Star Trek Reviews

Tom Charity
CNN.com
Top Critic
August 4, 2013

Did somebody just reach through the space-time continuum and pull out a white rabbit?

Laremy Legel
Film.com
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May 6, 2011

One of the most accessible and entertaining films of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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May 8, 2009

The young cast is mostly callow and TV-bland and the special effects don't quite seem worth that hefty price tag, but overall this is a presentable addition to the franchise.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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May 8, 2009

With Star Trek Abrams honors the show's legacy without fossilizing its best qualities. Instead, he's whisked it off to a planet where numbing nostalgia can't kill it, and where the future is still something to look forward to.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 8, 2009

The wit and youthful energy that's been infused into the new Star Trek should enable this venerable franchise to live longer and prosper more handsomely.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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May 8, 2009

In going back to tell the Enterprise story from the beginning, Star Trek presses collective emotional buttons people didn't even know they had. At its best, the effect is like seeing life panoramically, past and future, simultaneous and magnificent.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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May 8, 2009

Star Trek goes back to the legend's roots with a boldness that brings a fatigued franchise back to life.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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May 8, 2009

You needn't know the secret handshakes or utter the Vulcan blessing "live long and prosper" to gain admission to, and enjoy, summer's first thrill ride.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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May 8, 2009

In his daft, dizzy reinvention of a moribund franchise, Abrams has found a way to be referential without being reverential, to conjure nostalgia without being constrained by it.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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May 8, 2009

The overall impression is one of unbridled enthusiasm on the part of the film's makers, both for its predecessors and for the brave new universe Abrams and his crew are exploring.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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May 7, 2009

Highly illogical but entertaining as hell.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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May 7, 2009

I can name exactly three and a half things "Star Trek" gets wrong -- and I can name about a thousand that Abrams and his cast and crew get absolutely, pitch-perfect, elegantly right.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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May 7, 2009

Quinto is the one person here who may leave teen-aged viewers more perplexed than puffed up; he somehow rebukes the movie's whole obsession with backstory and immaturity by seeming riper and wiser than the charmless folly that is spun around him.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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May 7, 2009

It is pleasant to report that though it's not perfect, the reconstituted Star Trek is successful enough for everyone to breathe a sigh of relief.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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May 7, 2009

It boldly goes somewhere different and makes it hard to leave the film not hoping for a return voyage soon.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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May 7, 2009

Even by the standards of its own predecessors, this Trek feels like it was made by a committee of logic-minded Vulcans (or franchise-protective studio executives) rather than a filmmaker with the singular personality of Nicholas Meyer.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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May 7, 2009

A bright, shiny blast from a newly imagined past.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Mondello
NPR
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May 7, 2009

The aim here is to court a new generation of fans without alienating the true believers speaking Klingon in the box-office lines.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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May 7, 2009

Take note, George Lucas: This is how it's done.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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May 7, 2009

This is really the story of how the Enterprise crew meets, hammers out its differences and becomes a team, and the telling is pure bliss.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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May 7, 2009

There are many satisfyingly sly flourishes in Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's script.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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May 7, 2009

You couldn't ask for a less ponderous, more rollicking time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dana Stevens
Slate
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May 7, 2009

Abrams' cannily constructed prequel respects (for the most part) the rules of that world and, more importantly, retains the original Star Trek's spirit of optimism, curiosity, and humor.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic
May 7, 2009

Phasers set on "stunning."

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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May 7, 2009

hen it comes to sheer spectacle, Star Trek, as re-imagined by J.J. Abrams, delivers.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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May 7, 2009

A movie that, against all odds, has miraculously resurrected a wheezing but beloved franchise.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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May 7, 2009

Abrams' redo isn't just a blast from the past. It's a blast.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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May 7, 2009

It's also a pleasure to report that, not only have Gene Roddenberry's ideas stood up pretty well over the decades, so have Spock's ears.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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May 7, 2009

A film that should appeal to longtime Trekkies, sci-fi neophytes and pretty much anybody who likes a good action flick.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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May 7, 2009

An enjoyably mindless thrill ride.

Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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May 7, 2009

The summer movie season has barely begun, but already one thing is certain: It will have at least one indisputably great movie.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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May 7, 2009

The new Star Trek motion picture seeks to extend a lucrative brand with a young demographic. But it's a real movie -- breathlessly paced bordering on manic, but propulsively entertaining.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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May 6, 2009

It's an exciting, stellar-yet-earthy blast that successfully blends the hip and the classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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May 6, 2009

With a crew like this, you can welcome the future.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
May 6, 2009

The happy result is action-friendly, nerd-friendly, and fundamentally optimistic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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May 6, 2009

The Gene Roddenberry years, when stories might play with questions of science, ideals or philosophy, have been replaced by stories reduced to loud and colorful action.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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May 6, 2009

Writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman manage to morph the new actors into the general outlines of the original crew, but even as they slip into the old character molds, they immediately start to break out of them.

Rafer Guzman
Newsday
Top Critic
May 6, 2009

That jolt of energy may resuscitate the franchise; its breathing, however, feels shallow.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
May 6, 2009

Summer officially hits warp speed.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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May 6, 2009

Smart, epic and eye-popping.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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May 6, 2009

The naturalistic asides slung among our heroes are more than compensatory, establishing both a believable, well-oiled discipline and a collegial camaraderie.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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May 6, 2009

It took decades of increasingly mediocre TV series and Data-dull movies to beat Star Trek to death. But J.J. Abrams brings it all back to basics.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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May 6, 2009

A new creation, one that serves as a self-contained film and a launching pad for a continuation of the franchise, one that should live long and prosper.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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May 6, 2009

Trading on affections sustained over 40 years of popular culture, Star Trek does what a franchise reboot rarely does. It reminds us why we loved these characters in the first place.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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May 6, 2009

As unlikely as it once seemed, it looks like the ol' Enterprise has a few more light-years left in it after all.

Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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May 5, 2009

It's enough to move even a Star Wars fan to tears.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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May 5, 2009

Either you'll go with it or you won't. Regardless, based on Abrams' ambition and scope in rejuvenating the franchise, it's clear it still has plenty of room to live long and prosper.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
May 5, 2009

The setup is complete; now it's time to see whether the implied potential of this first entry into a new series can be realized in its sequel.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
Top Critic
May 4, 2009

This is a totally character driven film with five exceptionally-cast people.

Ben Lyons
At the Movies
Top Critic
May 4, 2009

I think JJ Abrams walks the line gracefully between honoring the original series and introducing the pop culture movie masses to these characters.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
May 4, 2009

If you care about this universe (and I do, damn it), you won't sit passively through J.J. Abrams's restart Trek. You'll marvel at the smarts and wince at the senselessness. You'll nitpick it to death and thrill to it anyway.

Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
April 24, 2009

Blasting onto the screen at warp speed and remaining there for two hours, the new and improved Star Trek will transport fans to sci-fi nirvana.

Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
April 24, 2009

Paced at warp speed with spectacular action sequences rendered brilliantly and with a cast so expert that all the familiar characters are instantly identifiable, the film gives Paramount Pictures a new lease of life on its franchise.