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Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 247
Fresh: 215 | Rotten: 32

Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor.

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 9

Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it's not as fresh as its predecessor.

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In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are

Sep 10, 2013

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All Critics (247) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (215) | Rotten (32) | DVD (3)

Most of the logic has leached away from this movie, and with it half of the fun.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Happily, there's a good deal of fun if you like things crashing violently into each other and out of warp-drive at regular intervals.

May 18, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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For all its chasing and falling and fighting-and the movie supplies a great deal of each-Star Trek Into Darkness is at its best when the Enterprise crew are merely bickering and bantering among themselves: less space opera than soap opera.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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The conceptual sci-fi of the original series is nowhere to be found, though you might enjoy watching the skinny young actors approximate their counterparts from the 60s; Chris Pine is especially good as Captain Kirk.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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While the action is often electric, it's the relationships that matter. That, and a lippy regard for a cultural legacy.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The film is, for whatever else it might be, one of the funniest of the Star Trek entries.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Hearst Newspapers
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The 9/11-style attack on London at the film's beginning is followed by backstory upon cover story and bright rhetoric soars and false flags are planted. They darkly wave. Political opportunity is not wasted on ready opportunists.

May 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

Star Trek Into Darkness still manages to be an even more enjoyable film than its precursor.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

In terms of sheer spectacle, there's no denying that it delivers. For all the build-up, hype, and hope leading up to the film, it's just a shame there isn't a whole lot more.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

The effects are exhilarating, even in these jaded post-3D days, and there are enough action set-pieces, humour and character development to distract from a plot that isn't exactly sci-fi's final frontier.

December 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness is a bigger and much louder sequel, which sacrifices brains and character building for expensive spectacle.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Cumberbatch, with his otherworldly aura of menace and basso profundo rumble of voice, makes a worthy and memorable Big Bad in the annals of Trek lore.

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's generally a lot of fun, but it's exhausting, and the busyness only somewhat disguises the fact that the story doesn't entirely make sense.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Suggests someone painting by numbers with Herculian intensity, and the effect is hollow and dispassionate.

July 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Not as audacious or exciting as its predecessor but this sequel is still a fun summer ride.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

...a terminally perfunctory followup that just barely gets the job done...

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Far from going where no one has gone before, this Star Trek is only interested in retreating along its old tracks.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Either reinvent or stick to the source material, don't try to have your fun both ways. It doesn't work.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

... a summer film that dimly reminds viewers of what it used to be - and could be again - while still being little more than a rollercoaster ride.

June 15, 2013 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

There's really very little to complain about in this warp-speed sequel.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

so enjoyable that it becomes easy to forget that virtually everything in the film is a riff or spin on something we (including only casual Star Trek fans) have already seen

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Thrilling if not exactly groundbreaking fun...yet something is missing this time around.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Moment to moment, it's as entertaining, rousing and visually impressive as any recent science-fiction action epic, but the script is cratered with illogical motivations and plot holes large enough to swallow Classic Trek's Doomsday Machine.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Even old-school Trekkers will enjoy this voyage.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

J.J. Abrams' sequel is smart, fun, witty, essential sci-fi.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: MLive.com
MLive.com

It feels a little "been there, done that" but it still entertains.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Audience Reviews for Star Trek Into Darkness

This movie is a fun ride from start to finish. It doesn't have all the origin stuff like the first JJ Abrams Trek movie, so can get right into the action. It's Wrath of Khan re-imagined, with plenty of things twisted and flipped from the 1982 classic. Every crewmember is brought forward and given a role to service the story. I really enjoyed this thing, from the breathtaking opening mission the exploding volcanic planet to the Starfleet-smashing finale.
January 4, 2014
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It only gets better. ;-)
October 5, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Not quite as good as the first movie, but still very enjoyable. Plenty of action. Plenty of humor. Nicely done all around film. JJ Abrams is definitely on a roll!..
October 4, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

An energetic, well-scripted sequel concerning the crew of The Final Frontier, led by Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), and how a new villain named Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) emerges after a deadly terrorist attack in London. This movie does not really miss a beat, possessing the same energy, action, and sense of humor the first film did, as well as an ability to throw in real doubt concerning the safety of some main characters lives. While it still does not hold the same epic qualities and darkness that the great 'Star Wars' films do, this is still a solid entry into what looks like could be a very promising series for J.J. Abams (who ironically is now heading the 'Star Wars' franchise as well). The acting is fantastic, notably Zachary Quinto as Spock and Cumberbatch, and the action set pieces are pretty thrilling.
September 18, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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