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Star Trek: First Contact Reviews

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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+
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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.
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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.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
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.
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lloyd Rose
Washington Post
July 31, 2002
The excitement comes from Frakes's direction.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
A nicely constructed science-fiction film, with a simple premise, a charismatic villain and a good back-story to enhance the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Blessed with clever plot devices and a villainous horde that makes the once-dread Klingons seem like a race of Barneys, First Contact does everything you'd want a Star Trek film to do, and it does it with cheerfulness and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
The first stretch and the home stretch are so filled with visual interest and, more importantly, with the patented Star Trek philosophical and humorous tidbits that fans will gladly suffer the dull Borg patch for the pleasure of the rest.
| Original Score: 3/4
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
While First Contact espouses the usual lofty Trek ideals, it never forgets to factor in the fun. As the Borg likes to say, resistance is futile -- and also unnecessary.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Star Trek: First Contact is one of the best of the eight Star Trek films: Certainly the best in its technical credits, and among the best in the ingenuity of its plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Following in the wake of a trio of disappointing features, First Contact proves to be the most entertaining Star Trek in more than a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A thoroughly enjoyable visit with the crew of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation.