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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Reviews

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
December 6, 2015
Not so much a movie as it is a sort of giant display case ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 20, 2013
Merely a weak, inapt Star Trek movie, not a completely awful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
The Enterprise's first feature, with smarts outdoing guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 30, 2010
Star Trek's freshman big screen effort was crippled by a plodding pace and a somber tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 15, 2009
More of an event than a movie...more flash than content.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 3, 2009
Nothing but a long day's journey into ennui.
Josh Larsen
March 22, 2009
If the endless interstellar vistas of 2001: A Space Odyssey tested your patience, Star Trek: The Motion Picture will make you cry like a little star child.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 5, 2008
a little too boring
| Original Score: 3/5
May 19, 2008
As an exploration of the loneliness of a unique machine consciousness, great! As an exciting SF experience, maybe not.
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Variety Staff
May 19, 2008
The expensive effects (under supervision of Douglas Trumbull) are the secret of this film, and the amazing wizardry throughout would appear to justify the whopping budget.

TV Guide
May 19, 2008
Director Robert Wise has no feeling for Trek's pop insouciance, and the movie unfolds ponderously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 19, 2008
This 1979 movie adaptation of the cult TV series is blandness raised to an epic scale.
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Time Out
August 16, 2007
For non-addicts, the smart plot and effects go some way towards compensating for the plastic characters and costumes.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The long, majestic scene in which Scotty (James Doohan) takes Kirk in a shuttle toward the refurbished Enterprise is still breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
A disappointing segement of the series
| Original Score: C
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
[It's] like attending your high-school class's 10th reunion at Caesar's Palace. Most of the faces are familiar, but the décor has little relationship to anything you've ever seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 28, 2004
Often unfairly maligned because it's slow and contemplative, but has some real ideas behind it.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Ponderously long, yes; but it was and still is a true movie event.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 29, 2004
Star Trek-The Motion Picture is a smart sc-fi thriller whose fascinating characters and thought-provoking plot are emphasized more than special effects.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
May 7, 2003
You've heard the about the curse of the odd-numbered Star Trek films. It REALLY applies to this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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