I remember the flyby of the TMP Enterprise getting a standing ovation on opening night. Then again, Chekov
got a standing ovation, so it was that kind of night. The only thing I remember people grumbling about at the time was the way the movie recycled the plot of "The Changeling." I remember jokes along the lines of "Where Nomad Has Gone Before."
But I don't remember any bitching of the ship itself. It was the Starship Enterprise
--on the big screen! What else mattered?