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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Apr 2, 2013
    80
    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is as much a spiritual odyssey as a space adventure, and it's all the richer for it. It has high adventure, nifty special effects and much good humor, but it also has a wonderful resonance to it. [9 June 1989]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Apr 2, 2013
    63
    The starship Enterprise is back, piloted for the first time (from behind the camera, that is) by William Shatner. Though he doesn't exactly parallel-park Star Trek V: The Final Frontier into a meteor, the journey is (at best) an amiably lazy Sunday drive. [9 June 1989, p.4D]
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Apr 2, 2013
    63
    There are times when "Star Trek V" seems padded and low-impact, but there are things to like, too. [9 June 1989, p.81]
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 2, 2013
    50
    "Star Trek V" is pretty much of a mess - a movie that betrays all the signs of having gone into production at a point where the script doctoring should have begun in earnest. There is no clear line from the beginning of the movie to the end, not much danger, no characters to really care about, little suspense, uninteresting or incomprehensible villains, and a great deal of small talk and pointless dead ends. Of all of the "Star Trek" movies, this is the worst.
  5. Reviewed by: Ryan Murphy
    Apr 2, 2013
    50
    While intimate scenes of male bonding among Kirk, Spock and "Bones" McCoy are particularly delightful, the film's overall themes -- God, creation, friendships as family -- are never tied together or amply explained. Star Trek V is a lot like a dinner party where the appetizers are delicious, the main course stale and cold. [9 June 1989, p.5]
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Apr 2, 2013
    40
    Captain Kirk and his crew go where too many film makers have too often gone before.
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Rosenbaum
    Apr 2, 2013
    20
    An exceptionally feeble entry whose ideas, visual and otherwise, consist of hand-me-downs from 2001, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Superman III, and whose special effects, despite the hefty budget, look strictly bargain basement.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Sep 25, 2013
    3
    I find very little right with this movie. While it is nice to see Kirk & crew in another movie, the premise and overall narrative here is justI find very little right with this movie. While it is nice to see Kirk & crew in another movie, the premise and overall narrative here is just so stupid. Clearly this movie was trying to find some common ground between science and religion in order to pull in people from both groups. Unfortunately it just ends up angering both.

    Shatner is just a terrible director. Most of the performances were just not up to the usual standard or too over the top to be taken seriously. Effects were OK at times, but generally rather bland and dated for what was available at the time.

    Overall:
    Clearly the weakest entry to the movie series. But, at least Nimoy is doing his best, as usual.
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