Critics Consensus: Star Trek Into Darkness is Certified Fresh

Plus, Frances Ha is energetic and funny.

This week at movies, we've got just one wide release: J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Mister Spock, respectively. What do the critics have to say?

Star Trek Into Darkness

87%

As the 2009 Star Trek reboot demonstrated, this is not your father's Enterprise -- director J.J. Abrams has largely ditched the allegorical deepthink of the TV series for more visceral sci-fi thrills. And critics say that strategy pays off again with Star Trek Into Darkness, a sequel that delivers in excitement and spectacle what it lacks in depth. This time out, it's up to the crew of the Enterprise to hunt down a mysterious adversary who has perpetrated an act of intergalactic terrorism -- and who has ambitions to destroy the Starfleet. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Star Trek Into Darkness isn't quite as thrilling as its predecessor, but it's still an action-packed popcorn flick with witty dialogue and enough references to Trek lore to (mostly) placate diehards. (Check out this week's Total Recall for a rundown of all the Star Trek movies, as well as a gallery of the stars of Into Darkness.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

  • The Fruit Hunters, a documentary about people who travel the globe in search of rare and delicious fruits, is at 100 percent.
  • Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig in a dramedy about an aspiring dancer in the midst of various personal tribulations, is at 90 percent.
  • Augustine, a period drama about a kitchen maid suffering from seizures who attracts the interest of an influential neurologist, is at 86 percent.
  • Becoming Traviata, a doc about an adventurous staging of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, is at 75 percent.
  • The South Korean import Pieta, a drama about a loan shark who's visited by a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother, is at 71 percent.
  • Black Rock, starring Kate Bosworth and Lake Bell in a thriller about a trio of friends on a camping trip who are pursued by vicious killers, is at 38 percent (check out our interview with the cast here).
  • The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear in a drama about a reserved teacher who helps a gifted student to become a playwright, is at 30 percent.
  • 33 Postcards, starring Guy Pearce in a drama about a Chinese orphan who develops a friendship with her Australian sponsor and is pulled into his criminal schemes, is at 25 percent.
  • Erased, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko in a thriller about an ex-CIA agent caught up in an international conspiracy, is at 21 percent.

Comments

Gary Makin

Gary Makin

Congratulations to JJ Abrams and company for making two good Star Trek movies in a row.

May 16 - 05:09 PM

Facebook User

Facebook User

(y) congratz, i like it too :)

May 16 - 07:52 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Two good Star wars movies you mean? AH ha ha ha ha! AH HA HA HA!

May 17 - 08:16 PM

Scott Kramer

Scott Kramer

Nah, if it were Star Wars you would've had puppets, an ememy that gets their ass kicked by cuddle teddy bears and a brother and sister make out scene... Weird huh?

May 17 - 09:29 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Ewoks, Tribbles...Fanboys are so funny.

May 17 - 11:57 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Thank you Janson.

May 18 - 07:49 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

I doubt that anyone was really expecting this to be bad.

May 16 - 06:09 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Not bad, but I didn't think it would be on par with the first. Haven't seen it so can't give personal opinion but critics apparently think it's just as good.

May 17 - 01:42 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Update: I did see it. Wasn't quite as good as the first but still an entertaining piece of work.

May 17 - 09:04 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Saw it too. It was satisfyingly entertaining. Lived up to my expectations unlike Iron Man 3.

May 18 - 07:05 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I've never seen any of the STAR TREK movies (nor TV series), so of course I won't start with this one. I'm one of the few who didn't like TAKEN (nor the sequel, of course), so why would I like ERASED which looks like a rip-off? I'll give FRANCES HA a chance, but me liking it will depend on how similar it is to which Noah Baumbach film (I liked SQUID & WHALE and GREENBERG on different levels, and I didn't really like MARGOT).

May 16 - 06:23 PM

James Heywood

James Heywood

"I've never seen any of the STAR TREK movies (nor TV series), so of course I won't start with this one." - so... what, don't want to see something you've never seen? That's a bit odd.

May 16 - 10:43 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

You can see Star Trek into darkness without seeing the other movies.

May 17 - 12:46 AM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

True. There's no real need to see the first movie, but it's definitely a good idea.

May 17 - 02:27 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I'm sure I'll understand the majority, but I really don't like to start franchises with sequels. But reboots are another thing, so I might start with the '09 movie.

May 17 - 06:26 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It's probably better that you have not seen any of the other Star Treks to really enjoy Into Darkness.

May 17 - 08:17 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Completely disagree, a passing familiarity with at least Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock made this much more enjoyable for me.

