Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
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Superman (Christopher Reeve) tries to save the world from nuclear destruction at the hands of Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) in this action film featuring the man of steel. In a speech to the United Nations, Superman declares he will rid the world of all nuclear weapons. Arch-villain Luthor emerges from prison obsessed with killing Superman and creates an adversary known as Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow). The two engage in a fight to the finish in various landmarks on Earth before taking their battle into outer space. When Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) invites both Superman and Clark Kent to a double-date… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

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"The impoverishment here is not merely of means, but of spirit."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Superman IV is cinematic kryptonite. Not only could it kill the Superman series, it might also leave filmgoers feeling weak."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Fortunately, the regular Superman performers all do their jobs well."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It`s hard to summon much wonder when Superman goes mano-a-mano with Nuclear Man, a Lex Luthor creation with a static electricity problem."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"For sentimentality's sake, it's great watching Reeve and company reprise their roles even if it's in the bastard child edition of the series, but this isn't just one of the worst comic book films, it's one of the worst films ever made."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"The overall effect is of a story atomized and dying before our eyes, collapsing into smashed pulp, ground down into big-budget Kryptonite ash."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"The earlier films in the series were far from perfect, but at their best they had some flair and agreeable humor, qualities this one sorely lacks."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Tthe enthusiastic hamming can't hide the clunking direction by Sidney J Furie and the sub-standard special effects."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Even at 91 minutes, the film seems truncated."
‑ , People Magazine
"Predictably awful fourth installment."
‑ William Thomas, Empire Magazine
"Of course, Superman saves the world, but the real news is that there's still some life in the series."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"By ordinary movie standards it's awful, but fans of cinematic dementia should have fun for about half an hour."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"It's hard to escape the conclusion that all the originality and excitement have been drained from the series."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"It's a shame that "Superman" had to leave the eighties in such a disgraceful fashion."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"With the passing of the production torch to infamous budget tightwads Golan and Globus, it was clear that the worst was yet to come."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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