I don't buy into that argument anyway, personally. In this case I just finished reading the first book (am already halfway through the second) and I can say that the film improves on the book in a number of sequences. Although I didn't appreciate how dark things were at the end until I read the book. Actually reviews have been fairly good, I would say higher than probably two-thirds of the ST films.
It's still playing in theaters here, maybe you could still find it in your area. Even a really cheap theater would be preferable to a TV screen. The cinematography and sound in this movie have a rather nice non-commercial vibe going for them, so that a cheap theater would more than suffice. In a time when I swear I cannot bloody tell anymore which movies are shot on film, this one looked like film.