Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) - Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

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To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
Length: 119 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 18 out of 236 found boring (7.62%)

One-line Reviews (135)

Though Star Trek: The Original Series is probably best known for its diverse cast of characters and mind-bending story lines, many fans of the show consider the comedic-style episodes of the show to be paramount to all others, as they allow the main characters to emote in non-formulaic fashions (remember Sulu brandishing a rapier, Spock hanging from a tree, or the Easter bunny in "Shore Leave"?

But this movie managed to be very entertaining.

It lacks real adventure,it is conventional,childish and banal.

You walk out of the film wanting to be just that little bit nicer to whales.

The film starts of too slow, though the acting and special effects kept it chugging along.

But it's also funny, re- watchable, and probably the most entertaining.

This film is just thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

The special effects alone in this film are worth watching.

Each and EVERY one of the television series just bored me stiff.

Its a classic fish out of water scenario, and although the film is a bit predictable, it is very entertaining.

Star Trek's most light-hearted entry is a very funny and highly enjoyable adventure set on the streets of San Francisco, circa 1986.

A Voyage Worth Watching.

We have a truce between a concerned Bones and a reemerging Spock, yet still with an entertaining interaction between them.

Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home is a very enjoyable movie with a simple storyline and,like there always is in Star Trek,a brilliant cast.

Like one viewer said, the pace is so slow, the story is dead in the water.

The destruction of earth because of some old probe was really a hokey, contrived plot.

But on this viewing, I find it particularly compelling.

FINAL WORD: Without a doubt, the best of the film series -- the most entertaining, the most popular and the most profitable.

Just an enjoyable romp that never takes itself too seriously, gives each cast member moments and something to do, has a message, and manages to capture the spirit of the original show maybe better than any other of the films.

Is this film deep or intense like Wrath of Khan?

But other than that, this film is really an enjoyable laugh that I'd recommend to anyone!

' However, the film is more than just a piece of animal rights propaganda.

Enjoyable Stuff.

The trilogy within the Trek series comes to an end in this intriguing and well-styled film that brings us traditional Trek thrills with an additional "save the world" ethic that too many people have ignored time and time again.

The film is far from perfect - plot holes abound, starting with the silly premise (the probe destroying earth by communication), and the environmental "message" is written in overlarge letters, but still a very entertaining and endearing film, endlessly rewatchable!

Enjoyable sequel .

It was a delightful film, fun and vastly entertaining.

While the story is quite simple the dialogue and character interactions are witty and entertaining.


And whilst the film is wonderfully entertaining when it's set in 1986, step back and look at the bigger picture, and you'll find that its nothing more than the film being about a big piece of liquorice who is lonely and can't speak any language apart from whale.

This is probably a film to be watched over and over; I wish there were more such adult sci-fi efforts that eschew pretension and present so much intelligent dialogue, acting and intriguing "differences".

Silly but fun and even more enjoyable after the straight-laced part 3.

It is very entertaining even though the plot premise is more than slightly implausible.

While the original had it's flaws, I thought it was a decent enough film, but the The Wrath of Khan was a much better film with a compelling story while The Search for Spock is pretty good aside from it's other-the-top moments.

Regrettably, only the middle ones of the six involving the original Enterprise Crew (Kirk, Spock, etc.) are worth watching by any other than "Trekkies".

Its atmosphere is so smart, with engaging story, and imaginative elements.

STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME was, for me, the most entertaining of the Star Trek movies so far, purely because it feels like an episode of the original series blown up to movie length.

It begins on an intriguing note with a mysterious space probe arriving in orbit around the Earth.

Because of the flaws, the idiotic plot, and plot holes, the scenes shot in sort of a detached form, particularly the crash landing scene which seems completely artificial and contrived (you can almost sense the studio lights overhead), the characters simultaneously dunces and competent futuristic bridge officers, and so on, you could say the film hasn't aged well.

The charming movie is full of enjoyable characters, comedy, and overemphasis on excellent special effects.

I did however, find this film extremely entertaining!

Packed with silly humor, a compelling storyline and the ever-likable crew of the Starship Enterprise, STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME is not just the best of the original series, it's also great science fiction.

