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Star Trek Generations Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a movie so concerned with in-jokes and updates for Trekkers that it can barely tear itself away long enough to tell a story. From the weight and attention given to the transfer of command on the Starship Enterprise, you'd think a millennium was ending - which is, by the end of the film, how it feels.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Generations spends its running length searching for, and never completely finding, its niche.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Generations feels like a flimsy device to ensure Trek's earnings continue to live long and prosper. [19 Nov. 1994, p.1D]

  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The pleasure of any Star Trek movie lies in experiencing the familiar mixed with the inventive.

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  • 90

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    Once the stardust settles and the generations of "Star Trek" fans pass in judgment, this splendid production may emerge as the best movie to date inspired by the multiple-series TV phenomenon created by the late Gene Roddenberry. [15 Nov. 1994]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Old/new Starfleet heroes warpspeed a lukewarm plot.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a major Starfleet hero dies in this installment and adult fans have been known to be driven to tears by the scene (spoiler: in subsequent Star Trek novelizations he's brought back to life, for about the 100th time). There are ray-gun space battles, explosions, and ship crashes. The computerized Mr. Data utters a PG swear word in his struggle with simulated emotions and tries alcohol.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of Star Trek in its various spin-offs and incarnations. Compare-contrast (as Trekkies have done, for many hours, in many conventions) the personalities of James T. Kirk, a maverick who often went around the rules of Starfleet, and Jean-Luc Picard, an authoritarian stickler for regulations and decorum. Which TV crew members or movies are favorites?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Starfleet is notably racially, gender, and species-integrated (with the addition of Mr. Data, even machine-integrated), and there is a strong sense of friendship, duty, and loyalty. Kirk and Picard both put the greater good ahead of their personal bliss, while Data learns to control and partially absorb unaccustomed, downloaded human emotions.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Spaceship explosions, ray-gun fire, dead bodies seen. Some hand-to-hand punch-outs and fatal falls.

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    Sex: Just some prominent female Klingon cleavage.

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    Language: "Hell" spoken by humans, the S-word uttered by the normally unflappable android Data.

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    Consumerism: Of course, Star Trek itself is a major commercial product, with video games, comics, action figures, hobby kits, theme-park rides...even a cookbook!

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking in the USS Enterprise bar, includes the android Data reacting comically to his first alcoholic binge.