skirted to outright comedy. There are plenty of laughs to be had in the culture clash between our old favourites from the crew and 80s L.A. and each member of the team gets their moment in the sun with some affectionate fun-poking and knockabout farce with a heavy handed but sincere eco message attached. It works better as humour than drama as the plot has holes you could sail a nuclear wessel through and the story itself becomes overly drawn out and a little dull when the jokes are put on the back burner for the finale, but it's still an entertaining exercise in camp that fans of the original series cannot fail to enjoy. Very silly but lots of fun.
February 25, 2014
xGary Xx

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The most charming and funniest of the Star Trek films brings Kirk's crew to our San Francisco on a rescue mission for whales. As silly as it is that future earth is attacked by a gigantic cylinder who only speaks Whale, the film just goes with it and has fun with that premise. The culture shock jokes mostly work and even though things never get too awfully exciting, this is most certainly much better than the dull first Trek films, despite of the actors' receding hairlines.
June 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

Taking a unique turn for the franchise, Kirk's team must go back in time to find Humpback Whales who can communicate with a found foreign species, causes for some belief issues among the human race and some hilarious understandings between Spock and humans. It was a very odd change of pace, sending them to earth for most of the film, exploring new languages and learning new thigs about the past, and I quite enjoyed that. "Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home" boasts very very strong visuals (they keep getting better) and a very talented cast who just seem to nail it every time. This franchise can go on and on, I haven't even had close to enough yet! A very solid entry!
March 30, 2013
KJ Proulx

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If Star Trek is, as many fans critique it, the second cousin to "real" space operas (a George Lucas concern comes to mind, I forget the name) then this is the best of that series, the series spawned from the first Roddenberry television show. Why? Because its less concerned with saving the galaxy than with the gentle, often comic, interplay between the characters - that which made the series shine in the first place - and there's plenty of that here, more so than in any other. Its the human touch that makes this one shine. Hear Chekov say "nu-kle-ver wessels"! Its worth the admission price alone. And then they save the galaxy.
December 12, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. James T. Kirk: Whales, Mr. Scott, whales!
    – Submitted by Adam O (4 months ago)
    1. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: Admiral, there be whales here!
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: The bureaucratic mentality is the only constant in the universe.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: Everybody remember where we parked!
    – Submitted by sean b (2 years ago)
    1. Gillian: Dont' tell me! You're from outer space!
    2. James T. Kirk: No I'm from Iowa, I only work in outer space.
    – Submitted by sean b (2 years ago)
    1. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: I thought you said that humpbacks only exist on Earth of the past?
    2. Mr. Spock: Yes doctor, that is exactly what I said.
    – Submitted by Blair S (2 years ago)
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