JJ Abrams has boldly pulled off the almost impossible with his stellar reinvention of Star Trek and made a movie that will wow both newcomers and hardcore Trekkies, critics say.
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: The prequel "is more exciting than the last four ST pictures put together, more fun than a barrel of Tribbles, and the most satisfying action-adventure since last year's Iron Man."
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: The effects are spectacular, but Star Trek "is really the story of how the Enterprise crew meets, hammers out its differences and becomes a team, and the telling is pure bliss."
- Colin Kennedy, Empire: "The most exhilarating Trek to date marks a new future for Kirk and co. If this can boldly go on to seek out ideas to match its speed and style, a franchise is reborn."