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Star Trek III - The Search for Spock

Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 9

Though it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

Though it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.



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When last we left the crew of the star ship Enterprise, they were heading home following a skirmish with the despotic Khan. The unpleasant incident had cost the life of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)--or so it seemed. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) is informed by Spock's father Sarek (Mark Lenard) that his son is being kept alive in the thoughts of one of the crew members. It now becomes necessary to search for Spock's body, so that flesh and soul can be rejoined on Vulcan. It turns out that Spock's

Apr 18, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (9) | DVD (33)

These are classic directorial occasions, and Nimoy rises to them with fervor, in effect beaming his film up onto a higher pictorial plane than either of its predecessors.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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An emotionally satisfying science fiction adventure.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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This 1984 film's few and unimpressive special effects evidently qualify it as science fiction, but the genre it really belongs to is the male weepie: there hasn't been a gooier buddy romance on the screen since Joe Buck took Ratso Rizzo to Miami.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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Decent SFX, but a little more action wouldn't have gone amiss.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This is a good but not great Star Trek movie, a sort of compromise between the first two.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The humanity of the Star Trek series, unexpected as it is in a sci-fi setting, remains the series' best feature.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Not many Trekkies would list The Search for Spock as their first viewing choice, but it rarely lets you down.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source:

Almost certainly the best of the "bad" Star Trek films... and for the first 30 or 40 minutes, it's not really even bad, to speak of.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Stirring but sad science-fiction enterprise.

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

...a somber, mournful installment of the Star Trek franchise. And when the defining trait of your series is dullness, this isn't exactly the best strategy.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comments (2)

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July 5, 2008 | Comment (1)

Not bad, but the series would boldly go to better places.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

It's reasonably entertaining fare for non-fans.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the best of the series.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It has the physique and will of a bold adventurer, but it's afflicted with acute brain-stem damage. Mixed in among some of Trekdom's best moments are some of the canon's sloppiest choices...

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

May be the unappreciated middle child of the Trek franchise, but it's still one of better and more indispensable episodes.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Comment (1)
Decent Films Guide

Contrived but involving.

June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Offers a thiought-provoking treatment of the mind-body problem.

July 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If Wrath of Khan is the 'action' entry and Voyage Home is the 'comedy' installment, then Search for Spock is the 'drama' - and it's a damn good entry overall.

March 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (2)
Apollo Guide

Cheesy but cool, especially when Spock gets his space burial by being ejected into space in a giant sunglasses case.

February 13, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Star Trek III - The Search for Spock

Third film in the Star Trek series picks up where the Wrath of Kahn left off. The Search for Spock manages to be quit a good affair, and is an entertaining picture from start to finish. The cast of the first two films return and deliver some effective performances. I'll be honest here, for Science Fiction filmmaking, this franchise never really stood out for me, and I think that the Star Wars films are much better in terms of excitement, thrills and storytelling. After the very good follow up to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Wrath of Kahn, The series would go in new territory and improve upon each new release. I really enjoyed this third film, and thought it was an entertaining adventure film that is sure to thrill viewers that enjoyed the first two Star Trek films, especially Wrath of Kahn. The film has some good performances, a good story and very good direction as well. The film has an effective blend of action and adventure, and overall this is a well crafted third film in the series. Fans of Star Trek will enjoy this picture, as well as Science Fiction fans. This is a terrific film well worth seeing if you've enjoyed the first two. With each film, the filmmakers seemed to really improve on the formula, and that is very much the case here with The Search for Spock. I've never been big into Star Trek, but I'll admit, I quite enjoyed this one, and felt it built upon what the second one did so well. This is worthwhile entertainment, enough to appeal genre fans looking for a pleasant time waster to watch.
May 4, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I wish they'd found Spock earlier in the film. Maybe the movie would have been interesting.
June 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

Going back to the original roots of slow pacing and a basic story, "Star Trek III - The Search for Spock" is a little more layered that the first Star Trek film, but I enjoyed it just as much, meaning it needs work. All the idea of this film was kind of an excuse to throw in tons of backstory for new characters while the audience awaits the return of Spock. This film does a fine job of keeping me interested in what was going on, but it felt very very slow. It is the shortest of all the films, and in my opinion, it's the least exciting so far. This third instalment boasts great visuals, great acting, and a solid story, which is everything you could ask for from a Star Trek picture, but compared to the standards sent by it's predecessor, it fell flat on it's face a few times!
March 30, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Much like the second Star Trek film the immediate follow-up may cause nostalgic feelings among those fans who saw it when it originally came out, but from today's point of view it is not much to write home about. The story fits on a beer coaster, most of the characters remain underused and uninteresting and the final fight between Kirk and his enemy is a joke. Even the special effects look rather lousy compared to some pretty decent films from that era. Hardcore fans might wipe away a tear when Spock finally returns in the last act, everyone else is looking forward to the next films, that ended up much more entertaining.
December 28, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. "Mr. Adventure": Well -- what are we going to do about it?!
    2. Uhura: I am going to do nothing about it. You are going to sit in the closet.
    – Submitted by Christian S (2 years ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: My God Bones, what have I done?
    2. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: What you had to do. What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. Hikaru Sulu: The word sir?
    2. James T. Kirk: The word? Is no. I am therefore going anyway.
    – Submitted by Blair S (2 years ago)
    1. Capt. Styles Excelsior: Ah, Mister Scott... Calling it a night?
    2. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: Ah, yes, sir.
    3. Capt. Styles Excelsior: Turning it in myself, looking forward to breaking some of the Enterprise's speed records tomorrow.
    4. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: Ah, yes, sir... Good night.
    5. Elevator Voice: Level please.
    6. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: Transporter room...
    7. Elevator Voice: Thank you.
    8. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: Up your shaft...
    – Submitted by Blair S (2 years ago)
    1. Hikaru Sulu: Don't call me tiny.
    – Submitted by Kane S (2 years ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: You Klingon bastards, you've killed my son.
    – Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (3 years ago)
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