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Star Trek V - The Final Frontier (1989)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 34

Filled with dull action sequences and an underdeveloped storyline, this fifth Trek movie is probably the worst of the series.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

Filled with dull action sequences and an underdeveloped storyline, this fifth Trek movie is probably the worst of the series.



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Movie Info

Kirk (William Shatner), McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are enjoying a vacation in Yosemite National Park when duty calls. Vulcan cult leader Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill) and his followers have invaded a "planet of peace," where delegates from hostile races coexist in a sort of intergalactic United Nations. Ordered to quell the crisis, the Enterprise crew discovers that it's a ruse perpetrated by Sybok, who takes over the ship, piloting it toward the "Great Barrier," an energy

Apr 20, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (34) | DVD (27)

William Shatner's inauspicious feature directing debut is a double letdown.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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[The] special effects, despite the hefty budget, look strictly bargain basement.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The plot, about a quest for the Ultimate Answer, resembles something Douglas Adams would have thrown in the bin.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Captain Kirk and his crew go where too many film makers have too often gone before.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Bloated, bombastic and maddeningly pretentious.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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The whole point of the movie has something to do with the search for God and Eden, but the theme is presented in the most mundane fashion imaginable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The absolute nadir of the series, a movie so bad in so many ways that the second-worst has to squint and use binoculars to see that far down.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Worst in series; some tricky religious content.

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

Easily the weakest of the original cast Star Trek films.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Final Frontier is a warmly crafted picture only lacking a sophisticated technical and dramatic finesse the earlier features held in abundance. The film is never aggressively odious, just undernourished.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source:

Did it really take William Shatner in the director's chair to finally give us a decent Star Trek movie?

April 5, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comments (9)


July 5, 2008

Although the film's ontological approach may be intriguing, this rather dull entry fails to generate the kind of thoughtful, exciting adventure that made the Gene Roddenberry TV series so compelling.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The worst Star Trek movie.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Proceed with caution.

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

...delivers all the pleasure of a plucked pubic hair.

April 8, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Shatner can be funny, but he stinks as a director.

February 4, 2005
7M Pictures

Disappointing production, but always good to visit the old crew.

January 3, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Isn't horrible, but I'd only recommend to a diehard.

December 25, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

The only thing worse than letting William Shatner act in a movie is letting William Shatner direct one.

December 19, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

It will likely maintain its long-cemented reputation as the worst film in the series.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comment (1)
Q Network Film Desk

absolutely terrible... a vanity project for William Shatner

October 11, 2003 Full Review Source:

A science fiction thriller with the moral message that we should look for God within the human heart and appreciate the moral dimensions of friendship

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for Star Trek V - The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier is a decent film, one that leaves a lot to be desired for Trek fans, and here I felt that the film's script was just stitched together too quickly in order to create a follow up to The Voyage Home. Now this isn't an awful film, but it could have been improved upon. I find this entry to be not that bad, but it definitely could have been reworked to make the film standout a bit more. Compared to the previous outings in the series, The Final Frontier will surely divide fans. One reason is for the fact that the story is not that interesting, and the performances are a bit flat. The story itself is sketchy and quite frankly ridiculous, and it makes you question what they were thinking when they green lit the project. There were effective ideas here, but they never really take off, and the film's potential is squandered on a poorly written script, and the end result is one of the weakest films in the franchise. Like I said, I thought it was decent, but it also lacked the sense of wonder, excitement, and adventure than the other films possessed. Fans of the series will surely be disappointed in this fifth film, and you'll want more out of the film by the time the credits roll. If the film's plot would have been improved upon, and the cast would have put a bit more effort into their performances, then The Final Frontier would have been a much better outing than what it turned out to be. I expected much more out of this film, and it's a shame that on-screen result is a decent affair that makes you expect more. The film's flaws are simply due to the fact that the filmmakers simply didn't care about how the film turned out, and they really should have put much more effort into crafting a better story.
May 5, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

