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STAR TREK: NEMESIS


A spoilsport clone with a giant chip on his shoulder is determined to radiate planet earth clear out of this world.


CAST: Patrick Stewart, Tom Hardy, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Ron Perlman

DIRECTOR: Stuart Baird

"The movie is slower than molasses on the dark side of Uranus. Worse, it's tacky. I know it's supposed to be tacky, for the essence of classic ‘Star Trek’ is its tackiness, but somehow tacky on the big screen isn't the same as tacky on the small. Tiny and blurry on the tube, it's cute and adorable. Blown out to 36 feet by 18 feet, and, worst of all, in actual focus, it just seems depressing." --Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post

"As long as these liberal humanist missionaries, working in clockwork harmony with their rainbow coalition of extraterrestrial and android colleagues, keep on going where no man has gone before, cornball 60's optimism will have a future…an amiably klutzy affair whose warm, fuzzy heart emits intermittent bleats from the sleeve of its gleaming spacesuit." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"I've been looking at these stories for half a lifetime, and, let's face it, they're out of gas …In movie after movie after movie I have to sit through sequences during which the captain is tersely informed that the front shield is down to 60 percent, or the back shield is down to 10 percent, or the side shield is leaking energy, and the captain tersely orders that power be shifted from the back to the sides or all put in the front, or whatever, and I'm thinking, life is too short to sit through 10 movies in which the power is shifted around on these shields. The shields have been losing power for decades now, and here it is the Second Generation of Star Trek, and they still haven't fixed them. Maybe they should get new batteries." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"This 10th film in the series looks and feels tired, a valedictory lap for the old crew before the next ‘Star Trek’ cast moves up to take over the movie franchise…This one is as slow-moving and conventional as 1998's ‘Star Trek Insurrection,’ the ninth film…The people with their hands on the wheel of the "Star Trek" franchise need to think serious about retooling this venerable vehicle before sending it around the track for ‘Star Trek’ movie No. 11." --Marshall Fine, The Journal News

"It's true that the ‘Star Trek’ movies, and ‘Nemesis’ is only partially an exception, have an air of pokey earnestness about them. No one is going to say they have the narrative propulsion of a runaway train, no matter who writes and directs them. And, with Stewart and in this case Hardy very much the exceptions, no one is going to say they are memorably acted. Familiarity and continuity are what the success of this series has always been about. We've been here before, and we like the neighborhood." --Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"As always, the Earthbound sequences are cheesy, the attempts at comic relief are hokey and the technojargon is exhausting. And there are some unintentionally funny scenes featuring Jonathan Frakes' 1st Officer Will Riker. But while ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’ isn't nearly as good as the best Nicholas Meyer-written movies like ‘The Undiscovered Country,’ it is far from the worst, thanks to the topical issues it raises, the performances of Stewart and Hardy, and that essential feature--a decent full-on space battle." --Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post

"‘Star Trek: Nemesis,’ the 10th in the series of movies based on the popular ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ TV series, is convincing evidence that the venerable franchise needs to be mothballed in space dock and not come out for another mission without a major refitting…‘Nemesis’ never veers for long from a numbingly familiar course." --Gregory M. Lamb, The Christian Science Monitor