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Star Trek Generations

Star Trek Generations (1994)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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The seventh Star Trek feature passed the torch to a new crew. Decades after the original "Trek," the skipper of the fourth USS Enterprise is Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who investigates a massacre at a science outpost. The only survivor is Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowall), who perpetrated the event to cover up his invention: a bomb he launches into a nearby sun, exploding it. As Soran escapes with Klingon cronies, Picard learns that Soran's plan is to summon a heavenly energy ribbon called

Nov 17, 1998

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (25) | DVD (31)

Star Trek Generations has enough verve, imagination and familiarity to satisfy three decades' worth of Trekkers raised on several incarnations of the television skein.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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At least the special effects and outer space vistas are more handsome than usual.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The series' dullest instalment.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Generations is predictably flabby and impenetrable in places, but it has enough pomp, spectacle and high-tech small talk to keep the franchise afloat.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A rich and absorbing saga.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Mostly, Generations spends its running length searching for, and never completely finding, its niche.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Star Trek at its geekiest, and cursory filmmaking at its blandest.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

From the opening shot of a champagne bottle floating in space to the pulsating ribbon of an engulfing Nexus, the film's images dazzled me.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Doesn't work as a goodbye to Kirk or as a hello to Picard.

July 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Star Trek: Generations suffers from the feeling that it is only a bigger budgeted episode of the television show, one that fails to use the full potential of the cinematic medium.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

The seventh Trek extravaganza emerges as a disappointment, slightly better than the inept Star Trek V but markedly inferior to Parts II and VI.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I had hoped Generations would rescue Star Trek from its pervasive dullness, but somehow things have gotten even more boring

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

a little stiff but still good

July 5, 2008

It's nice to see Kirk one last time.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

I could think of two dozen "Next Generation" episodes that are a lot better than this flick.

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Rewards long-time fans but contains basic flaws likely to trouble general audiences.

December 17, 2004

Devoted Trekkers will have to see it to keep abreast of the ships' logs, but Saturday night at the flicks fun-seekers are apt to concur this one only fires on stun.

September 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This entry isn't particularly strong, but it isn't terribly weak, either -- it's probably the best of the "odd number" Trek movies ever made

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Shatner is godly ( and he gets to say "Dillweed"!), but he deserved a better sendoff from Star Trek than this.

November 28, 2003
New Times

Disappointing big-screen debut for Picard's gang

October 10, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Both a dismal farewell to the old crew and a dull introduction to the new.

August 10, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

So so attempt to combine two generations of Star Trek crews.

June 7, 2003
Nitrate Online

It would have, however, been nice if Generations would have gone beyond the scope of the television series to deliver something a bit more substantial.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for Star Trek Generations

An alien scientist obsessed with returning to a temporal nexus threatens the destruction of an entire planetary system and so Captain Picard enlists the help of the previous Captain of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk. The most obvious difference between the Next Generation's first big screen outing and the earlier films is a certain sense of professionalism; although it is still hokey sci-fi, the script is rather more adult (the embarrassing sub plot concerning Data's emotion chip aside), the performances have more dramatic gravitas and the effects and action sequences far more polished and exciting. The contrived excuse for Kirk appearing rather anachronistically in the Next Generation universe stretches credulity to breaking point and the whole nexus sequence drags the pacing down to a snail's pace but otherwise Generations injected a refreshing new energy into the flagging franchise. Hardly a game changer but still an entertaining sci-fi pot boiler with plenty of fan pleasing moments.
March 4, 2014
garyX
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I may be alone here, but this film is horribly underrated and is one of my favourites in the franchise. Kicking off a new generation of films, this film acts as a segue, introducing the new characters and what type of stories we should be expecting. "Star Trek Generations" is the type of film that has both a good story and good dialogue, making the characters that much more enjoyable to watch. The effects are now something to cherish and watch in awe. The direction and scale of this film is absolutely phenomenal and the time travel aspect of it is tremendously entertaining. I thought it was great from start to finish, but had a few dry spots. This film rocks!
March 31, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A new film, a new generation and the beginning of a newer franchise. I don't like these shorter one word film titles though.

The film kicks off with the handing over of the 'Enterprise' from 'Kirk' to a new younger crew. You half expected the next generation crew to be at the hand over but not so. Shatner looks uncomfortable in this sequence (in my opinion), it does seem as if he would be quite happy to carry on being the immortal space legend 'Kirk'. It seems like a painful break for him and the original cast members that join him...Doohan and Koenig.

The same could be said for myself as a viewer, I've never been a Trekkie but I have always enjoyed the original cast. This new film starts off well and in familiar territory with the beloved 'kirk' 'Scotty' and 'Chekov' under pressure, but it quickly falls flat as we hesitantly hand over to the new duller crew.

The problem with the new generation is quite simply the new crew, Jesus they are bland! so very boring, the only character I think has some interest is 'Worf'. A Klingon male that has joined 'Starfleet' and worked up the ranks, could almost be seen as a turncoat to his Klingon people, interesting.

Other characters in the film are all rather meek and uninteresting. McDowell's character isn't really very threatening and fails to crank up the tension when on screen, hardly a villain to remember. I must also admit I always hated Goldberg in Star Trek, she just seemed to big a name to have involved plus she really doesn't fit this type of genre if you ask me.

Other personal issues I have with this film and the new crew is the character of 'Data'. A tremendously annoying character that looks like a makeup mistake, terrbile effects when we do see his innards and whose humorous moments are rather forced and cringeworthy. His whole development during this film is along the same lines as 'Kryten' from British sci-fi comedy 'Red Dwarf'...yet not as good I might add. Of course my opinions are personal preference within the Star Trek universe.

Anyway the plot is pretty dull frankly, an odd choice of adventure, at least up until the 'Nexus' takes 'Picard' whilst part of the 'Enterprise' crashes (film highlight borrowed from 'Star Trek III' perhaps?). Things do get a little more interesting then especially as we get 'Kirk' back. Still many questions arise during these sequences, what exactly is the 'Nexus'? an afterlife of some kind? where does it come from? how does it work? etc...How come 'Picard' can see and talk to 'Guinan'? and how come 'Kirk' had only just arrived there despite him entering the 'Nexus' 78 years prior?. Lastly, how come they can both simply decide to leave the 'Nexus' to where ever they wish?.

Maybe I missed these points I dunno but luckily it doesn't detract from the fun of having 'Kirk' and 'Picard' double up in a pretty cool franchise generation cross over. Alas they still decide to kill off 'Kirk' which I think is a mistake because he and his classic crew got a bloody good send off in 'Star Trek VI'. Seeing as he gets killed here you tend to think the character would deserve yet another royal send off with a big military funeral attended by all previous characters in a special episode or another film. Seems an anti climax to just leave it at this after all that has gone before.

As for the effects well of course they look sharper and bolder but most of the shots were cgi created with only a few models used. For me this is a shame and adds to the shiny plastic fake look of the film just like its TV counterpart, models always look better!!. The whole film did feel very much like an outstretched TV episode, more so than previous film offerings if you ask me. Like I said the plot is thin and could easily have been a simple episode (seeing as the effects aren't exactly much different). There really was no big silver screen stand out moment, the space battle against the Klingon sisters was quite good but that's all you get.

Overall I think this was a disappointing start for the next gen of Trek films. I admit it was always gonna be a hard sell to me as I never followed Star Trek after the original crew and never liked the next gen cast/crew. Despite that its still a very mediocre entry with a lot of dialog which could almost be construed as time wasting of sorts.

Seeing 'Kirk' and 'Picard' together was damn good I have to say. Seeing the 'Shat' back in action at the finale despite weight and age really puts a smile on your face, Trek fan or not. Lets not forget it was a three way battle including McDowell, that's a pretty awesome trio of legends duking it out right there folks :). Just a shame the rest of the film didn't live up to the action and excitement in the finale. It took the inclusion of Shatner to bring that excitement I might add, that tells you something.
July 7, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

A two part TNG episode that never fully takes advantage of it's film medium. The acting is overall decent and the visuals are entertaining to look at. However, the movie is plague by episodic writing, questionable character motivations, and a nonsensical plot device(The Nexis). The movie is meant to pass the torch from the old Star Trek crew to the new one. It fails as a goodbye to the old crew because Captain Kirk's death is character insulting and emotionally un-fullfilling. Picard and Kirk don't meet until the last twenty minutes and the movie barely bothers to establish a certain chemistry with the two. The movie also does little to introduce the TNG cast to movie audiences. The character Data is severely misused because he is mostly used as petty comic relief. The only funny moment with him is when he said "Oh, shit". Unless you've watched the show, the only character that may compel you is Captain Picard, and that is only because of Patrick Stewarts great acting. One thing I liked about Star Treks 2-6 was they were self-contained stories that didn't rely too much on the continuity of the TV show. Fans of TNG may enjoy this regardless but overall this is a very average Star Trek movie.
November 23, 2011
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

    1. James T. Kirk: First, move us into transporter range.
    2. Capt. Harriman: But the gravometric distortions, they'll tear us apart!
    3. James T. Kirk: Risk is part of the game, if you want to sit in that chair... Second, turn that damn thing off!
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