Paramount Pictures | Release Date: June 9, 1989 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
Mixed or average reviews based on 16 Critic Reviews
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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]
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)Chris Dafoe
The Final Frontier is the funniest - okay, the most intentionally funny - Star Trek yet. [9 June 1989]
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]
Portland OregonianTed Mahar
The title notwithstanding, "Frontier" is unlikely to be the last in this series. Slow as it is, and disappointing as some of the special effects are, "Frontier" still has some effective humor. Things go just well enough to inspire hope that the level of "IV" can be reached again. [9 June 1989, p.F09]
There are times when "Star Trek V" seems padded and low-impact, but there are things to like, too. [9 June 1989, p.81]
"The Final Frontier" is not as witty as the last installment, nor as well made as "The Search for Spock." But it has the Trek essence in spades. [19 June 1989, p.63]
The fact remains that some Treks are better than others, and ''The Final Frontier'' doesn't have the surprising warmth of the very best. It's diverting, but forgettable. [19 June 1989, p.15]
Miami HeraldRyan Murphy
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]
St. Louis Post-DispatchHarper Barnes
"Star Trek V'' begins and ends well, but is something of a muddle in the middle. [9 June 1989]
Tampa Bay TimesHal Lipper
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is an uneven mix of shopworn comedy and talky space adventure...If it's moderately engaging, it's because the material is familiar and never taxing. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier goes where no man has gone before. Barely. [9 June 1989, p.12]
VarietyStaff [Not Credited]
Even die-hard Trekkies may be disappointed by Star Trek V. Coming after Leonard Nimoy's delightful directorial outing on Star Trek IV, William Shatner's inauspicious feature directing debut is a double letdown.