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100
The result is a stunningly nervy sequel that vaporizes any worries that Abrams' terrific 2009 reboot was a fluke.
100
Into Darkness is a sleek, thrilling epic that's also a triumphantly witty popcorn morality play. It's everything you could want in a Star Trek movie.
88
Star Trek Into Darkness gives you an exhilarating, tingle-inducing rush - that rare feeling that comes when a gigantic entertainment is firing on all fronts, exceeding your expectations.
88
The new film works. It's rousing.
88
Spectacular special effects, superbly crafted action sequences, plenty of humor and terrific performances render it a cut above most summer blockbusters.
88
The action is exhilarating, the visual effects spectacular - and spectacularly realized.
88
Kudos to Abrams for going bigger without going stupid. His set pieces, from an erupting volcano to the hell unleashed over London and Frisco Bay, are doozies. So's the movie. It's crazy good.
88
All Abrams wants to do is give us a great ride while holding firm to our longstanding emotional investment in these characters.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Full of humor, some exciting scenes and some intelligent parallels between the world of the film and the political and moral issues facing us today.
70
Noisy, frenetic, grandiose and essentially a soap opera, director J.J. Abrams's second contribution to the franchise has everything, including romance: Never before have Capt. James T. Kirk and his Vulcan antagonist, Mr. Spock, seemed so very much in love.
60
After impressing well enough in his previous big screen directorial outings, Abrams works in a narrower, less imaginative mode here; there's little sense of style, no grace notes or flights of imagination. One feels the dedication of a young musician at a recital determined not to make any mistakes, but there's no hint of creative interpretation, personal feelings or the spreading of artistic wings.

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