May 19 - 06:16 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

As a fan of WOK, it was actually a bit of a slap in the face for me. The "homage" was worse than I imagined.

May 19 - 06:47 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I feel the same as Janson. I felt embarrassed and annoyed. Like when our embarrassed for the high school kids acting out Romeo and Juliette so they can get a kiss and cop a feel knowing and seeing they have absolutely no idea what the play is actually about.

May 19 - 07:52 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Spoilers!!! For what it's worth, I'm not a Trekkie just more of a passing familiarity. I enjoyed the old films, but don't find them sacred. I can see how people who are invested in WOK could find the inverse tribute cheesy. My big question that bothered me more than anything is why they didn't stock up on Khan blood before sending him back to space? Who gives up a cure for death and disease.

May 19 - 10:30 PM

Maurice Fazekas

Maurice Fazekas

if you have never seen 1 star trek, why are you even commenting here..trolling just to be heard?

May 17 - 01:00 PM

Maurice Fazekas

Maurice Fazekas

and as for the other crap you were spouting off about..who cares and what has that got to do with start trek?

May 17 - 01:05 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Nine other films were released this week, Gene Roddennazi.

May 17 - 01:56 PM

Contactsport1

M Cryderman

Then get your pal up above and go comment on one of their threds. It really isn't complicated.

May 17 - 02:00 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

But reading is, apparently. This isn't a Star Trek thread, it's a thread for all of the films released this week, of which Star Trek is the biggest. The film Vince is talking about is very uncomplicatingly referenced in this article's sub-headline. These bully demands to shout down non-Trekkies is very unprosperous of you. Kirk should slap your green ass.

May 17 - 03:24 PM

Contactsport1

M Cryderman

Right. Simply mentioning the other films that release this weekend, clearly makes this article about them. tool.

May 17 - 04:26 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Would you like a tissue? How, in any way, is your enjoyment of a new Star Trek hampered by Vicente's preference for another film (with a higher RT score)? When you figure that out, then I'll point to the archives where you'll see that every week's Critic Consensus articles are about films released that week, not any single film itself.

May 17 - 05:25 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Have you seen Die Hard yet? And now no Trek? Fo shame.

May 17 - 03:50 PM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I'm always looking for DIE HARD on TV, but they always show it dubbed (I'm from Chile). Since most movies here are subtitled, I can wait.

May 17 - 06:27 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Doesn't matter. My movie will top box office. I say a 10% increase.
1. Gatsby
2. Star Trekkkkkkk
3. Irun Maan 3

May 16 - 06:25 PM

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

You got it in reverse (Except Gatsby, which'll be out to the bottom in quicktime)!!!

May 16 - 07:25 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

Star trek will be number one...

May 17 - 12:46 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

No, Gatsby

May 17 - 12:19 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Gatsby might make 10 mil this week, but only cuz Trek was sold out and they felt they needed to watch something.

May 17 - 09:06 PM

BCENS

B Cens

Long time, no see. Is this your 5th or 6th incarnation? I've lost count.

May 18 - 06:04 PM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

Bring me his head

May 19 - 11:50 AM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

Star Trek (2009) was more thrilling? sure it was an amazing movie and one of my favorites but thrilling? in no way was i on the edge of my seat thinking Eric bana's character was going to do something crazy. Now Into Darkness looks wayyy more thrilling and epic especially with a more detailed villain sans the weird time travel and confusing agenda.

and as for J.J. his fresh streak continues along with Nolan and Tarentino.

May 16 - 07:06 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

He blew up Vulcan, how much crazier do you need?

May 16 - 08:03 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Seriously, this guy obviously has no idea how much that threw fans for a loop.

May 16 - 09:31 PM

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson

That was the point at which my brain broke

May 17 - 12:22 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

genocide doesn't really get me going. you know?

May 16 - 09:45 PM

Al Pi

Al Pi

Spoiler much?

May 17 - 10:03 AM

Maurice Fazekas

Maurice Fazekas

really..thanks for the spoiler alert jerk.

May 17 - 01:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The film is four years old.

May 17 - 01:58 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Sorry Maurice, guess I shouldn't tell you about Rosebud, The ending to Titanic and that Vader is Luke's father. Seriously, it's not like it's a new release.

May 19 - 06:17 PM

Ryan Nolan

Ryan Nolan

Into Darkness was really quite great. It didn't have as much to think about as the first one but it was definitely more thrilling and exciting imo.

May 16 - 10:48 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I found it absolutely fantastic...until the third act. The Third act sadly annoyed the hell out of me. Then again i'm the third act was amazing for anybody who hadn't seen any other Star Trek movie. Just wow, I don't know why but the third act felt like a middle finger to me.

