Jackson Tyler’s review:
Watched again, came down harder on it - namely because of the failures in the relationship between Spock and Kirk. Kirk is consistently unlikeable - we are told Spock and he should have an excellent friendship, and then halfway through the movie, suddenly they do - after they've done nothing but hate each other. The film tries to justify the two character arcs, but it all fell a bit flat to me - it told us stuff that didn't match up with the evidence on screen.
And it didn't feel all that Star Trek to me, but that's by the by.