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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Reviews

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September 12, 2017
A misunderstood and unappreciated piece of authentic science fiction. The first feature film from this franchise has an interesting and thought-provoking story while showing off impressive special effects.
September 10, 2017
I think this is a great film debut of our favorite characters. Feels a whole lot like you're watching a very artistic and visually stunning episode of The Original Series. The dialogue and sweeping visuals are a real treat and Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack is beautiful and timeless.
½ August 27, 2017
Not a bad movie by any means but not that great, it sometimes feel like its trying to imitate 2001: A Space Odyssey instead of be a Star Trek film, and is a let down for both the franchise and for filmmaking legend Robert Wise.
August 3, 2017
The worst part about this movie is that the character's never actually do anything to advance the plot. All of their dialogue is reserved to petty squabbles and technobabble, and the film is too interested in its own special effects to even bother with letting them do much more than sit around and watch. Most of the movie is just shots of the Enterprise floating around in space and the crew looking on in awe, while we, the audience, would much rather be watching Star Wars.
½ July 30, 2017
It's pretty easy to see why Star Trek: The Motion Picture is one of the more divisive movies in the franchise. I mean, it has those familiar and beloved characters, it has a story that feels very reminiscent of the classic series, so what's not to love? Well, it has a pace roughly equivalent to the speed of a 200-year-old tortoise. It takes almost 15 minutes of dialogue-free shots just for Kirk to board the Enterprise in this film, and that's just the tip of the slow-moving iceberg. So honestly I can understand anyone who takes either side on this film, love or hate.

For me it hit a nice middle ground...I enjoyed it. The slow scenes, particularly at the beginning, almost seemed to be a way for director Robert Wise to slowly welcome audiences back to this franchise that had gone away for 10 years and to show off what he could do with a movie budget that could never happen on that show. The visuals are definitely something special in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The models are amazing and feel as good or better than any created through CGI in the later films. I was wowed by all the visuals and loved how the score added to it.

The story is fairly simple, but it works in a Star Trek setting. I was fascinated by the mystery of what Vger was doing and why it was doing these things. I kept trying to guess how they would resolve the story. The film even had a twist I didn't see coming, which is a big shock that I haven't had the ending spoiled for a 40-year-old franchise movie. It is a bit too long and slow, which makes it one I don't think I'll rewatch all that often. I also thought many of the characters didn?t have much to do in the movie. It's great to bring back that familiar cast (I even tolerated them awkwardly bringing Spock out of nowhere) but I wanted each person to have a purpose. Still it's a solid movie, and apparently I'm able to forgive some flaws when it's in a franchise I like.
July 25, 2017
The effects hold up, but the dialogue is cheese, and is so BORING. But it makes Wrath of Khan look even better than it is, so there's that.
July 2, 2017
Its visual effects are impressive for 1979, but its uninteresting plot and hardly no tension whatsoever make it feel like a 50 minute TV episode stretched to a 130 minute movie.
½ June 27, 2017
Star Trek the Motion Picture is an average film that... zzzzzzzzz
June 26, 2017
This movie is so BORING! It is boring and forgettable. They could have edited out a lot of this movie.

June 13, 2017
It's hard for me to give a Star Trek movie anything lower than 3 stars because I enjoy all of them. Because even the bad ones have some good and some really good, even if the story fails it. In this case the good is in the Jerry Goldsmith score and the beautiful Enterprise. The really good in the wonderful chemistry between Shatner, Nimoy and Kelly. But it fails because while it is gorgeous to look at, it's really slow and boring. They stretched a 44 minute episode story into a 2 hour and 12 minute movie. Plus, while Holy Trio Kirk, Spock and McCoy got a lot today, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu, and Checkov were severely underused. Time they should've gotten instead of the stupid love story between Decker and Iliya, two characters that have had no impact on the greater Star Trek universe.
½ May 18, 2017
After a 10 year gap it was better to see the old crew again. This at least started the return and better movies were to come.
½ March 26, 2017
Still amazing now (2017), grandiose, epic.
February 20, 2017
Story/Screenplay (30%) - 9/30
Cinematography (30%) - 24/30
Acting/Characters (15%) - 7/15
Production/Costume Design (10%) - 9/10
Effects (Visual/Sound) (8%) - 8/8
Music (7%) - 7/7

Final - 64/100
February 18, 2017
It's always painful to watch this movie. As a long-standing Star Trek fan I am obliged by law to watch all star trek material periodically :-) I hate watching this one - and primarily because of the soundtrack. It is obnoxious beyond belief. How this score ever was approved just boggles the imagination. It is bombastic and just plain rude, but mostly it is irritating as all get out. And secondly, the sequences are often too long. All in all, this movie just plain sucks - I can;t whitewash it.
December 29, 2016
a movie that only cared about its special effects not its story that equals to a bull crap movie
½ December 28, 2016
If it were faster paced, the new/side characters were better developed, and Kirk wasn't as incompetent, this would be a pretty solid beginning for the Star Trek film series, given that it has a very interesting plot.
Super Reviewer
December 23, 2016
The main problem with this first Star Trek film is that it is not original at all and looks more like a stretched TV episode that tries too hard to be 2001: A Space Odyssey, dragging endlessly in long, contemplative scenes that seem to exist only to show the higher budget.
½ November 19, 2016
Way too cerebral and brainy for its own good. Somewhere here could've been a really good movie. The production design is impeccable and the performances are fine. The issues are with the script and pacing. Its more than a little disappointing that Trek fans waited so long after the show was cancelled to see these characters again, and this was what they got.
November 12, 2016
While its visual effects are impressive for 1979, its uninteresting plot and hardly no tension whatsoever makes it feel like a 50 minute TV episode stretched to a 130 minute movie.
½ October 11, 2016
The story feels like it was meant for the TV series. More focus on special effects and spectacle, vs a strong and engaging story. Still an enjoyable spectacle with an amazing score.
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