Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Star Trek Into Darkness is J.J. Abrams’ big and loud sequel to the highly entertaining Star Trek reboot. With Star Trek, Abrams was able to please longtime fans, while also entertain a whole new audience, thus creating a new summer blockbuster to get behind. Star Trek Into Darkness is Abrams learning nothing as a filmmaker and simply revisiting moments that worked in the first film, while regressing in terms of character building. Into Darkness has bigger and better action, but it sacrifices what little smarts this new series had for popcorn-munching sci-fi that’s far from intelligent. Still, Star Trek Into Darkness is a fun summer blockbuster, even if it’s a little dumb at times."