“Just When You Think Star Wars Has A Massive Competition To Face, Star Trek: The Motion Picture Craps All Over It Within It's First Shot Of The Enterprise Spaceship”
“Star Trek: The Motion Disaster”
“Robert Wise ... Spends Too Much Time With Panoramic Shots Of Space Here And Not Enough Time Exploring The Characters.”
[It's] like attending your high-school class's 10th reunion at Caesar's Palace. Most of the faces are familiar, but the decor has little relationship to anything you've ever seen before.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
This 1979 movie adaptation of the cult TV series is blandness raised to an epic scale.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Derek Elley - Variety
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.
Variety Staff - Variety
Star Trek - The Motion Picture: Director's Edition is no 2001 (its obvious inspiration -- a fact that is more evident here than ever before), but it represents thought-provoking, well constructed science fiction.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Nothing but a long day's journey into ennui.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
Far too much time is spent with the bridge crew staring at special effects in awe.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
First big-screen flight of the Enterprise.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Star Trek's freshman big screen effort was crippled by a plodding pace and a somber tone.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
More of an event than a movie...more flash than content.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
If the endless interstellar vistas of 2001: A Space Odyssey tested your patience, Star Trek: The Motion Picture will make you cry like a little star child.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
a little too boring
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
As an exploration of the loneliness of a unique machine consciousness, great! As an exciting SF experience, maybe not.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4
Director Robert Wise has no feeling for Trek's pop insouciance, and the movie unfolds ponderously.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
For non-addicts, the smart plot and effects go some way towards compensating for the plastic characters and costumes.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
The long, majestic scene in which Scotty (James Doohan) takes Kirk in a shuttle toward the refurbished Enterprise is still breathtaking.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A disappointing segement of the series
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Often unfairly maligned because it's slow and contemplative, but has some real ideas behind it.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Ponderously long, yes; but it was and still is a true movie event.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Star Trek-The Motion Picture is a smart sc-fi thriller whose fascinating characters and thought-provoking plot are emphasized more than special effects.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Brandon Judell - PopcornQ
You've heard the about the curse of the odd-numbered Star Trek films. It REALLY applies to this one.
Dan Lybarger - Nitrate Online
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The result is intriguing as far as the sci-fi genre goes, but not exactly something I'd consider to be Star Trek.
Ryan Cracknell - Apollo Guide
An inventive and thoughtful science fiction movie, even if it is not entirely in keeping with either the television show that preceded it or the movies that would follow it.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The rule with Star Trek films is even-numbered films are good, odd-numbered are bad -- and the first film in the series is no exception.
Christopher Null and David Bezanson - Filmcritic.com
Nothing in this first Trek film moves above a glacial speed.
William Gallagher - BBC
So okay, perhaps the plot is somewhat substandard but the glorious special effects thrown up by director Robert Wise ... and a no doubt expert team of special effects craftsmen actually makes this one well worth seeing.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page