The American Spectator had a great review of Star Trek:
The American Spectator : Star Trek
Here is one excerpt about one of the movie's flaws that really rubbed me wrong:
This is a movie that requires one to turn off his mind and conscience and be dazzled by special effects. The characters lack plausible motives. Even in a fantasy or sci fi world, plausible motives are need to have an interesting story and entertaining character development.It's another manifestation of the way in which, in the era of the cartoon movie, both film-makers and audience both suppose that nothing needs to accounted for as if it were an event in the real world. Fantasy means never having to worry about motivation or consequence . . .
Only consider. The young Kirk is a hell-raising bad boy who first appears as a young teenager (played by Jimmy Bennett) in a vintage car stolen from his step-father, which he proceeds to drive off a cliff. Neither then nor subsequently does he appear to have any good habits of diligence or application nor does he ever crack a book. Yet he becomes in record time at the Starfleet Academy Spock's intellectual equal and, without effort but with his natural insubordination and impertinence intact, is transformed in a twinkling into a Starfleet captain and a hero to young and old alike. You've got to suspect that not worrying too much about how their hero got to this position of honor and eminence is obviously a necessity to the kind of people who are being invited to identify themselves with him.