May 17 - 08:20 PM

Ryan Nolan

Ryan Nolan

I think maybe you felt that way about the third act because it took what was a huge scope and really narrowed it down to the Enterprise crew vs the Admiral's crew....pretty small scale stuff. I still really liked the final act but I can see where the change could throw some off a bit.

May 18 - 07:34 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Yeah it's a perplexing thing. I feel like I hate but if either of my kids said "Can we see that again?" I'd say "Hell Yes!"

*Spoiler Warning Below*

Wrath of Kahn was up there in films me and my Dad watched. I'm thinking my irritation of the Third act might have something to do with that.

May 18 - 07:51 PM

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

You got it in reverse (Except Gatsby, which'll be out to the bottom in quicktime)!!!

May 16 - 07:25 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

Star trek will be number one...

May 17 - 12:46 AM

Killer Jay

Jay Catler

No, Gatsby

May 17 - 12:19 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Gatsby might make 10 mil this week, but only cuz Trek was sold out and they felt they needed to watch something.

May 17 - 09:06 PM

Facebook User

Facebook User

(y) congratz, i like it too :)

May 16 - 07:52 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Two good Star wars movies you mean? AH ha ha ha ha! AH HA HA HA!

May 17 - 08:16 PM

Scott Kramer

Scott Kramer

Nah, if it were Star Wars you would've had puppets, an ememy that gets their ass kicked by cuddle teddy bears and a brother and sister make out scene... Weird huh?

May 17 - 09:29 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Ewoks, Tribbles...Fanboys are so funny.

May 17 - 11:57 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Thank you Janson.

May 18 - 07:49 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

He blew up Vulcan, how much crazier do you need?

May 16 - 08:03 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Seriously, this guy obviously has no idea how much that threw fans for a loop.

May 16 - 09:31 PM

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson

That was the point at which my brain broke

May 17 - 12:22 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

genocide doesn't really get me going. you know?

May 16 - 09:45 PM

Al Pi

Al Pi

Spoiler much?

May 17 - 10:03 AM

Maurice Fazekas

Maurice Fazekas

really..thanks for the spoiler alert jerk.

May 17 - 01:15 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The film is four years old.

May 17 - 01:58 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Sorry Maurice, guess I shouldn't tell you about Rosebud, The ending to Titanic and that Vader is Luke's father. Seriously, it's not like it's a new release.

May 19 - 06:17 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

When will Hollywood see the necessity for a Swine Trek movie? PIIIIIIGGGGGSSSS IIIIIINNNNNNN SPPPPPPAAAAAACCCEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

May 16 - 08:05 PM

Isaac T.

Isaac Tetreault

Yessssss!!!!!!!!!!

May 17 - 02:03 PM

Jon Cox

Jon Cox

really hoping 'Star Trek Into Darkness' is going to be my #1 film of the year
(fingers crossed)

May 16 - 09:13 PM

Jae C.

Jae Call

I had the same thought... I don't think you will be disappointed.

May 17 - 04:34 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

It is the best I've seen so far... but I'm holding out for Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, or Desolation of Smaug to top it.

May 17 - 09:09 PM

Branden M.

Branden Mata

Great movie, on par with the original imho. Some parts greater than the first and sime pars worst. For example, Cumberbatch was better than Bana. I mean Cumberbatch was actually brilliant.

Cumberbatch as Brainiac for Justice League please?

May 16 - 09:24 PM

Nuschler

Helen O Kekai

Cumberbatch as Braniac..YES!!! Simply the best Sherlock Holmes ever...but Jonny Lee Hooker is a VERY close second.

May 17 - 10:55 AM

Bazooka Jew

Bazooka Jew

Nope. Best Holmes is Jeremy Brett. But he's a good one too.

May 17 - 04:03 PM

Jae C.

Jae Call

Yep, that'll work. Might I add, Cumberbatch as The Vision in Avengers 3 or 4!

May 17 - 04:35 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Seriously, this guy obviously has no idea how much that threw fans for a loop.

May 16 - 09:31 PM

Ken Wolfson

Ken Wolfson

That was the point at which my brain broke

May 17 - 12:22 PM

shadypotential

Chris Cox

genocide doesn't really get me going. you know?

May 16 - 09:45 PM

Gary Makin

Gary Makin

If you go to the full reviews, it's obvious that some of the critics are just amateurs who've set up their own obscure websites.

May 16 - 10:10 PM

Contactsport1

M Cryderman

Honestly, you think this is new? Special to Star Trek? Is this your first day on the internet?