The crew of the Enterprise are sent to rescue three diplomats from the neutral zone, but their captor's true motive is to steal the ship to aid his quest to find God. The Final Frontier is widely regarded as the worst example, but Star Trek films are very much like the series; the ones you thought were brilliant at the time date really, REALLY quickly, yet the awful ones just seem to become more and more endearing! The laughable script, naive direction and iffy effects also echo the TV show, but somehow the likable cast, knockabout charm and sense of humour win through. William Shatner is clearly not an experienced director, but the pacing is fine and the enduring friendship between the central characters that forms the core of the film shines through. It does suffer for the fact that the actors are clearly refusing to grow old gracefully, the action scenes being more than a little embarrassing and watching a middle aged, portly Nichelle Nichols doing a fan dance still results in carrot chunks reappearing in my mouth. But just like Shatner himself, its sense of humour and fact that it doesn't take itself remotely seriously make for a lot of kitsch entertainment value and a few genuinely laugh out loud moments. Anyone who still laughs at "Double dumb ass on you!" cannot fail to like this too!
March 6, 2014
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Was this story really just leading up to reveal that Spock has a brother? I wasted almost 2 hours on that? Really? With no compelling story, a film that takes place in no specific location, and acting that just seems like they don't care anymore, this series has hit a major roadblock, and I'm not sure if they can dig themselves out of a hole this deep. Nothing remotely interesting happens, beside the conversations between the characters, which is always interesting, but not much else to commend here. "Star Trek V - The Final Frontier" is easily the worst in the series. I was bored, the effects need to start improving by now, the dialogue felt rushed, and the audience nods felt ham handed. There were a few solid scenes, but the film fails overall.
March 31, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I remember when this was released many people thought it was the old crews final film due to the title. Then once people had seen it most thought that maybe it would be best if it was their final film.

This fifth adventure starts off on a good note with some nice sequences. A short intro with the main antagonist on the sandy world of Nimbus III which looks good (sandy desert like worlds always seem to look good in sci-fi films) and then a few good humoured sequences with 'Kirk' 'Spock' and 'Bones' enjoying their leave in Yosemite. Add to that a brief intro back onto the [i]Enterprise[/i] where everything is in the process of being fixed and not working too well which gives 'Scotty' his usual opportunity to huff n puff, this also makes you smile.

After this pleasant start which all point towards the beginning of a good fun film things take a bit of a nosedive. Basically there is no real plot here and little explanation for anything. Renegade Vulcan 'Sybok' isn't really explained a tall unless you count 'Spock's' brief flashback where we are given more big news that he and 'Spock' are half brothers. We have no reason for his 'religious' crusade, where he came from or how he ended up on Nimbus III. There is also no explanation for Nimbus III, its inhabitants, its name (the planet of galactic peace?), why there are earth horses on it and why exactly everyone is on 'Sybok's' side.

Of course the main issue here is the fact they all run off looking for God in the centre of the galaxy. Personally I really can't think of a more risky idea than this! apart from possibly alienating a huge amount of the audience who will have their own religious views and beliefs that are sure to conflict. The flip side is you know straight away they won't actually find God as how could a sci-fi film proclaim what God would look, sound or behave like. How could the film makers preach or force their own beliefs and ideals of God on a world where there is such religious diversity.

So obviously you know the plots outcome and thus the film becomes pointless. On top of that the obvious alien creature/power, that isn't God, which they do come across is not explained. No idea what it may have been or what it wanted or how it lead them to believe it was the one true God etc...

Another issue that bewilders me with the Trek film franchise is how or why the special effects seem to have gotten worse as the sequels progressed. The first film really did have a slightly epic feel to it with some sweeping model work but this fifth entry really does look dire. As usual we get some dodgy looking bluescreen and shaky sets which I have come to accept (sign of the times) but the model shots look so poor in this.
The actual models are sound and are clearly well made but it just looks as though the act of putting them on film has been cheap and quick. From what I've read it does appear things were done as cheaply as possible and without the best folk available. To be honest you expect more from a huge franchise and its fifth sequel.

So a very silly choice of plot which could of completely back fired (amazed it didn't), plus it has too many similarities to the first Trek film with the 'V'Ger' story, dull pacing, poor effects and the rather creepy and definitely un-sexy fan dance by the aged 'Uhura' was a bit eww.

Not much really happens in this film after the events on Nimbus III in my humble opinion. Its a very mediocre outing throughout with a very predictable anti climactic finale which almost killed off anymore adventures for the original cast for good.
July 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: God I liked him better before he died!
    – Submitted by Scott C (19 months ago)
    1. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Jim, you don't ask the Almighty for his I.D.
    – Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: Prepare for emergency landing plan.. B.
    2. Pavel Chekov: What's "Emergency Landing Plan B"?
    3. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: I haven't got a clue...
    4. James T. Kirk: B, as in barricade!
    5. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott: He can't be serious...
    – Submitted by Blair S (2 years ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: All I ask for is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by...
    2. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Melville.
    3. Mr. Spock: John Masefield.
    4. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Are you sure about that?
    5. Mr. Spock: I am well versed in the classics, doctor.
    6. Leonard "Bones" McCoy: Then how come you don't know 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat'?
    – Submitted by Blair S (2 years ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: Um, excuse me... What does God need with a starship?
    – Submitted by Blair S (2 years ago)
    1. James T. Kirk: Damn it Bones you're a doctor!
    – Submitted by sean b (2 years ago)
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