Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
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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, along with the resurrected and regenerated Spock (Leonard Nimoy, who also directed). While Spock tries… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Latest excursion is warmer, wittier, more socially relevant and truer to its TV origins than prior odysseys."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"the bad guys... are really my countrymen so... still great though"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"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."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"I suspect the unconverted will want to be beamed up pronto."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Buoyant, farcical time-travel Enterprise escapade."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The eco-themes are writ large, but are saved from smacking of cringe-worthy earnestness by the good humour of the whole endeavour."
‑ , Film4
"one of the more entertaining Trek outings"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"...Kirk has finally reached his full lounge lizard potential (it's as if the comedy has freed him from his remaining inhibitions)."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"By far the silliest and most self-mocking of the series."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Allows the characters and relationships shine, but whales?"
‑ Willie Waffle,
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