A Dying Planet. A Fight for Life. The Search for Spock.
"...goes beyond frontiers greater than space. Nick Hilditch, BBCi
|Admiral kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned enterprise to return to the restricted genesis planet to recover spock's body.|
"...recommended most heartily to Star Trek fans. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Offers a thought-provoking treatment of the mind-body problem. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"One of the best of the series. Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...goes beyond frontiers greater than space. Nick Hilditch, BBC Online
"If Wrath of Khan is the 'action' entry and Voyage Home is the 'comedy' installment, then Search for Spock is the 'drama' -- and it's a damn good entry overall. Scott Weinberg, Apollo Movie Guide
"...entertaining fare for non-fans. TV Guide
In the third STAR TREK feature film, directed by Leonard Nimoy, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) has defeated the genetically created genius Khan, but Spock (Nimoy) is dead and McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is suffering from a strange mental aberration. Defying Starfleet orders, Kirk takes the Enterprise to Genesis to recover the body of Spock. Wonders--and dangers--await the Enterprise crew on the strange new planet.
Cast & Crew
New York Times
"...Gung-ho spirit....[Cast and crew] all seem to believe wholeheartedly in the STAR TREK saga...[and it] goes a long way toward making the material touching..."
"...An emotionally satisfying science fiction adventure..."
James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
The highlight of The Search for Spock is the ten-minute sequence where Kirk steals the Enterprise. Exciting, well-paced, and perfectly-scored, this gem stands out as one of the best segments in any of the Star Trek movies.
ReelViews 8 of 10
With a title like The Search for Spock, did anyone really expect that they wouldn't find the erstwhile first officer? So, with the resolution never in doubt (especially considering that Leonard Nimoy was directing), the real question to ask is: Is the search fun? The answer, for the most part, is "yes", at least once the story kicks into high gear. Star Trek III takes nearly forty minutes, much of which is filled with silly, mystical exposition about the current state of Spock's soul, before things start moving. The last twenty minutes are equally slow, but the stuff in between is quite enjoyable...The highlight of The Search for Spock is the ten-minute sequence where Kirk steals the Enterprise. Exciting, well-paced, and perfectly-scored, this gem stands out as one of the best segments in any of the Star Trek movies. Also noteworthy are a confrontation between the Enterprise and a Klingon bird-of-prey (although the "battle", such as it is, is anticlimactic, with the Enterprise's defense systems going on the fritz), the scene in which Kirk orders the ship's self-destruction, and a hand-to-hand struggle between the Admiral and the Klingon commander (Christopher Lloyd)...Like Star Trek II, Star Trek III is about sacrifice. In The Wrath of Khan, Spock gave his life for his shipmates. Here, Kirk loses just about everything except his life so that his friend can have a chance at a future. It's this sort of thing -- placing characters and themes above battles and special effects -- that has always distinguished Star Trek. While the absence of Spock leaves a vacuum in character interaction (there is none of the witty repartee that defines the Kirk/Spock/McCoy relationship), expectations about his return create a palpable sense of anticipation. So, while the sluggish beginning and ending mar this Star Trek outing somewhat, there's still enough here to please fans of the series, and, to a lesser extent, movie-goers in general.
- James Berardinelli
Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Read no further if you don't want to know whether Mr. Spock is alive at the end of "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." But, if you, like me, somehow had the notion that there was a 100 percent chance that they would find Spock (if only so he would be available for "Star Trek IV"), then you will be relieved to learn that his rediscovery and rebirth pay due homage to the complexities of the Vulcan civilization. By the end of this movie, all Mr. Spock has to do is raise one of those famous eyebrows, and the audience cheers...This is a good but not great "Star Trek" movie, a sort of compromise between the first two. The first film was a "Star Wars" road company that depended on special effects. The second movie, the best one so far, remembered what made the "Star Trek" TV series so special: not its special effects, not its space opera gimmicks, but its use of science fiction as a platform for programs about human nature and the limitations of intelligence. "Star Trek III" looks for a balance between the first two movies. It has some of the philosophizing and some of the space opera, and there is an extended special-effects scene on the exploding planet Genesis that's the latest word in fistfights on the crumbling edges of fiery volcanoes...There is also a great-looking enemy spaceship that resembles a predatory bird in flight (although why ships in the vacuum of space require wings is still, of course, a question "Star Trek" prefers not to answer)...The best thing the "Star Trek" movies have going for them is our familiarity with the TV series. That makes for a sort of storytelling shorthand. At no point during this film, for example, is it ever explained that Vulcans are creatures of logic, not emotion -- although we have to know that in order to understand most of the ending. It's not necessary. These characters are under our skins. They resonate, and a thin role in a given story is reinforced by stronger roles in a dozen others.
- Roger Ebert