He also shared the screen with Malcolm McDowell. Had the scenes on the Enterprise-D been going on at the same time, they would've held my attention a lot more.
I disagree though, I mean Frakes isn't brilliant and McFadden was pretty underused but they're still better than Shatner imo. His performances never seem natural to me, it seems like he's just trying to get attention and it falls flat on its arse with me.
McDowell wasn't part of the Next Gen cast and honestly, he out acted both Stewart and Shatner in the film.
There's a reason Shatner still gets work fifty years into his career and the Next Gen cast struggles outside of Stewart and Spiner. They're bit actors and nothing more, just like Nichols, Doohan, Takei and Koenig. Who Stewart and Spiner would act rings around.