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Star Trek - First Contact (1996)


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 49
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: While fans of the series will surely appreciate it, First Contact is exciting, engaging, and visually appealing enough to entertain Star Trek novices.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: While fans of the series will surely appreciate it, First Contact is exciting, engaging, and visually appealing enough to entertain Star Trek novices.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 99,189



Movie Info

The first "Trek" film to feature the cast of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series without any of the members of the original series, this action-packed hit was well received at the box office. The Federation comes under attack by its ongoing enemy, the Borg, a cybernetics-enhanced race that once kidnapped Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), "assimilating" him into a drone. As a former prisoner of the Borg, Picard is ordered to stay out of the new battle, but he cannot resist and … More

PG-13 (for some sci-fi adventure violence)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Rick Berman , Brannon Braga , Ronald D. Moore
In Theaters:
Oct 6, 1998
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Star Trek - First Contact

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (4) | DVD (38)

In zooming out from Picard's glinty eyeball, this eighth feature film from the Trek factory displays a zippy new energy and a sleek, confident style fully independent of its predecessors.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

First Contact is no grab bag of camp gewgaws; it stands proud and apart, accessible even to the Trek-deficient. This old Star, it seems, has a lot of life in it.

Full Review… | May 3, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The elegance of the story is enhanced by the sure direction of Jonathan Frakes, who also plays Commander William Riker.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A smashingly exciting sci-fi adventure that ranks among the very best in the long-running Paramount franchise.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Top Critic

This makes little concession to non-initiates.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The series now lacks all of its original stars and much of its earlier determination. It has morphed into something less innocent and more derivative than it used to be, something the noncultist is ever less likely to enjoy.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

If the film itself is a little bit generic, more of a popcorn sci-fi action film than a faithful adaptation of the characters from the series, that's probably all to the good.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

The problem with most of the Next Generation Star Trek movies is that they feel like extended episodes of the television show. First Contact is the one time that it really feels like they made a Movie, with a capital M.

Full Review… | July 9, 2010
Three Movie Buffs

...a huge step beyond Generations.

Full Review… | September 26, 2009
Movie Metropolis

It does a good job of serving up elements that will please the fans of the show, but it does not quite stand on its own as a memorable motion picture event.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009

Star Trek finally gets imaginative, exciting and - dare I say it? - kinky.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009

Action-packed yet intelligent, this takes the very best of the TV show and gives it epic grandeur.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008

The historic first Trek movie entirely divorced from the original cast is no blot on the franchise.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Among the two or three best of the Star Trek films.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

It robustly apes James Cameron's Aliens, even down to the head villain, played with kinky boo-hiss relish by Alice Krige, who appears to be channeling equal parts Cameron's Alien Queen and Marlene Dietrich.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

This film is going to have lots of return viewers and will be one of the more successful of the franchise.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

The best of the Next Generation entries.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Creative Loafing

Compared to episodes before and those that followed, this eighth installment of the unkillable series is surprisingly watchable.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005

One of the better chapters in the long history of this prosperous franchise.

Full Review… | May 6, 2003

With its fascinating storyline and its adroit insights into human history, identity, and sexuality Star Trek: First Contact is a winner.

Full Review… | November 11, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Star Trek - First Contact


First Contact is a brilliant film that has highly entertaining from start to finish. This, for me, is yet another great sequel in the franchise, and one of the finest entries in the series in the 90's. The cast all bring some great to the film, and overall, this is the most ambitious, film in the series, only topped recently by Star Trek Into Darkness. This possesses everything you'd expect from a very well crafted Star Trek film, and it has a well crafted storyline, good action scenes, and enough thrills from start to finish to satisfy genre fans. What First Contact does well is to amp up the stakes in terms of scope, and it furthers the formula even more into new territory that delivers a terrific film going experience. This entry is one of the best Star Trek films I've seen, and it is a well directed affair, one that is thoroughly exciting from the first frame onwards. Even for non Star Trek fans, this is worth seeing because it's a film that has some well executed action scenes, and it's a fine example of genre cinema. Aside from the recent Star Trek films, this is one of my favorites, and the way that the story is told, mixed with engaging performances, makes this a must see film that will even appeal to genre skeptics. Even if you're not big into this particular genre, Star Trek First Contact is a strong picture that elevates the genre significantly. I enjoyed this film, even more so than other previous entries, and it ranks as one of the very best films in the Star Trek series. With a well crafted story, great effects, wonderful performances, this is a memorable and thrilling genre film that should be enjoyed by anyone that is looking for a highly entertaining Science Fiction film to watch.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


The greatest nemesis of the federation, the Borg attempt to assimilate Earth in this hugely enjoyable addition to the Trek franchise. There are some great effects, and director Frakes had obviously done his homework; the space battle is spectacular (if a little brief), and he cleverly chooses to transform the sterile, neon-lit corridors of the Enterprise into the kind of gloomy, atmospheric locations that would not look out of place on the Nostromo. The Borg are rightful favourites from the series, a seriously creepy race of "bionic zombies" who can assimilate their enemies through touch and render their weapons useless. It's also nice how the characters are given shades of grey, notably Picards almost pathological hatred of them and Data's "seduction" at the hands of the coldly fascistic Borg queen. It does have it's weak points; while all the best characters are battling robotic corpses through darkened corridors (cool), the crap ones are all planet side indulging in feeble comic relief (about as cool as Celine Dion covering "Achy breaky heart" in bri-nylon slacks and sewn-in mittens.) These sequences are brief enough to avoid wrecking it however, and James Cromwell is quite good fun as the boozy astronaut who bears little resemblance to the legendary figure the crew were all expecting. As a whole it cracks along at a fair old pace and with some knowingly self-referential lines and Trekkie-friendly cameos thrown in, it's a great slice of action-packed and fun family entertainment. Still the best Trek film by some way, and yes that includes the ill-advised "update" .

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Christian C

Super Reviewer


The film tries a little too hard to be serious when it wants to be, and turns out to be far too silly when being light hearted. I highly enjoyed this entry into the Star Trek franchise, but the Original Motion Picture Series is a far superior watch. I found myself checking my watch during the non-exciting portions of this film, but when it kicked in, boy did it ever. I had a blast watching the fantastic visuals and the interaction between characters in this is some of the best in the series. I'm not too fond of the second generation cast, but for what it is, it proves itself worthy. I am not sure how much more they can do with the series now though.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Star Trek - First Contact Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Data:
I imagine I look worse than I... feel.
– Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard:
Six years ago, they assimiated me into their collective. I had their cybernetic devices implanted throughout my body. I was linked to the hive mind. Every trace of individuality erased. I was one of them. So you can imagine, my dear, I have a somewhat unique perspective on the Borg, and I know how to fight them. Now if you'll excuse me, I have work to do.
– Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
Lily Sloane:
Borg? Sounds Swedish.
– Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
Borg Queen:
We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.
– Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard:
Let's just say Starfleet has every confidence with the Enterprise and her crew - they're just not sure about her Captain. They believe that a man who was once captured and assimilated by the Borg should not be put in a situation where he would face them again. To do so would introduce "an unstable element to a critical situation."
– Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
Capt. Jean-Luc Picard:
And he piled upon the whale's white hump, the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon, he would have shot his heart upon it.
– Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)

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