"Beyond" is undoubtedly messy, like a Starfleet ship that's taken its fair share of beatings, but it is frequently a reminder of how good the series can be when all its engines are in working order.
J. R. Jones
This third installment in the millennial Star Trek reboot races along without an idea in its head, often recalling the silly, monster-driven final season of the 60s TV show.
The movie bounces along, hurtling its heroes over colliding wreckage and into currents of artificial gravity, pausing just long enough for a punchline or a knowing exchange of looks.
Come to 'Star Trek Beyond' for the pow; stay for the emotional wipeout.
Lin and his cast's clear affection for the material helps temper the familiarity. The Enterprise's mission was to explore strange new worlds. This movie's is to give us a smooth ride.
It's not just a blast but, at moments, a thing of beauty, alive to the comic awesomeness of being lost in space.
Star Trek Beyond is a Star Trek movie, although not an especially good one.
The actors work so well together that they reinforce the series' central appeal: This crew is like family.
Matt Zoller Seitz
The movie never delivers on its considerable promise because it's always in such a hurry to get to the next action scene.