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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Reviews

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Christopher H

Super Reviewer

June 7, 2013
What can be said about this film that hasn't already been said, it is very much the 'Batman and Robin' of the Superman franchise and proceeded to kill the franchise until 2006. Not only is it the worst of the franchise but 'Superman IV' also represents the absolute bottom of the barrel as far as superhero movies are concerned. The plot plays out like a very bad Silver Age comic, with a cringeworthy heavy-handed 'Captain Planet'-esque anti-nuclear weapon message, beyond cheesy plot consisting of multiple meaningless subplots, mediocre effects-driven action sequences that induce laughter rather than suspense, and actors who seem more disinterested than the next. Even Christopher Reeve seems to be tired of the role that once launched his career nine years prior. Gene Hackman's reprisal as Lex Luthor brings a couple smiles but he is not nearly in the movie enough to elevate it. The film's actual villain, Nuclear Man, looks like a blond curly-haired Fabio Lanzoni with silver press-on nails. It is a complete failure as a film but if you can gather a few of your friends together, it can be very enjoyable just to do a MST3K beat-down on this absolute garbage of a flick.
KJ P

Super Reviewer

May 28, 2013
Was this really the way they wanted to finish this series of films? Honestly? I definitely don't think this is what the creators had planned from the beginning. Going completely against all the comics and story lines, "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" has the worst script, the dumbest plot, and the most laughable villain of all. Above all, Christopher Reeve doesn't even seem like he really wants to be there. The first two Superman pictures truly show what is meant to be seen from these stories and the third hit a pretty weak slope, but this scream bad all the way through. The direction is sloppy, the effects are worse than ever, and the classic Superman transformations are so lazy that I almost shut this movie off. This is the worst Superman film by far, the worst superhero film I have ever seen, and one of the worst films in general that I have ever seen!
aSpaceCowboy
aSpaceCowboy

Super Reviewer

May 29, 2008
I guess it wouldn't be a Superman movie without something happening to the State of Liberty. "Superman IV" is such a mess. Everything from it's poorly written story to its sometimes confusing editing. As much as I thought it couldn't be possible, it's actually worse than "Superman III."
TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

February 7, 2013
While the first couple of Superman entries were something very entertaining and fun, this fourth film is basically an awful mess from start to finish. The filmmakers should have called it quits after the third film. I really can't see why this film made as it fails to capture anything that made the first two films great. Acting wise, the cast seem bored and there is no standout performance here. Christopher Reeve should have hung his cape and called it a day. However they had to eke out a fourth film, and in turn it was a tired, lazy affair that simply doesn't pay off for the audience looking for something wonderful to watch. Director Sidney J. Furie directs this failure and it should be no surprise at the result because Furie is an incompetent director who can't seem to direct an entertaining film. Don't expect anything with this fourth film as it scrapes the bottom of the barrel of ideas. There's nothing interesting going on on-screen and the cast simply don't deliver. Usually in a franchise, a fourth entry will show its lazy qualities and lack in terms of original ideas. That is very much the case with Superman IV. If you love Superman check out the first two films and give the third one a view, but don't expect anything as good as the first two. With this one, expect a crap fest that is sure to disappoint and one that just doesn't have any redeeming factors whatsoever. I hated this film, and think it should never have been made. The only good thing about this film is that it is the last in a series that was once great, but that with every film the studio made, the ideas would start to feel strained, and that simply made the series a tad too silly. A big disappointment.
michael e.
michael e.

Super Reviewer

September 28, 2010
terrible effects way too many plotholes such as that girl being carried by radioactive man in space with no way of getting oxygen, and a huge amount of stupid dialogue sequences
AJ V

Super Reviewer

September 6, 2010
This last Superman movie has a very obvious sub-plot about nuclear war, and it's also very cheesy. It's not as bad as the third one, but it's still not a great superhero movie. Overall, it's okay.
Conner R

Super Reviewer

November 26, 2009
While it does have one of the craziest villians of all time, Nuclear Man, it is not enough to make this movie worthwhile. The plot is laughable and the acting is atrocious. It was a tad better than part III, but still a disaster and horrible conclusion to the series. While it's great seeing Gene Hackman back as Lex Luthor and finding new ways to destroy Superman, the series should have ended a long time ago.
The Gandiman
The Gandiman

