CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Picard Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores have been announced.
The latest Star Trek show starring Patrick Stewart currently has an 88% Tomatometer score from the critics. The average rating is 7.45 out of 10 from 25 reviews. There are 22 fresh reviews and 3 rotten reviews.
The Top Critics score comes in at 83% with an average rating of 7.17 out of 10. Out of 12 reviews there are 10 fresh and 2 rotten.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
Ben Travers at IndieWire gives the show a B. He writes, “[Stewart] has a unique ability to dial into his roles without completely disappearing, carrying the audience’s earned investment from role to role, whether he’s suffering through an awkward trip to the toilet or sipping tea among the stars.”
Brian Lowry at CNN gives the show a rotten score. He writes, “The sluggish pace thus begins to drain interest, at least for those who didn’t hang on “Next Generation’s” every wrinkle. That leaves the prospect of upcoming “Next Generation” cameos as perhaps the best incentive to stay aboard.”
Daniel D’Addario at Variety gives the show a fresh score. He writes, “But it moves within three hours to a place that promises as much excitement and movement as there already has been insight into its beaten-down protagonist, a show that suggests it’ll be worth sticking around for.”
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Michael Phillips at the Chicago Tribune gives the show a fresh score. He writes, “”Picard…” is off to a fine start based on the three episodes made available for advance review.”
Ed Power at the Daily Telegraph gives the show a 4 out of 5. He writes, “It’s a freight train performance from one of our great Shakespearean actors… There are moments you’re not quite sure if it’s Star Trek you’re watching or a high concept take on King Lear.”
Samantha Nelson at Polygon gives the show a fresh score. She writes, “Picard dares audiences to avoid wallowing in despair or nostalgia, and asks them to take action to build a world that’s even better than anyone could have imagined.”
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Rotten Tomatoes Audience Scores
Audience scores are still coming in, but it currently has a 74% with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 27 reviewers.
Here’s what the audience members are saying:
Moner A gives the show 5 stars. They write, “Great Premiere can’t wait to see where it goes.”
Dan T gives the show 5 stars. He writes, “Amazing! A great peak in at the life of one of our favorite captains that maintains the core of who he was when we last saw him 20 years earlier, still hopeful, willing to help anyone, particularly the crew he sees as family. But also acknowledges that time has past, he’s 94 years old, he’s long retired.”
Michael K gives the show 1.5 stars. He writes, “Well, it’s certainly not Star Trek in any way, shape or form, but as generic, poorly written, just about watchable sci-fi, it has some promise. It’s very slow, has far too much exposition, Stewart’s not playing Picard, more more like Charles Xavier. He’s chewing the scenery a little too much acting wise. I felt like I was watching a 10th sequel X-Men movie. The bits without Dhaj in aren’t bad, but the whole thing goes down the toilet when she turns up. Picard’s Romulan house staff are just humans with pointy ears. It’s all very slick, expensive, and admittedly looks lovely. While it’s far far better than STD, it still ain’t Star Trek in any way. The opening dream sequence with Data wearing a First Contact uniform aboard the Enterprise D is horribly wrong. I suppose you could explain it away by it being a dream, but it just looked like a schoolboy error made by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.”
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James E gives the show 5 stars. He writes, “Great new addition to the Star Trek universe.”
Nico R gives the show a half star. He writes, “I really wanted to give this a chance. I love Star Trek, I always have… but this is not Star Trek. This is a melodramatic Dystopian soap opera that is appropriating the name Star Trek. No disrespect to the acting ability of Sir Patrick Stuart but my love for Picard is not enough to make me ignore the horrible direction in which they are taking trek. Star Trek is meant to be a utopian view future where we’ve moved past our shortcomings as a race, to face new adversity not be mired in the past, this show is an insult to all that has come before it. (With the exception of discovery which has the exact same problem)”
Nick W gives the show show 5 stars. He writes, “A great setup that actually answered more questions than I thought it would.”
Metacritic’s Metascore currently sits at 77 with 9 positive reviews and 1 mixed review.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
Robert Lloyd at the Los Angeles Times gives the show a 90. He writes, “On the basis of the three episodes out for review, it promises to be a satisfying voyage.”
Mike Hale at the New York Times gives the show an 80. He writes, “Picard, the second streaming “Star Trek” series (after “Discovery”), is a peak-TV experience, and it immediately feels — on the surface, at least — as if it could be the franchise’s best small-screen offering.”
Mark Dawidziak at the Cleveland Plain Dealer gives the show an 80. He writes, “Although the pace is at times too deliberate and many of the story elements seem familiar (earning the dubious raised eyebrow Mr. Spock put to such good use), it’s not difficult getting to the end of this third episode. For one thing, the series looks terrific. For another, you’re in great company all the way. The cast is marvelous, starting with Stewart, the finest actor ever to wear a Starfleet uniform. His aging and conflicted Picard is an endlessly intriguing revival of the character. He not only keeps you involved but also (to borrow the captain’s trademark phrase) engaged.”
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Alan Spinwall at Rolling Stone gives the show an 80. He writes, “Despite the cameos and Easter eggs, Picard never feels like nostalgia for its own sake. The creative team — including Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsman, and Kirsten Beyer— have clearly given a lot of thought to the idea of an elderly Picard.”
Danette Chavez at the A.V. Club gives the show a 75. She writes, “Together, these stories make for one of the most rousing installments in the franchise, and potentially one of the most powerful.”
Darren Franich at Entertainment Weekly gives the show a 50. He writes, “Picard has flashes of eccentricity, and any science-fiction show with a Miguel de Unamuno shoutout demands a quantum of hope. But for now, this is another disappointing Star Trek. Should we give it a chance? My advice: Disengage.”
A User Score has not been officially announced on Metacritic. There are currently only 3 reviews with comments. All three are positive.
On IMDB, Star Trek: Picard currently has a weighted 7.9 out of 10 from 555 users. 339 users gave the show a 10. 53 gave the show a 9. 48 gave the show an 8. While 62 gave the show a 1.
Female viewers gave the show a higher average score with an average of 8.8 from 45 viewers. Males gave the show an average of 7.9 from 341 users. Older Star Trek fans gave the show a lower average score.
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Did you watch the first episode of Star Trek: Picard? What did you think? What kind of score would you give it?