J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek “made me sob with pure pleasure,” said James Christopher in the Times Online. Abrams “boldly goes” back in time to show how “the two most gifted space cadets in the history of Starfleet”—James Tiberius Kirk and Spock—“muscle their way to the top.” The film's pace is “exhilarating,” the “special effects are marvelous,” and the stunts and combat match anything "Star Wars can dish out.” (watch the trailer for Star Trek)

Star Trek successfully reboots the venerable franchise,” said Robert W. Butler in The Kansas City Star, “pleasing die-hards and newbies alike.” The “execution, acting, and energy are on warp drive,” although the “convoluted” and not-so-original plot prevents it “from being a really great movie. Some of it is pretty confusing—maybe even illogical.”

Star Trek as a concept has voyaged far beyond science fiction and into the safe waters of space opera,” said Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. While Gene Roddenberry’s original series successfully toyed with “questions of science, ideals, or philosophy,” Abrams seems satisfied with nothing more than “loud and colorful action.” (watch a clip from Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek)