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Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (1982)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 5

Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.



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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the 1966-69 TV series that spawned it. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) escapes the tedium of a desk job to join Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley) on another space mission. While boldly going where no man etc. etc., Kirk crosses the path of his old enemy Khan (Ricardo Montalban), who as any die-hard Trekker can tell you, was the chief antagonist in the 1966 Trek TV episode

Jul 11, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (5) | DVD (38)

There is something comfortable, even old-shoeish, about the new film, a sense, appropriate to its theme of coming to terms with middle age, that all aboard are pleasurably rediscovering their best selves.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Star Trek II is a very satisfying space adventure, closer in spirit and format to the popular TV series than to its big-budget predecessor.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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If only director Nicholas Meyer had grasped the implications of his tale more fully and enthusiastically, this might have become a classic piece of cornball SF poetry, but as it stands the tepid acting and one-set claustrophobia take a heavy toll.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (18)
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The net effect, between embarrassed guffaws, is incredulity: a movie at once post-TV and pre-DW Griffith.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (8)
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Although I liked the special effects in the first movie, they were probably not the point; fans of the TV series wanted to see their favorite characters again, and Trek II understood that desire and acted on it.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Here comes a sequel that's worth its salt. The second Star Trek movie is swift, droll and adventurous, not to mention appealingly gadget-happy. It's everything the first one should have been and wasn't.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It was Star Trek II that put the franchise on the right track as the spirit of Gene Roddenberry's 60s television series was harnessed to spectacular effect.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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This is hands-down the best Trek flick made so far.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Leonard Nimoy has rarely been so moving.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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The merely curious are warned. If Star Trek: The Motion Picture showed little of the Enterprise of the culty TV series, this sequel is at times a flat-out Khan-job.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

This isn't great "for a Star Trek movie", it's one of the best sci-fi adventure films of the post-Star Wars era.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Meyer does a superb job of bringing Montalban's sinister yet charming character back into the fold...

August 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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"To boldly go" never went quite so boldly as it did here.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

Thrilling, philosophical installment of popular space saga.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If this is the supposed high point for the Star Trek movie series, it's still a low point for sci-fi.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comments (25)


July 5, 2008 | Comment (1)

It's not Shakespeare, but it's certainly fun.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

This is one of the most popular in the series, thanks to a high action quotient (including a tensely staged space battle), a suitably campy turn by Montalban, and the shock value of Spock's 'death.'

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Keep on Trekkin' ... The Star Trek TV series boldly went where none of its movie versions have gone before or since in Meyer's exceedingly space-worthy sequel.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Many fans consider this the best of the series, and I like it very much.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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There's got to be some moral in the fact that the Star Trek movie with the smallest budget (by far) and fewest resources is still the dominant favorite...

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

Awesome Star Trek flick!

October 20, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan

And this is coming from an adamant "definitely not a fan" of the original series.
June 8, 2013
Kevin Cookman

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This is the second movie in all of the "Star Trek" movies, and it's considered the best(I've only seen this and the first one). This is miles better than the first movie, and really showcases a great story, with great characters. A guy I work with recommended I watch an old episode called "Space Seed" first. It's not mandatory, but it's a great thing to do, because it gives a great set up, and you get to see why Khan and Kirk hate each other. The effects are very dated, and the acting is just awesome. Awesome, because it's all overacted, which for a movie like this works well. When Kirk yells Khan, it's just awesome. I like the Abrams movies better, but this makes me want to continue with the old movies to see where it all goes. Good movie that's still good 30 years later.
May 17, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Without question, the best Star Trek film until the franchise was renewed by J.J. Abrams.
May 14, 2013

Super Reviewer

With a story this good, it's impossible to not call this one of the best Sci-fi tales out there. The characters get more development, which is exactly what I wanted, and the visuals are far superior now than they were in the previous film. The first half of this film is build-up to a very interesting villain who has clearly shared a past with James T. Kirk. Khan is his name, and his game is to take the Genesis information, which secret is to gain new life on planets. "Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan" is exactly what a Star Trek film needs to be, and more. The series is just getting started and I am already hooked! Great direction, the cinematography captures everything just right, and the Score and Visuals really hold the film together once again. I have absolutely no complaints about this entry! I love it!
March 30, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Khan: Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space.
    – Submitted by Rick S (16 months ago)
    1. Mr. Spock: I have been, and always shall be, your friend.
    – Submitted by Karen M (19 months ago)
    1. Mr. Spock: The needs of the many outweight--
    2. James T. Kirk: The needs of the few...
    3. Mr. Spock: Or the one.
    – Submitted by Karen M (19 months ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: A no-win situation is a possibility any commander may face.
    – Submitted by Karen M (19 months ago)
    1. Khan: To the last I grapple with thee. From hell's heart I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee.
    – Submitted by Grant B (22 months ago)
    1. Khan: I've done far worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on... hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet... buried alive. Buried alive.
    2. James T. Kirk: KHHHHAAAAAAAAN!
    – Submitted by David F (23 months ago)
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