Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop it.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 7, 1979
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring a patchwork script and a dialogue-heavy storyline whose biggest villain is a cloud, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a less-than-auspicious debut for the franchise.

Judith Martin
Washington Post

There are only so many ways to photograph black starry space and the under-bellies of spaceships, and the films that got there first used them all up.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Nothing but a long day's journey into ennui.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Merely a weak, inapt Star Trek movie, not a completely awful one.

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Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times

What you see is what you respond to, and what you see is a unique cultural phenomenon, and a film that for all its visual splendors falls well short of its aspirations.

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Variety Staff

The expensive effects (under supervision of Douglas Trumbull) are the secret of this film, and the amazing wizardry throughout would appear to justify the whopping budget.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

The Enterprise's first feature, with smarts outdoing guns.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Not so much a movie as it is a sort of giant display case ...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1979 movie adaptation of the cult TV series is blandness raised to an epic scale.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Star Trek's freshman big screen effort was crippled by a plodding pace and a somber tone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The main problem with this first Star Trek film is that it is not original at all and looks more like a stretched TV episode that tries too hard to be 2001: A… More
xGary Xx
The first in the long running movie franchise was a huge departure from the ethos of the series it was based upon, and as such disappointed the majority of fans… More
Phil Hubbs
To think this this film came out when I was just one year old, just like Star Wars which came out a year before I was born, makes me God… More
Everett Johnson
I have to admit, I've never really been a "Star Trek" fan. It's always seemed boring to me, and over my head. Heck, most sci-fi is, except… More
Alex roy
The first Star Trek film directed by Robert Wise manages to capture the vibe of the TV show and offer fans a good two hours of entertainment. Although, this… More
KJ Proulx
A very underrated film that sparked decades of Star Trek features, in which has spectacular visuals for it's time, and a score that will definitely remain… More