Star TrekCritics are over the moon for the new 'Star Trek' ...

J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' relaunch blasts into theaters on May 8 with a hot young cast, a cool time-travel premise and a whole lot to prove to critics and fans alike. But if early reviews are any indication, 'Trek' could be a mass-market hit that appeals to both diehard Trekkies and the general movie-going public AND injects some much-needed edge into a franchise once thought past its prime.

With the first batch of reviews rolling in, including a fawning piece in Variety this morning, it's looking like 'Trek' is out of this world. We've trolled the Interwebs to deliver you critics' early takes on just how intergalactically awesome the new 'Trek' really is.

Star TrekJ.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' relaunch blasts into theaters on May 8 with a hot young cast, a cool time-travel premise and a whole lot to prove to critics and fans alike. But if early reviews are any indication, 'Trek' could be a mass-market hit that appeals to both diehard Trekkies and the general movie-going public AND injects some much-needed edge into a franchise once thought past its prime.

With the first batch of reviews rolling in, including a fawning piece in Variety this morning, it's looking like 'Trek' is out of this world. We've trolled the Interwebs to deliver you critics' early takes on just how intergalactically awesome the new 'Trek' really is. -- By Tom DiChiara

Variety: "The new and improved 'Star Trek' will transport fans to sci-fi nirvana. Faithful enough to the spirit and key particulars of Gene Roddenberry's original conception to keep its torchbearers happy but, more crucially, exciting on its own terms in a way that makes familiarity with the franchise irrelevant, J.J. Abrams' smart and breathless space adventure feels like a summer blockbuster that just couldn't stay in the box another month."

The Hollywood Reporter: "Paced at warp speed with spectacular action sequences rendered brilliantly and with a cast so expert that all the familiar characters are instantly identifiable, the film gives Paramount Pictures a new lease of life on its franchise."




Empire Online: "The most exhilarating 'Trek' to date marks a new future for Kirk and co. If this can boldly go on to seek out ideas to match its speed and style, a franchise is reborn."

Urban Cinefile: "A stupendous production, 'Star Trek' goes where no movie sequel or prequel has gone before in bringing intelligence and invention to a peak in cinematic storytelling."

CinemaBlend.com: "The new 'Star Trek' movie is amazing -- easily the best 'Trek' movie since 'The Wrath of Khan,' and a veritable feast of sight and sound: A captivating adventure that grabs you from the first and doesn't let go."

Dark Horizons: "Successfully relaunching the long-declining franchise, rising director J.J. Abrams delivers a less cerebral, more adrenalin-fueled take on the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise. In the process he reintroduces critical elements the franchise has not seen in years -- cultural relevance, suspense, and a fresh sense of wonder missing from a mythology so heavily explored and exploited over the years."

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Star Trek' Premiere Photos

    Actors Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Chris Pine attend the 'Star Trek' film premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. "Star Trek" London Premiere - Inside Arrivals Empire Leicester Square London, United Kingdom April 20, 2009 Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage.com To license this image (57236987), contact WireImage.com

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    Actors Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Chris Pine, director JJ Abrams, actors Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and John Cho attend the 'Star Trek' film premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. "Star Trek" London Premiere - Inside Arrivals Empire Leicester Square London, United Kingdom April 20, 2009 Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage.com To license this image (57232972), contact WireImage.com

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    Actors Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and John Cho attend the 'Star Trek' film premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. "Star Trek" London Premiere - Inside Arrivals Empire Leicester Square London, United Kingdom April 20, 2009 Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage.com To license this image (57236991), contact WireImage.com

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    LONDON - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Chris Pine, JJ Abrams, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg attend the UK film premiere of 'Star Trek', at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zoe Saldana;Simon Pegg;JJ Abrams;Chris Pine

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    LONDON - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Chris Pine, JJ Abrams, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and John Cho attend the UK film premiere of 'Star Trek', at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Karl Urban;Zoe Saldana;Simon Pegg;John Cho

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    LONDON - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto attend the UK film premiere of 'Star Trek', at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Pine;Zachary Quinto

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    LONDON - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Simon Pegg attends the UK film premiere of 'Star Trek', at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Simon Pegg

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    LONDON - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Chris Pine attends the UK film premiere of 'Star Trek', at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Pine

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    LONDON - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto attend the UK film premiere of 'Star Trek', at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Chris Pine;Zachary Quinto

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    LONDON - APRIL 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Zachary Quinto attends the UK film premiere of 'Star Trek', at the Empire Leicester Square on April 20, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Zachary Quinto

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