Not as bad as they say, but bad nonetheless
That sums it up, really. Yes, the script and effects weren't up to par, but the film is far from unwatchable. Laurence Luckinbill was well cast as Sybok and perhaps all too convincing as one of those annoying self-help gurus. The film's biggest misstep (which is saying something) may have been turning Scotty into a raving buffoon for cheap (non-)laughs. If you're going to watch it, don't take the plot too seriously and you should be reasonably entertained.
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