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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's something wrong with a time-travel movie that allows an audience's interest to drift so that we have time to worry over where he's parked, and whether he remembered to take his key. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Drab as it is, the movie is not impossible to endure -- in part because the concept has a timeless appeal. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Joyless and largely witless sci-fi fantasy. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film, in its early going, also has a nice light humor about it, and an engaging, albeit tragic, love story. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Wells' vision of the distant future is cartoonishly simplistic without the subtext of British class consciousness that informed the novel. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A revisiting of George Pal's 1960 adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel. Pal's take on the book was visually delightful and occasionally clever; this one is always workmanlike and mainly pedestrian. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's a movie that robs the story of its politics and point and never really matches the charm of the '60s film. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Most of Wells' details are there, and so is the basic premise, but the soul of the thing -- the point -- is missing. show more

  • 50
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The best thing about the new film of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine is the machine. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The Time Machine is stupid -- too stupid for the impressive special effects or the competently directed action sequences to wash away the bitter taste. show more

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