"Likely to be the movie of the summer." "A hard act to follow." "A satisfying summer blockbuster."
And that's just the Tampa Bay critics (the Tribune's Kevin Walker, the Times' Steve Persall, and CL's own Joe Bardi, respectively). Star Trek's status as this summer's movie to beat has been confirmed with surprising unanimity across the board, from the big guns to the blogosphere (with a whopping 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer, certifying Trek as the best-reviewed movie to date in 2009). And this time the critics are likely to be right. Star Trek fires on all cylinders with good acting, witty script, characters you actually care about (and $7 million in box office on Thursday alone), while from the looks of previews the rest of the season is going to be one long CGI explosion of little interest whatsoever.
Read on for links to Star Trek reviews. Note: Not everyone was enchanted. The Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert and The New Yorker's Anthony Lane were distinctly underwhelmed. (Funniest, if meanest line: Lane says that these days Leonard Nimoy "makes Bela Lugosi look like Zac Ephron").