Box art for Star Trek IX: Insurrection

Star Trek IX: Insurrection

sci-fi & fantasy

When the crew of the Enterprise learn of a Federation plot against the inhabitants of a unique planet, Capt. Picard begins an open rebellion.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Like a long episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that two longtime characters in the Next Generation cast plunge into a playful sexual relationship under the aphrodisiac influence of an alien environment, and they cuddle in a hot tub with alcoholic beverages (by the next movie, Star Trek: Nemesis, they are married). No explicit sensuality or nudity, though. Ray-gun space battles, explosions, and perils include combatants taking fatal falls, and children and families fleeing from an ariel attack -- though rather than being killed the victims are beamed into captivity, making it more like "tag." There is some barely-PG-worthy profanity, and the villains are ugly aliens who undergo frequent plastic surgery. One uses a sort of facelift machine to kill a character.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Picard's decision to defy Starfleet. Compare the attitudes in this movie with those in the original 1960s TV show, when Starfleet -- pretty much an idealized vision of the U.S. military -- was a righteous authority that simply never made any mistakes. You could also talk about the parallels this script makes with the real world. What historical events are similar? What other sci-fi books and movies draw parallels to real history?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The story has enough plot switchbacks, space battles and gizmo wizardry to ensure that most viewers won't forget the film until at least the next morning.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: Doesn't exactly boldly go where no one has gone before.

- Gary Dauphin, Village Voice, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The best of the odd-numbered Star Trek films, Insurrection doesn't boast nasty villains or relentless dangers, but plays like a great extended TV episode, employing a compelling plot that works as a smart political criticism to the Western imperialism.

- blacksheepboy, Monday, April 19, 2010

2 stars

It?s like one of the rubbish episodes where they go onto a gypsy planet because they ran out of budget! "Why are we going to this planet captain"? "Because I need some lovin? from an under developed human like alien" ?Again captain? Couldn?t we just use tea bags twice, cut out some coupons and blow up some Klingons??

- SirPant, Monday, September 21, 2009

4 stars

Don't let some of the bad reviews for this film put you off watching it. I finally got around to watching it last week and I must say that It was no where near as bad as what some people have said about it. In-fact I thought it was pretty good. It's not the best Star Trek film but it's not the worst either. Some people have criticized it by saying that it looks like an extended television episode- All the films except 'the motion picture' have - what's the point of changing the television look and feel when it is so good? The one time they did try to change it from the episode feel (the motion picture) it was crap. Come on people, this is Star Trek - what were you expecting - this was not meant to be another Shawshank Redemption. I like this film so I'm going to give it 8 out of 10 because I don't care what other people say.

- matertenebraum, Wednesday, October 29, 2008