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Star Trek: First Contact Reviews

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 1, 2016
Not just the best of the Next Generation movies, but one of the best of the entire franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 29, 2015
Star Trek has been playing it safe for years now, and the success of a film as uncritically mainstream as First Contact suggests that Star Trek has, in its own way, already been assimilated.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 31, 2013
If the film itself is a little bit generic, more of a popcorn sci-fi action film than a faithful adaptation of the characters from the series, that's probably all to the good.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
In zooming out from Picard's glinty eyeball, this eighth feature film from the Trek factory displays a zippy new energy and a sleek, confident style fully independent of its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 9, 2010
The problem with most of the Next Generation Star Trek movies is that they feel like extended episodes of the television show. First Contact is the one time that it really feels like they made a Movie, with a capital M.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 26, 2009
...a huge step beyond Generations.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Steve Biodrowski
May 15, 2009
It does a good job of serving up elements that will please the fans of the show, but it does not quite stand on its own as a memorable motion picture event.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 3, 2009
First Contact is no grab bag of camp gewgaws; it stands proud and apart, accessible even to the Trek-deficient. This old Star, it seems, has a lot of life in it.
Josh Larsen
April 16, 2009
Star Trek finally gets imaginative, exciting and - dare I say it? - kinky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2008
Action-packed yet intelligent, this takes the very best of the TV show and gives it epic grandeur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
The elegance of the story is enhanced by the sure direction of Jonathan Frakes, who also plays Commander William Riker.

TV Guide
June 5, 2007
The historic first Trek movie entirely divorced from the original cast is no blot on the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Leydon
June 5, 2007
A smashingly exciting sci-fi adventure that ranks among the very best in the long-running Paramount franchise.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This makes little concession to non-initiates.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Among the two or three best of the Star Trek films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Bourne
April 5, 2006
It robustly apes James Cameron's Aliens, even down to the head villain, played with kinky boo-hiss relish by Alice Krige, who appears to be channeling equal parts Cameron's Alien Queen and Marlene Dietrich.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
This film is going to have lots of return viewers and will be one of the more successful of the franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 18, 2005
The best of the Next Generation entries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
March 5, 2005
Compared to episodes before and those that followed, this eighth installment of the unkillable series is surprisingly watchable.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The series now lacks all of its original stars and much of its earlier determination. It has morphed into something less innocent and more derivative than it used to be, something the noncultist is ever less likely to enjoy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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