^ Um, ever seen ST IV: The One With The Whales. Light hearted adventure with a moral dilemma.
The TNG movies lost their way with letting Stewart and Spiner run the creative process instead of acting in movies. They never brought in a real thinker, like Nick Meyer to reduce TNG to it's most successful elements (FC comes closest) and elevate it into true motion picture worthy adventure.
ST II III and IV were all made on budgets but with scale. TNG films had more money and less scope, looking like TV movies of the week.