The first ten Star Trek movies are a mixed bag with some being very good while others are barely O.K. and maybe a couple aren't so good. Which film is which is a topic of much controversy among fans.
One could think of this movie, along with its predecessor, as the films that killed Star Trek movies until they could be rebooted in 2009 by J. J. Abrams. Although the film knows how to hit all the right notes that Star Trek The Next Generation fans love, it doesn't quite know how to play the song. The pace of the film is barely adequate with much of the time spent on conversation. In short, it is a little too cerebral and intelligent: The film philosophizes about life and what makes us who we are. There are some very good action sequences and special effects, but the film lacks the energy, originality and downright joy that the reboot films have. The movie is too constrained by the TV series that it was based on, so it took a reboot to give the film franchise new life.
That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy watching it a second time. Anyone who is a fan of Star Trek The Next Generation will find the film enjoyable and consider it a necessary conclusion to The Next Generation saga. People who aren't familiar with the TV series or aren't fans might not understand what is going on.
For Star Trek fans: * * *
For everybody else: * * 1/2
Star Trek - Nemesis has a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.