For one thing, it re-creates the feeling of three Original Series Eps that deal with Time Travel: "Yesterday is Tomorrow" and "Assignment Earth" and the Classic Harlan Ellison Penned "City on the Edge of Forever".

A weird object in space that looks like a black cylinder connected to a football by a beam of intense white light is headed to Earth.

The Voyage Home picked the most cliché and predictable of these scenarios that really ended up being silly.

What put the nail in the coffin though was towards the end it got really, really boring.

Brilliantly Accessible & Entertaining .

The fourth entry in the "Star Trek" movie series is the most popular and unarguably the best-liked of these entertaining movies.

The premise is intriguing.

Ergo, it's not a good Star Trek show, but an okay entertaining sci- fi film that happens to have Star Trek as a backdrop.

This particular movie is one of the most enjoyable.

The picture itself is predictable and lightly entertaining.

very boring, very stupid...

The City on the Edge of Forever was vastly superior.

'The Voyage Home' is easily the most entertaining.

While this installment has the highest "popcorn" factor, this is the most entertaining of the series as it is by far the most fun.

Admiral Kirk (William Shatner), Dr McCoy (the late DeForest Kelley), Sulu(George Takei), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Scott (James Doohan) and Uhura(Nichelle Nichols) are still as engaging to watch as ever, with McCoy still giving his trademark quips and Spock's half-human nature still causingembarrassment in rather amusing ways.

Nimoy does a documentry on the making of this movie which is fascinating to say the least.

But that can be forgiven, because on the whole, Star Trek IV manages to be a wonderfully engaging, universal film that a wide audience can appreciate, without sacrificing its soul in the process.

it is fast paced, beautifully directed by Leonard Nimoy who also plays "Spock".

In many ways, it is the most enjoyable of the Trek films, because the whole thing was done in a fun spirit.

What a trite unsatisfying resolution.

I nearly walked out before the end!

I remember it as one of the more enjoyable films from that time along with "Back 2 the Future" and "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", both of which perhaps not by coincidence are time travel comedies.

Instead of having lots of slow moments and be completely serious movies, the later ones seem to be far more entertaining and adventurous.

There's a special place in my heart for Enterprise-Travels-Back-In-Time stories, and "The Voyage Home" is up there with the best of them (like City on the Edge of Forever).

Looking at it alone it is only reasonable but after watching the dull `Search for Spock' this is a fun relief.

Everything is predictable and lacks suspense.

Well anyone who at one time might have had some trouble with tribbles will probably have a hang-up with humpbacks in this flick, but as I said earlier, I took it in a humorous vein and found it generally entertaining.

When they arrive at late 20th century San Francisco, they find a world that is both fascinating and hostile.

ST IV was an okay film that was entertaining.

This, balanced with the extensive and effective use of familiar characters, make for some truly memorable and enjoyable moments.

But all of that is just a vehicle to get the stars we came to respect and the characters we came to love on the screen interacting in amusing and entertaining ways.

There was plenty of the light comedy and entertaining character interaction that made Kirk, Spock, Bones, and Scotty such beloved characters in the first place.

V and VI were much more entertaining because the storyline in this is plodding, at best.

In both cases, "Star Trek IV" serves as a pleasant return to the well, reminding us why it was so enjoyable for so long.

Evocative musical score with usual leitmotif by Leonard Rosenman.

I found this to be a very enjoyable, user friendly Star Trek film, and with the help of it, I managed to get my younger brothers into the franchise.

Entertaining story with intelligent ecological message about a humpbacks whales saving mankind.

" Some good performances help too, as well as spectacular special effects that make THE VOYAGE HOME a highly enjoyable entry in the Star Trek film series.

Simply one of the most enjoyable sci-fi films .

Spock as usual has the best lines, but both Shatner and Kelly have their moments too Overall it's a light hearted and enjoyable picture thats easy to watch and enjoy.

It's probably one of the best of its franchise- it knows what it is and it's got laughs for its audience and thrills for young and old alike (and yes, it's a cliché that isn't how it really is here).

" Although that was dumb, too, at least it was entertaining.

In short, I find it somewhat tedious on the whole and very entertaining in much of its parts, especially the 65-minute middle section which brings James T.

If there is anything to say against it I would say while there is a villain they're probably the most uninteresting villains in Star Trek history (it's just the American authorities in 1986) and that...

