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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Reviews

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May 9, 2017
There are only so many ways to photograph black starry space and the under-bellies of spaceships, and the films that got there first used them all up.
September 7, 2016
What you see is what you respond to, and what you see is a unique cultural phenomenon, and a film that for all its visual splendors falls well short of its aspirations.
December 6, 2015
Not so much a movie as it is a sort of giant display case ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 20, 2013
Merely a weak, inapt Star Trek movie, not a completely awful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 15, 2010
The Enterprise's first feature, with smarts outdoing guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
May 15, 2009
More of an event than a movie...more flash than content.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 3, 2009
Nothing but a long day's journey into ennui.
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.
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.
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
May 19, 2008
This 1979 movie adaptation of the cult TV series is blandness raised to an epic scale.
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August 16, 2007
For non-addicts, the smart plot and effects go some way towards compensating for the plastic characters and costumes.
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
July 23, 2005
A disappointing segement of the series
Read More | Original Score: C
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
October 28, 2004
Often unfairly maligned because it's slow and contemplative, but has some real ideas behind it.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 15, 2004
Ponderously long, yes; but it was and still is a true movie event.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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