Star Trek is such a huge cultural phenomenon that this movie can't be viewed in a vacuum. So it's pretty impossible to rate this movie without factoring in all of our preconceived expectations. Some of the opinions here are more about where this fits into the previous franchises than the new film itself. I'm a mid-level Star Trek fan. I enjoy the original TV series and the feature films that feature the Shatner-Nimoy cast. Period. I was bored to tears by all of the subsequent TV series and the Patrick Stewart film series. But all of the buzz about this movie made me rush out and see it. I enjoyed it a lot. And I think this film walks the best-possible middle ground between the die-hards who demand strict continuity and people who just want to see an entertaining movie. I can understand why some think the movie is dumbed down and slight. It's tone and pace are definitely more in keeping with Star Wars. And after a pretty emotional opening (I can't imagine many parents who wouldn't be affected by George Kirk's decision), the movie doesn't have a whole lot of emotional heft. It's pretty much one action scene after another. And there's probably an over-reliance on humor--especially in the casting of Pegg and his unnecessary sidekick. But there's another side to this. I saw a lot of genuine respect and affection for the original series. There are many clever references (and I'm sure I missed some of them) that showed me that the filmmakers did their homework. And the cast was pretty damn good. I thought it would be impossible to cast someone as a young Shatner. But I accepted Pine in the role pretty quickly. He captured Kirk's cocky essence without going overboard mimicking his mannerisms. The cast was critical for me. By the end, I accepted them as replacements for the original characters. Without that acceptance, I don't think you'd get the same buzz from the ending that I got. It felt like getting back together with a bunch of old friends that I hadn't seen in years. Hopefully the sequel follows The Dark Knight route and goes in a less generic direction. Now that financial success is assured I think they could afford to go with a meatier story.