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  • Summary: The greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evilThe greatest adventure of all time begins with Star Trek, the incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created: the U.S.S. Enterprise. On a journey filled with action, comedy and cosmic peril, the new recruits must find a way to stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all of mankind.
    The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before! (Paramount)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Paced at warp speed with spectacular action sequences rendered brilliantly and with a cast so expert that all the familiar characters are instantly identifiable.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    In the pop high it delivers, this is the greatest prequel ever made.
  3. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    90
    It's hard to imagine anyone caring much why we're plunging ahead at warp speed, when the ride is so insanely satisfying.
  4. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    88
    It fulfills its promise of rebooting the series while leaving us wanting more, and it does so with style and energy to spare. Now that's an origins tale that truly delivers.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    80
    It's a real family film, relatively light on the violence and funny without being overly crude; it even has some touching moments.
  6. Breathlessly paced bordering on manic, but propulsively entertaining.
  7. 50
    A relatively mindless thrill ride that would have made the old NBC execs grin from ear to ear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 536
  1. DarylP.
    May 9, 2009
    10
    Words cannot describe how amazing this movie movie is. Seldom times does a movie come out that not only lives up to the hype, but also lives Words cannot describe how amazing this movie movie is. Seldom times does a movie come out that not only lives up to the hype, but also lives up to the heavy $12 one time view asking price. I'm not a Trekkie, and there once was a time when i said i would never become one, but this movie was so good, im on the verge of eating my own words. Suffice to say, this wasn't your traditional Star Trek movie. It was good. They kept the sci-fi lingo, over the top dialog, and boring conversations, to a minimum. What they lacked in a traditional boring trek movie, they made up for with drama, comedy, even romance. You don't need to watch a Star Trek film to understand whats going on, as its a prequel, but it makes wonderful reference work of the greater films in the series (of which Ive only seen one). I'm not going to tell you to see this, but if you decide to see it, i can more then guarantee you wont be disappointed. Expand
  2. kurtp
    May 22, 2009
    10
    I couldn't stop gripping my girlfriends hand throughout the whole movie. So much action and not a dull moment. I got a lump in my throat I couldn't stop gripping my girlfriends hand throughout the whole movie. So much action and not a dull moment. I got a lump in my throat when George Kirk died and it stayed there until the movie finished. If you even slightly like Star Trek the origional, margionally like all the Trek spinoffs, you will want to see this movie. Wow!! Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    10
    A very enjoyable action extravaganza. I loved it pretty much from start to finish and laughed out loud in parts. Chris Pine did a great job asA very enjoyable action extravaganza. I loved it pretty much from start to finish and laughed out loud in parts. Chris Pine did a great job as Captain Kirk and Simon Pegg as Scotty!!! Collapse
  4. EricE
    May 18, 2009
    9
    Went into the movie expecting it to be terrible and way off canon. But was pleasantly surprised by how good the movie was and how they Went into the movie expecting it to be terrible and way off canon. But was pleasantly surprised by how good the movie was and how they appeased us hardcore fans. Can't wait for more. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2013
    8
    Impressive Hollywood product, exciting story, outstanding acting performances! This one is an excellent sci-fi movie, stunning and much moreImpressive Hollywood product, exciting story, outstanding acting performances! This one is an excellent sci-fi movie, stunning and much more spectacular than usually we may see any other fantastic tale! Expand
  6. EJA
    May 12, 2009
    7
    [***SPOILERS***] First off this movie is really fun and exciting to watch. The writing is plenty passable and the acting was fine. The only[***SPOILERS***] First off this movie is really fun and exciting to watch. The writing is plenty passable and the acting was fine. The only issues were someof the logic in the plot. Just a couple things: 1) Nero would probably attempt to warn the romulans of the future then get all hell bent on revenge for something not even done yet. 2) Why does spock have to pod kirk to an unhospitable ice planet just for being disobedient? And I saw that planet, its HUGE. What a coincidence he runs into spock's cave of all places to further the plot. 3) Lastly, a gigantic drill that goes into a planet? why didn't the vulcans send one tiny spacecraft to shoot the lengthy thin drilling device down? thats all young spock did to stop the drilling. Hell any modernday jet could have torpedo'ed the drill apart to prevent the drilling. But hey, its summer, and its fun so enjoy the ride Expand
  7. MeganJ.
    May 8, 2009
    0
    Very poor film due to incoherent script. At the end, Captain Kirk orders his crew to open fire on a crippled ship full of civilians, making Very poor film due to incoherent script. At the end, Captain Kirk orders his crew to open fire on a crippled ship full of civilians, making him a war criminal. This is after he tries to use "compassion" as a cynical ruse against his opponent. The script is flimsy and illogical; Nero's motivations make no sense. There is virtually no science fiction element; this is an action film set in space. Very, very poor. Expand

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