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80
This is all fun all the time, a dizzying carnival of wisecracks, fisticuffs, explosions, chases and truly eye-popping effects.
80
While Beyond won't unseat 1982's thrilling The Wrath of Khan as the gold standard for Star Trek movies, it's a highly entertaining entry guaranteed to give the franchise continuing life.
80
A return to fun, and a return to form for the new version of the old Trek. The 13th Trek movie is also the second good odd-numbered instalment in a row. Lucky for some.
75
This episode cuts right to the core of the series's original appeal, giving the terrific cast a chance to play against one another in a straightforward story. It's not exactly bold, but “Beyond” does satisfy.
70
The third instalment of the re-booted Star Trek franchise gets safely through its voyage, offering a strong returning cast and a familiar, if slightly tweaked mix of effects-heavy space action, cheeky humour and philosophical musing.
70
Star Trek Beyond might be the Star Trekkiest film of the new, J.J. Abrams-ified Trek era. That is to say, it's the one that feels the most like a turbo-loaded episode of the original series, and has at least some of that classic spirit of exploration and derring-do.
70
It's a sturdily built movie that gets the job done, and it's got a likable retro vibe.
67
If Star Trek Beyond existed outside the arena of reboots and sequels that mandated its existence, the movie's casual air might be downright radical for such an extensive production. Instead, it's just a sturdy riff on the same old routine.
60
This new movie could arguably have given Elba more to do, earlier in the picture, but it is the inter-relationship of the Enterprise's crew which is the real source of drama. An entertaining adventure.
60
Justin Lin proves a safe pair of hands at the helm of the Enterprise. Powered by a spirited sense of adventure and a nice teamwork dynamic, it's fun, but not essential, summer viewing.

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