The Theft of the Enterprise is a very well done sequence. Hell, the whole MOVIE is pretty well done. I'm with Linkara, I think Kruge is actually a pretty well done character. Not to mention, really powerhouse emotion.
Kirk: "Now, Scotty."
Kirk: "The doors, Mr. Scott."
Scotty: "Aye, sir, I'm workin' on it."
Kirk: <oh S#!t face >
Kirk's standoff against Kruge is also very well played; his stumble on learning of his son's death illustrated him at his most vulnerable (first Spock, now David).