Box art for Star Trek Into Darkness

  Star Trek Into Darkness

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

When a ruthless mastermind, Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch,) declares a one-man war on the Federation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise set out on their most explosive manhunt of all time.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Action-packed Star Trek sequel has good story, characters.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Star Trek Into Darkness is the 12th Star Trek movie overall, and the second installment in director J.J. Abrams' big-budget series reboot. The biggest issue is sci-fi/fantasy violence, with lots of punching, fighting, and shooting, a little blood (though not much), and some deaths (including an important supporting character). It's more exciting than it is intense. The main character (Chris Pine) is shown getting out of a bed he's shared with two alien girls, and there's a sexy underwear scene with a female co-star. Language is infrequent but includes a couple of uses of "s--t." The main character is seen drinking in one scene after getting some bad news. As in the first one, the Trek team comes together to do the right thing, no matter how difficult that may be.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Star Trek Into Darkness' violence. Does it ever feel over the top? Is it exciting or gruesome? Which do you think it's intended to be? Why?
  • What's the difference between following the rules and doing the right thing? Is there a simple answer to this problem?
  • How do the characters show teamwork? In what scenes do characters help each other?
  • Why do you think Star Trek has such enduring appeal? What makes people become such faithful fans? How does the reboot compare to the older movies and TV shows?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: There's absolutely nothing wrong with "Star Trek Into Darkness" -- once you understand it as a generic comic-book-style summer flick faintly inspired by some half-forgotten boomer culture thing.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Fresh: Star Trek Into Darkness banishes, at least for the moment, the lugubrious mood and sepulchral look that too many comic-book movies mistake for sophistication. All hail an action film that isn't ashamed to have fun and to be seen doing it.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rotten: Most of the logic has leached away from this movie, and with it half of the fun.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, May 20, 2013

Audience Reviews

4 stars

J.J. Abrams delivers another tour de force production with "Star Trek Into Darkness," a film of tremendous craftsmanship and summer appeal. The crew's all here, this time in a more streamlined, break-neck paced actioner with more digital effects, more pyro, and the always awesome Benedict Cumberbatch. Sure, 2009's "Star Trek" also by Abrams was a better film and a more inventive one, but with entertainment this stellar and this grandiose... you can't really complain much.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

4 stars

The follow up to J.J. Abrams' 2009 version of "Star Trek" definitely embraces it's title: "Star Trek Into Darkness," promising more action and a much more complex story. This time, the crew is out on a limb without help, to stop a merciless killer (John Harrison) whom has certain abilities that the U.S.S Enterprise crew soon realize they are in need of to stop a greater threat. This film has more layers than it's predecessor, which makes it better in many ways, but also less original in more ways than one, due to the fact that it relies much more on fan service rather than creating new dialogue and villains. I absolutely loved everything about this sequel, with a few minor spoilery complaints aside. The direction is great as always, most of the cast bring their A-Game and the visuals delivers once again. This is not just a fun blockbuster, but a stamp of approval to continue this new-tech version of "Star Trek." I'm on board until the end! And one last note: Benedict Cumberbatch kills it as the villain!

- fb733768972, Friday, July 12, 2013

4 stars

Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise's crew battle Khan. Star Trek has always held a special place for me among the rest of its science fiction peers, and as a result I expect more than cool special effects, predictable but fast-paced chase scenes, and lightning phaser battles. It is a credit to J.J. Abrams's obvious love for the source material that this film delivers on all levels. Yes, there are the requisite action sequences, but what is more interesting is the battle between emotion and logic. "Which is infused with more humanity?" the film asks, and while these are familiar footsteps for Trek fans, the reversal of fortune that Kirk and Spock undergo breathes new life into the film's moral quandaries. Also, Khan has always been the best Trek film villain, and Benedict Cumberbatch is appropriately ruthless, snarling, and - at times - cold. The plot staggers when it under-utiliizes whatever is going on between Spock and Uhura, a love triangle that is so poorly developed that I wondered if it were a story stopping by on its way to its own film. And Bones is more annoying than his predecessor, like a lost neighborhood kid looking in on the guy love between Kirk and Spock, hoping to be included. In the film's defense, there is only so much they could fit in to the two hours. Overall, this is a strong addition to one of the best science fiction franchises.

- hunterjt13, Tuesday, July 9, 2013