Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is fondly regarded as being the closest in spirit to the 1966-69 TV series that spawned it. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) escapes the tedium of a desk job to join Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 4, 1982
DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Considered by many fans to be the best of the Star Trek movies, Khan features a strong plot, increased tension, and a sharp supporting performance from Ricardo Montalban.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A brisk, handsomely designed film in which its hardware, sturdy as it is, never overwhelms its humanity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

If only director Nicholas Meyer had grasped the implications of his tale more fully and enthusiastically, this might have become a classic piece of cornball SF poetry, but as it stands the tepid acting and one-set claustrophobia take a heavy toll.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Star Trek II manages to be both pensive and action-packed.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

There is something comfortable, even old-shoeish, about the new film, a sense, appropriate to its theme of coming to terms with middle age, that all aboard are pleasurably rediscovering their best selves.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

The net effect, between embarrassed guffaws, is incredulity: a movie at once post-TV and pre-DW Griffith.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

It was Star Trek II that put the franchise on the right track as the spirit of Gene Roddenberry's 60s television series was harnessed to spectacular effect.

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Variety Staff

Star Trek II is a very satisfying space adventure, closer in spirit and format to the popular TV series than to its big-budget predecessor.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Although I liked the special effects in the first movie, they were probably not the point; fans of the TV series wanted to see their favorite characters again, and Trek II understood that desire and acted on it.

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Total Film

This is hands-down the best Trek flick made so far.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
An exceptional movie that offers everything that a Star Trek fan could ask and more: wonderful performances, engaging drama, tension, memorable dialogue, a… More
Everett Johnson
This is the second movie in all of the "Star Trek" movies, and it's considered the best(I've only seen this and the first one). This is… More
Phil Hubbs
I never did understand how this film was so much more successful and popular than the first. Quite clearly the film has gone for a slightly more silly plot… More
Christian C
Without question, the best Star Trek film until the franchise was renewed by J.J. Abrams.
Kevin Cookman
And this is coming from an adamant "definitely not a fan" of the original series.
KJ Proulx
With a story this good, it's impossible to not call this one of the best Sci-fi tales out there. The characters get more development, which is exactly what… More