Super Reviewer

February 6, 2010
Embarrassing
Jason O

Super Reviewer

September 10, 2009
"Superman 4 - The Quest for Peace" is without a doubt my least favorite of the four Superman movies. This last time around, Superman (Christopher Reeve) has a plan to put an end to nuclear war altogether by getting rid of all the world's nuclear weapons. But it won't be as easy as the Man of Steel makes it sound because Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) has his own plan of making and selling nuclear weapons in order to get rich. And on top of that, Lex Luthor has made a new being that just might give Superman a challenge as to who's the strongest. This new being gets his power from the sun and is called Nuclear Man.
In "Superman 4 - The Quest for Peace," Superman does do some terrific feats such as rescue the Statue of Liberty, rescue an astronaut in outer space, and even visit the USA flag on the moon, but it's just not the same Superman. "Superman 4 - The Quest for Peace" has the worst special effects and also the worst plot of any of the Superman movies. The excitement and sense of wonder that were in the previous 3 movies just isn't here in this movie.

"Superman 4 - The Quest for Peace" is an alright movie, but not great by any means. I recommend anybody who likes the other Superman movies to rent this one, but I wouldn't recommend buying it unless you're a Superman fanatic and you absolutely have to have it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 3, 2009
Ok, its not great but it has Christopher Reeve in it as Superman. Thats enough for me :o)
Chris G

Super Reviewer

December 27, 2008
Did you see Superman III? If you thought that movie was terrible then just wait until you see Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. You'll believe a man can fly in front of a blue screen with shoddy special effects work and a script that should have been used to wipe someone's ass.

Superman IV is a shake your finger tale about the dangers of nuclear holocaust. This isn't Dr. Strangelove kids, that movie was actually good. This is a huge heaping pile of mess that can't even be saved by the return of Gene Hackman. Why in the hell did Gene Hackman do this piece of dung!? The same reason Michael Caine did Jaws: The Revenge: Cash. This is the film where we learn that kryptonite and a well manicured set of nuclear fingernails can destroy Superman and that he can lay bricks with his own eyes and apparently Mariel Hemingway is super human and can function in space sans suit.

This is a film where one star doesn't say how utterly terrible it is. I want a steaming turd icon for this film. It's no wonder it took 20 years to do another one. With lines like "He'll be alright, he needs a doctor." Superman IV ranks right up there as one of the greatest craptraps ever created.
magnum32004
magnum32004

Super Reviewer

October 9, 2006
Don't be put off by the shoddy visual effects. Enjoy it for the entertainment value.
A B

Super Reviewer

October 22, 2007
Terrible! SFX were hopelessly bad. Who wrote the script? Shoot them please!
Lafe F

Super Reviewer

July 1, 2007
Superman IV didn't do much for anybody. There's an anti-war message, bad special effects, an over-the-top laughable super villain, a political Superman, childish opening credits, lack of heroic rescues, an absence of Lois Lane and Lanna Lang - what did they expect when they slapped this thing together? I would gladly watch "Supergirl" over this thing.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

June 10, 2007
This sunk without a trace, barely anyone remebers there were 4 original Superman films!
Jose Z

Super Reviewer

May 7, 2007
an movie that fails in everything, a very wasted formula with a weak plot and despite a good cast, it has a very poor acting
Jason S

Super Reviewer

February 26, 2007
Very silly and you can tell the makers weren't paying much attention to the work they were doing when the bad guy flies into space holding girl and she lives.
sanjurosamurai
sanjurosamurai

Super Reviewer

January 22, 2007
they should have realized this would be bad when they read the script
garyX
garyX

Super Reviewer

December 24, 2006
Dumb preachy nonsense that pits superman against a caped plank of wood in a non-stop po-faced cheesefest. Laughably bad.
Aaron N

Super Reviewer

June 29, 2006
Movies that should be put in a box and sent into outerspace. Included in that box: This movie. God awful.
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