Star Trek III - The Search for Spock
Star Trek III - The Search for Spock (1984)

Star Trek II ended with Spock presumed dead, but this film reveals that his consciousness survives within McCoy. Spock's body and consciousness must be quickly reunited or his death will be certain, and McCoy will be left insane. Racing… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it may be short on dazzling special effects, The Search for Spock is still a strong Star Trek installment, thanks to affecting performances by its iconic cast.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

"Star Trek III" has a genuine spirituality, and, at its end, you may be surprised, especially if you're not really a Trekkie, to realize how moved you've been.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1984 film's few and unimpressive special effects evidently qualify it as science fiction, but the genre it really belongs to is the male weepie: there hasn't been a gooier buddy romance on the screen since Joe Buck took Ratso Rizzo to Miami.

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Rob Vaux

Not many Trekkies would list The Search for Spock as their first viewing choice, but it rarely lets you down.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

These are classic directorial occasions, and Nimoy rises to them with fervor, in effect beaming his film up onto a higher pictorial plane than either of its predecessors.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Decent SFX, but a little more action wouldn't have gone amiss.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Almost certainly the best of the "bad" Star Trek films... and for the first 30 or 40 minutes, it's not really even bad, to speak of.

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Variety Staff

An emotionally satisfying science fiction adventure.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is a good but not great Star Trek movie, a sort of compromise between the first two.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Stirring but sad science-fiction enterprise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This third Star Trek film works as a bridge between the second and the fourth cinematic chapters, with decent drama and good performances by our well-known… More
Christian C
I wish they'd found Spock earlier in the film. Maybe the movie would have been interesting.
Phil Hubbs
To this day it still seems a funny choice to have cast Chris Lloyd as a Klingon. Such a wiry guy with a weak parched voice and definitely more of a comedic… More
KJ Proulx
Going back to the original roots of slow pacing and a basic story, "Star Trek III - The Search for Spock" is a little more layered that the first Star… More
Alex roy
Third film in the Star Trek series picks up where the Wrath of Kahn left off. The Search for Spock manages to be quit a good affair, and is an entertaining… More
Jens S.
Much like the second Star Trek film the immediate follow-up may cause nostalgic feelings among those fans who saw it when it originally came out, but from… More