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Star Trek III - The Search for Spock Reviews

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 7, 2016
"Star Trek III" has a genuine spirituality, and, at its end, you may be surprised, especially if you're not really a Trekkie, to realize how moved you've been.
Rob Vaux
June 2, 2014
Not many Trekkies would list The Search for Spock as their first viewing choice, but it rarely lets you down.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 22, 2013
Almost certainly the best of the "bad" Star Trek films... and for the first 30 or 40 minutes, it's not really even bad, to speak of.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Stirring but sad science-fiction enterprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 3, 2009
These are classic directorial occasions, and Nimoy rises to them with fervor, in effect beaming his film up onto a higher pictorial plane than either of its predecessors.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
An emotionally satisfying science fiction adventure.
Josh Larsen
March 25, 2009
...a somber, mournful installment of the Star Trek franchise. And when the defining trait of your series is dullness, this isn't exactly the best strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 5, 2008
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| Original Score: 3.5/5

May 19, 2008
Not bad, but the series would boldly go to better places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
June 4, 2007
It's reasonably entertaining fare for non-fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 4, 2007
This 1984 film's few and unimpressive special effects evidently qualify it as science fiction, but the genre it really belongs to is the male weepie: there hasn't been a gooier buddy romance on the screen since Joe Buck took Ratso Rizzo to Miami.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
One of the best of the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Bourne
April 8, 2006
It has the physique and will of a bold adventurer, but it's afflicted with acute brain-stem damage. Mixed in among some of Trekdom's best moments are some of the canon's sloppiest choices...
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 11, 2006
May be the unappreciated middle child of the Trek franchise, but it's still one of better and more indispensable episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Decent SFX, but a little more action wouldn't have gone amiss.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This is a good but not great Star Trek movie, a sort of compromise between the first two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
Contrived but involving.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 23, 2003
Offers a thiought-provoking treatment of the mind-body problem.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The humanity of the Star Trek series, unexpected as it is in a sci-fi setting, remains the series' best feature.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
March 6, 2003
If Wrath of Khan is the 'action' entry and Voyage Home is the 'comedy' installment, then Search for Spock is the 'drama' - and it's a damn good entry overall.
| Original Score: 81/100
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