Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 24, 1987
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Superman series bottoms out here: the action is boring, the special effects look cheaper, and none of the actors appear interested in where the plot's going.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The impoverishment here is not merely of means, but of spirit.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Superman IV is cinematic kryptonite. Not only could it kill the Superman series, it might also leave filmgoers feeling weak.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Terrible '80s sequel has violence, nuclear weapons.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The overall effect is of a story atomized and dying before our eyes, collapsing into smashed pulp, ground down into big-budget Kryptonite ash.

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Variety Staff

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Fortunately, the regular Superman performers all do their jobs well.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Of course, Superman saves the world, but the real news is that there's still some life in the series.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

By ordinary movie standards it's awful, but fans of cinematic dementia should have fun for about half an hour.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Tthe enthusiastic hamming can't hide the clunking direction by Sidney J Furie and the sub-standard special effects.

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Flixster Audience Score: 15% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Heim
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… More
Michael Edwards
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… More
KJ Proulx
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… More
Aj V
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… More
Alex roy
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… More
Conner Rainwater
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… More