May 17 - 02:02 PM

James Heywood

James Heywood

"I've never seen any of the STAR TREK movies (nor TV series), so of course I won't start with this one." - so... what, don't want to see something you've never seen? That's a bit odd.

May 16 - 10:43 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

You can see Star Trek into darkness without seeing the other movies.

May 17 - 12:46 AM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

True. There's no real need to see the first movie, but it's definitely a good idea.

May 17 - 02:27 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I'm sure I'll understand the majority, but I really don't like to start franchises with sequels. But reboots are another thing, so I might start with the '09 movie.

May 17 - 06:26 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It's probably better that you have not seen any of the other Star Treks to really enjoy Into Darkness.

May 17 - 08:17 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Completely disagree, a passing familiarity with at least Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock made this much more enjoyable for me.

May 19 - 06:16 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

As a fan of WOK, it was actually a bit of a slap in the face for me. The "homage" was worse than I imagined.

May 19 - 06:47 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I feel the same as Janson. I felt embarrassed and annoyed. Like when our embarrassed for the high school kids acting out Romeo and Juliette so they can get a kiss and cop a feel knowing and seeing they have absolutely no idea what the play is actually about.

May 19 - 07:52 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Spoilers!!! For what it's worth, I'm not a Trekkie just more of a passing familiarity. I enjoyed the old films, but don't find them sacred. I can see how people who are invested in WOK could find the inverse tribute cheesy. My big question that bothered me more than anything is why they didn't stock up on Khan blood before sending him back to space? Who gives up a cure for death and disease.

May 19 - 10:30 PM

Ryan Nolan

Ryan Nolan

Into Darkness was really quite great. It didn't have as much to think about as the first one but it was definitely more thrilling and exciting imo.

May 16 - 10:48 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I found it absolutely fantastic...until the third act. The Third act sadly annoyed the hell out of me. Then again i'm the third act was amazing for anybody who hadn't seen any other Star Trek movie. Just wow, I don't know why but the third act felt like a middle finger to me.

May 17 - 08:20 PM

Ryan Nolan

Ryan Nolan

I think maybe you felt that way about the third act because it took what was a huge scope and really narrowed it down to the Enterprise crew vs the Admiral's crew....pretty small scale stuff. I still really liked the final act but I can see where the change could throw some off a bit.

May 18 - 07:34 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Yeah it's a perplexing thing. I feel like I hate but if either of my kids said "Can we see that again?" I'd say "Hell Yes!"

*Spoiler Warning Below*

Wrath of Kahn was up there in films me and my Dad watched. I'm thinking my irritation of the Third act might have something to do with that.

May 18 - 07:51 PM

King  S.

King Simba

Finally! It's taken four years but at last Star Trek: Into Darkness is here. I loved the first, so I'm really looking forward to Into Darkness.

May 17 - 12:16 AM

Tevi Supangat

Tevi Supangat

you will love this..

May 17 - 12:06 PM

Tevi Supangat

Tevi Supangat

you will love this..

May 17 - 12:06 PM

The Master of Movies

The Master of Movies

You can see Star Trek into darkness without seeing the other movies.

May 17 - 12:46 AM

Tallulah Robinson

Tallulah Robinson

True. There's no real need to see the first movie, but it's definitely a good idea.

May 17 - 02:27 AM

Vits

Vicente Torres

I'm sure I'll understand the majority, but I really don't like to start franchises with sequels. But reboots are another thing, so I might start with the '09 movie.

May 17 - 06:26 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It's probably better that you have not seen any of the other Star Treks to really enjoy Into Darkness.

May 17 - 08:17 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Completely disagree, a passing familiarity with at least Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock made this much more enjoyable for me.

May 19 - 06:16 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

As a fan of WOK, it was actually a bit of a slap in the face for me. The "homage" was worse than I imagined.

May 19 - 06:47 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I feel the same as Janson. I felt embarrassed and annoyed. Like when our embarrassed for the high school kids acting out Romeo and Juliette so they can get a kiss and cop a feel knowing and seeing they have absolutely no idea what the play is actually about.

May 19 - 07:52 PM

bigbrother

Bigbrother .

Spoilers!!! For what it's worth, I'm not a Trekkie just more of a passing familiarity. I enjoyed the old films, but don't find them sacred. I can see how people who are invested in WOK could find the inverse tribute cheesy. My big question that bothered me more than anything is why they didn't stock up on Khan blood before sending him back to space? Who gives up a cure for death and disease.

May 19 - 10:30 PM

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