Parents' Guide to

Star Trek: Generations

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Old and new Starfleet heroes team up for clever TV tie-in.

Movie PG 1994 118 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Okay, not as good as the first six films.

This was a missed opportunity, but it’s still a decent watch and shows the heroic conclusion of Kirk’s adventures. To see Spock’s conclusion, jump ahead to Star Trek 2009.
age 10+


10/10 an excellent movie. The plot is great I love how they added Kirk from the original series. It was overall a great movie!

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Our review:
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Kids say (6):

If you're Trek-illiterate, you'll be lost here, but if you're a follower, you'll be delighted with the dense Treklore and references to TV-episode minutiae. Trying to imagine a movie/TV nut without no Star Trek knowledge is so improbable it borders on sheer science fiction, but only the most devoted fans will be able to pick up all of the references in Star Trek: Generations (two Klingon sisters as recurring villains, holodecks, Picard's brother, etc.).

Yes, the plotline doesn't bear close scrutiny -- it's mainly a gimmicky time-warp deal to bring series icon William Shatner on board for a fond farewell. But that's a minor complaint thanks to the good pacing, splendid special effects, and most of all the way the script cleverly applies generations of backstory and character-development to play with viewer expectations like a flute. It's clever and fun for devotees, young and old, who have invested in this saga so far.

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