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Star Trek: First Contact

8/10
Science Fiction . Action . Adventure . Thriller . Sci-Fi
 

The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from changing Federation history and assimilating the galaxy.

 
Actors: Jonathan Frakes , Marina Sirtis , Gates McFadden , Michael Dorn , Brent Spiner , Patrick Stewart , Neal McDonough , Alice Krige , Alfre Woodard , James Cromwell , LeVar Burton
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Country: USA
Release: 1996-11-22
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  • Kenneth Turan

    Blessed with clever plot devices and a villainous horde that makes the once-dread Klingons seem like a race of Barneys, First Contact does everything you'd want a "Star Trek" film to do, and it does it with cheerfulness and style.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Having earned his stripes by directing a few TV episodes, Frakes makes an auspicious debut as a feature filmmaker, sustaining excitement and maintaining clarity as he dashes through a two-track storyline.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Certainly the best in its technical credits, and among the best in the ingenuity of its plot.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    By the time Worf (Michael Dorn), knocking off a slimy attacker, growls a Schwarzeneggerish ''Assimilate this!'' we've already done so, with pleasure.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Under the suave direction of Jonathan Frakes, who also plays the Enterprise's second-in-command, the movie glides along with purpose and style.

    Time Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    First Contact, written by Ric Berman, Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, pulsates with great imagination, amusing characters and the fundamental optimism handed down by "Star Trek" founder Gene Roddenberry.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    The script by Brannon Braga and Ronald Moore provides all the background necessary for viewers unfamiliar with the characters' previous movie and TV-series exploits, but not so much as to annoy fans.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The fine quality of the new film is good news for anyone disappointed by "Star Trek Generations," which got the new "Star Trek" feature film series off to a shaky start two years ago.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • George Powell

    Even those unfamiliar with the entire "Star Trek" phenomenon (it's now been 30 years since the original TV show sprang from the fertile mind of creator Gene Roddenberry) will find this a clever action movie, with a well-written screenplay and tight direction of a fine cast.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Staff(not credited)

    Like most Trek movies, it's a bit talky and a bit thin, unless you come to it with an extensive background gleaned from the series. But then, who but a fan would be going anyway?

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    First time director Jonathan Frakes (who also plays Riker, the Enterprise's second-in-command) injects some badly-needed energy and inventiveness into a series that, prior to this effort, was sinking under its own weight and boldly going nowhere.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lloyd Rose

    The excitement comes from Frakes's direction -- his liveliness, and his pleasure in looking at, and showing us, events and images.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Unfortunately, left alone on the big screen, distinctly thin characterisation and a plot that looks like a distended television episode, let the new crew down slightly but there are still enough classic moments to keep fans happy.

    Empire Full Review
  • John Krewson

    Of course, these movies are supposed to be big, but First Contact is the kind of porky, clumsy thing that would be ignored if it didn't come complete with an enormous guaranteed audience—and if it weren't actually kind of fun in spite of itself.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Not in itself a bad thing -- the "Star Trek" films have long come under friendly fire for being too heavy on the philosophizing and not enough so on the deep-space car chases -- but oddly, the film feels soulless and hollow, despite best intentions to the contrary.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The action is carefully calculated to captivate a wide audience while allowing hard-core trekkies to savor nuances of plot and personality.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Note this in your Starlog: Tacky toupees are out. Chrome domes are in. And not only is the future in safe hands, so is the "Star Trek" franchise. [22 Nov 1996 Pg.05.D]

    USA Today Full Review
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