Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
This fourth entry in the Halloween franchise focuses on Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), the niece of ubiquitous masked killer Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur). Jamie tries to lead a normal life, but she can't escape the vengeance of her "funny uncle," who once more escapes from the loony bin. The only echo of the original Halloween -- and a faint one at that -- is the casting of Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, who manages to get through his "We must stop him!" scenes as if mouthing the words for the first time. Though as predictable as they come, Halloween 4 is at least… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fourth entry in the Halloween horror series is a no-frills, workmanlike picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"H4 is very much the cheap knockoff of its prototype, but not half as visceral."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Young Ms. Harris is probably the movie's most powerful element."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The best of the sequels to Carpenter's seminal slasher movie."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"While Part 4 is better than Part 3, it is still worse than, say, being bitten in the retina by fire ants."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"The shocks are infinitesimal, the script diabolical."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Of all the Halloween sequels, including the irrelevant and unwatchable Halloween III, Halloween 4 stands out as the best of a generally uninspired lot."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Feels more like an obligatory teen slasher than the previous films...but gets the job done."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Although this is just more of the same old same, Halloween 4 is directed with some skill by B-movie specialist Dwight H. Little."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Boy, this one's rich."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It seems the latest stage in some curious evolutionary pattern; the slasher species keeps proliferating and getting weaker at the same time."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"While it's definitely not the best of the series, it's an entertaining slasher film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Though it is a slasher movie at all points, it's an atypically intelligent example of the form...a quantum leap better than its two immediate predecessors."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the best chapters of the series...really novel"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"...[Donald Pleasance's Dr. Loomis] doesn't once refer to Myers as "pure evil," though he does call him "evil on two legs" which is almost as good..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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