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Star Trek III - The Search for Spock Reviews

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeremiah Kipp
October 28, 2002
Directed by Leonard Nimoy, this episode could best be described as functional, in that the situation is interesting enough for a routine episode of the TV show.
| Original Score: 2/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Familiarity breeds contempt since this is not really a notable entry in the Star Trek series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 13, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 10, 2002
Something of a let-down, a longwinded paean to the grandeur of Leonard Nimoy's famous Vulcan character, which shouldn't come as much surprise since Nimoy himself directed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
June 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
'Star Trek III' takes nearly forty minutes, much of which is filled with silly, mystical exposition about the current state of Spock's soul, before things start moving. The last twenty minutes are equally slow, but the stuff in between is quite enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 24, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
Nimoy's first turn at the director's helm makes for reliable viewing, though no one will ever mistake it for one of the best.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 7, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
One of the best of the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
An emotionally satisfying science fiction adventure.
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