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Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: David Hunter
    Apr 3, 2013
    90
    Once the stardust settles and the generations of "Star Trek" fans pass in judgment, this splendid production may emerge as the best movie to date inspired by the multiple-series TV phenomenon created by the late Gene Roddenberry. [15 Nov. 1994]
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Apr 3, 2013
    75
    The pleasure of any Star Trek movie lies in experiencing the familiar mixed with the inventive.
  3. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    Apr 3, 2013
    70
    It may not "boldly go where no one has gone before," but Star Trek Generations has enough verve, imagination and familiarity to satisfy three decades' worth of Trekkers raised on several incarnations of the television skein. [14 Nov. 1994, p.47]
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 3, 2013
    67
    Paramount prefers to think of Star Trek: Generations as the first of a new film series, rather than the seventh act of the old, but prior knowledge of the saga definitely is a necessity. It's a movie filled with punchlines that depend on the audience knowing the set-ups. [18 Nov. 1994, p.3]
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Baker
    Apr 3, 2013
    67
    Star Trek: Generations is a successful entry in the series, and a darn good film on its own.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Apr 3, 2013
    63
    It's good cornball mainstream sci-fi, as close to brand-name reliability as this genre gets. [18 Nov. 1994, p.47]
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    Apr 3, 2013
    63
    The cognoscenti will no doubt follow the plot permutations a little bit more easily than those of us on the outside. But even we of the uninitiated will appreciate the cleverly escalating tension. [18 Nov. 1994, p.12]
  8. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Apr 3, 2013
    63
    Three things make the film worthwhile: Shatner's performance; the sequence involving Data getting his "emotion chip" implant; and John Alonzo's crystalline cinematography, which makes Generations the most beautiful Trek ever. [18 Nov. 1994, p.03]
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Apr 3, 2013
    63
    Fortunately, director David Carson and screenwriters Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (all of whom have served in the Star Trek universe) keep the longueurs to a minimum. Whenever you feel like beaming up (or is it out?), they switch scenes.
  10. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Apr 3, 2013
    63
    Generations feels like a flimsy device to ensure Trek's earnings continue to live long and prosper. [19 Nov. 1994, p.1D]
  11. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 3, 2013
    63
    Generations spends its running length searching for, and never completely finding, its niche.
  12. Reviewed by: Michel Marriott
    Apr 3, 2013
    60
    For Trek devotees, it's a supernova of unpredictable sci-fi thrills, though the earthbound may find this trip through the heavens a bit tiresome, especially when the movie tries too hard to wax philosophic. [18 Nov. 1994, p.88]
  13. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 3, 2013
    60
    Going boldly where no one has gone before is not what it used to be. Contentedly settled into a prosperous middle age, the "Star Trek" series now seems more comfortable retracing its own footsteps, carefully offering its horde of fans interludes that aspire to do no more than fit snugly into the patterns of the past.
  14. Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Apr 3, 2013
    60
    A flawed but funky adventure.
  15. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Apr 3, 2013
    60
    "Generations" is predictably flabby and impenetrable in places, but it has enough pomp, spectacle and high-tech small talk to keep the franchise afloat. And in an age when much fancier futuristic effects can be found elsewhere, even its tackiness is a comfort.
  16. Reviewed by: David Baron
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    If the surpassingly murky narrative logic behind "Generations" is any indication of what's to come, Paramount had better start making explanatory material available to perplexed viewers as well as confused critics. [18 Nov. 1994, p.L27]
  17. Reviewed by: Leonard Pitts
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    However clumsily done, the handoff has now been accomplished, and it will be interesting to see how the new crew carries the torch in subsequent movies that aren't asked to carry such weight. [18 Nov. 1994, p.5]
  18. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    The film may be intended to launch the movie careers of Patrick Stewart and the gang from ''Star Trek: The Next Generation,'' but any vibrancy, any emotional power it has derives from William Shatner as Kirk. And it's not even his movie. [18 Nov. 1994, p.C1]
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    Here is a movie so concerned with in-jokes and updates for Trekkers that it can barely tear itself away long enough to tell a story. From the weight and attention given to the transfer of command on the Starship Enterprise, you'd think a millennium was ending - which is, by the end of the film, how it feels.
  20. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Apr 3, 2013
    40
    Devoted Trekkers will have to see it to keep abreast of the ships’ logs, but Saturday night at the flicks fun-seekers are apt to concur this one only fires on stun.
  21. Reviewed by: Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Apr 3, 2013
    40
    At least the special effects and outer space vistas are more handsome than usual.
  22. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Renzetti
    Apr 3, 2013
    38
    All the special effects in the universe don't make up for a lame plot, though. There's something foul about a Star Trek movie so apparently slapdash: the creators know that legions of fans will show up, no matter what. [18 Nov. 1994]
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 25, 2013
    6
    To be honest, I didn't find this as bad a allot of fan did. It isn't a masterpiece, but it wasn't a bad way to introduce Picard to the bigTo be honest, I didn't find this as bad a allot of fan did. It isn't a masterpiece, but it wasn't a bad way to introduce Picard to the big screen.

    Characters more or less were following their roles to the same standards of the show. The narrative was a little odd and full of hole, but it was entertaining at least.

    I will say, while I was never a fan of Shatner, I did respect the character he portrayed, and with that said his send off felt a little tame. He deserved better.

    Overall:
    It is full of inconsistencies, the antagonists never come off as too threatening and some of the character development for the staple characters are a little weird (Geordie's eyes, Data's emotions, etc.) But, even so it still is entertaining and fun to watch, at least once.
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