Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Capt. Picard and his crew pursue the Borg back in time to stop them from preventing Earth from initiating first contact with alien life.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 22, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 6, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While fans of the series will surely appreciate it, First Contact is exciting, engaging, and visually appealing enough to entertain Star Trek novices.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

In zooming out from Picard's glinty eyeball, this eighth feature film from the Trek factory displays a zippy new energy and a sleek, confident style fully independent of its predecessors.

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Joe Leydon

A smashingly exciting sci-fi adventure that ranks among the very best in the long-running Paramount franchise.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Not just the best of the Next Generation movies, but one of the best of the entire franchise.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

First Contact is no grab bag of camp gewgaws; it stands proud and apart, accessible even to the Trek-deficient. This old Star, it seems, has a lot of life in it.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

This makes little concession to non-initiates.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

If the film itself is a little bit generic, more of a popcorn sci-fi action film than a faithful adaptation of the characters from the series, that's probably all to the good.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

The elegance of the story is enhanced by the sure direction of Jonathan Frakes, who also plays Commander William Riker.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The series now lacks all of its original stars and much of its earlier determination. It has morphed into something less innocent and more derivative than it used to be, something the noncultist is ever less likely to enjoy.

Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The problem with most of the Next Generation Star Trek movies is that they feel like extended episodes of the television show. First Contact is the one time that it really feels like they made a Movie, with a capital M.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The eighth Star Trek film (and second of The Next Generation) boasts incredible special effects and makeup, as well as an urgent plot and a most sinister,… More
xGary Xx
The greatest nemesis of the federation, the Borg attempt to assimilate Earth in this hugely enjoyable addition to the Trek franchise. There are some great… More
Phil Hubbs
Second film (or sequel?) for the next generation crew and this time there is no hint of the classic crew what so ever, its all new now baby. So this next Trek… More
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Alex roy
First Contact is a brilliant film that has highly entertaining from start to finish. This, for me, is yet another great sequel in the franchise, and one of the… More
KJ Proulx
The film tries a little too hard to be serious when it wants to be, and turns out to be far too silly when being light hearted. I highly enjoyed this entry into… More