It was made to seem like something that could be done, but was VERY dangerous, unpredictable, and unstable and therefore not performed very often.

Very enjoyable and user friendly.

The film is a little slow to start.

The only other Star Trek that bore as fine a sense of humor was David Gerrold's masterpiece, "The Trouble With Tribbles".

the ensemble cast also helps to that end (everyone here gets their time in the sun), and it all makes for a pretty enjoyable ride.

Although it is the most successful and popular Star Trek film, the story is very dull and slow.

) In all, this is a enjoyable movie, and despite it's links to the 1980's and Catherine Hick's Big Hair (Hey, I vaguely remember in the 1980's i HAD hair!

To conclude, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a rousing film filled with non-stop laughs.

Only Star Trek writers could take a plot that sounds so silly and preposterous and make it so wonderfully entertaining.

Overall, not too great because it was so slow moving and not suspenseful.

just a moronic space probe providing what may well be the most contrived excuse for a voyage in sci-fi history!

Finally, this is very enjoyable movie, fast-paced and with a lot of human feelings.

What makes the viewing a lot more rewarding is knowing some of the original episodes that inspired them; the obvious 'Space Seed'; 'Amok Time'; 'Journey To Babel'; 'Trouble with Tribbles'; 'City on the Edge of Forever'; ect.

'The Voyage Home' is definitely the most entertaining of the Star Treks firstly because for one of the only times the un-killable Star Trek crew is put in a situation which we understand and they don't.

Entertaining until it turns preachy...

Lightly played but enjoyable romp through space; time and, most remarkably, 1980s California for the Star Trek crew on a quest for whales and redemption.

Probably the Most Enjoyable of the Original Series .

It definitely is one of the more entertaining films in the Star Trek series.

The whole exercise seems achingly contrived.

I found this movie funny, enjoyable, and quite a change of pace from the previous movies...

The Voyage Home is entertaining and thought-provoking, one of the very best Star Trek films (I think it's the best).

It's as if they set out to destroy everything that made the original show so enjoyable.

the crew of the enterprise saves the whales, visits San Fran, other follies, very entertaining .

As others have noted, it's definitely the most downright entertaining of all the Treks.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is an enjoyable installment in the Star Trek franchise.

Their first attempt, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, tried and failed in the same effort, but did so because it was protracted and boring, hardly characteristics of the original series.

I think it worked better in 'the day' because the previous movies had been so ponderous, or serious, or dreary, that a jokester crew was probably a bit of a welcome surprize.

Actually the first movie (The Motion Picture) was highly recommended from lots of people, but I couldn't finish it at all, due to super slow pace.

Hugely enjoyable.

) and it such an enjoyable ride that you really forget about the subtext.

Sometimes, it can be seen as pure entertaining fluff.

And that 'history together' is what survives this utterly contrived film, as well.

The Voyage Home is very enjoyable and fun to watch.

basically this film is worth watching for some of the dialogue if you can stick with it through the drawn out scenes - especially the ones with whales.

Star Trek V accomplishes this, and this is why I enjoyed it.

Perhaps the Most Enjoyable of the Star Trek Movies .

Still on the Vulcan planet awaiting repairs to their captured Klingon ship, Kirk and his crew are summoned to earth by the Federation to stand trial for making Star Trek 3 so very dull.

No matter why it is beloved, at least, an interesting (say fascinating...

So the Voyage Home is more entertaining and thematically engaging- immensely so- about life in 1986 Earth.

Very predictable .

"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" may not be as consistent as "Star Trek" has ever been, but it is mostly entertaining, with its fair share of excitement, like one would hope.

The scenery is nice to look at especially New York City, the special effects are solid, the writing is clever, and the music score from Leonard Rosenman is rousing.

Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable movie, very funny, very optimistic and very good.

It felt like I was watching a pathetic attempt at propaganda from save-the-whales rather than an actual movie.

Regardless of my reservations it is a solidly entertaining film and definitely worth seeing, especially if you want to see many of the conventions of the series turned on their heads.

They worked pretty well together and made the characters enjoyable.

A fascinating plot.

Leonard Nimoy shows once again he can direct well, but his character, Spock is sidelined to an emotionless bore.

Despite some dull moments, I would say "The Voyage Home" is another watchable "Star Trek" movie.