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The Time Machine

Sci-Fi . Action . Adventure . Science Fiction

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

Actors: Phyllida Law , Samantha Mumba , Guy Pearce , Max Baker , Orlando Jones , Sienna Guillory , Jeremy Irons , Omero Mumba , Mark Addy , Laura Kirk
Directors: Simon Wells
Country: USA
Release: 2002-03-08
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  • Steven Rea

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

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • William Arnold

    For the most part, it's imaginatively staged and consistently entertaining.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Delivers a thoughtful what-if for the heart as well as the mind.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    The Time Machine is, for the most part, a handsome, pleasant entertainment. Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Machine makes its look-to-the-future-not-the-past message as clear as a Grammy acceptance speech, but as an exploration of regret and the elusive quality of time, it falls well short of "Memento," another film starring a sad-eyed Pearce.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Amazingly stilted before accelerating into its exciting finish.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    As old-fashioned movie fun, this isn't bad, even -- especially? -- when it skirts the edge of silliness, and it's better than the 1960 George Pal version.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

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

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

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

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Clark

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Jay Carr

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

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

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

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The last 40 minutes descend further and further into nonsense, until we're in an underground grotto where Jeremy Irons plays a furry, cannibalistic albino with psychic powers and super-strength.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Deliberately quaint and old-fashioned, a once-over-slightly exercise in nostalgic wonder directed by the British-born great-grandson of H.G. Wells, who treats the spirit of his ancestor's novel with literal-minded fealty.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    In the new film, it's personal tragedy that provokes the journey, not social upheaval or even scientific curiosity -- which, predictably, makes for a story that's at once more familiar and less interesting.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    If Welles was unhappy at the prospect of the human race splitting in two, he probably wouldn't be too crazy with his great-grandson's movie splitting up in pretty much the same way.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The film has no spirit of inquiry -- no spirit at all, really.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Weirdly disjointed and uncertain as to tone.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Frank Lovece

    They STILL didn't get it right this TIME.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The film's two saving graces are the time machine itself -- a gorgeous, whirling array of burnished copper and blazing light -- and the CGI-created rise and fall of New York City.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    This uninviting and pallid version, starring Guy Pearce, is intent on grinding all the sharp edges off the original story, in effect making the movie childproof, so no one can get hurt touching it.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Breaks down when it gets to the distant future, which in this case isn't a good place to be stranded.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A witless recycling of the H.G. Wells story from 1895, with the absurdity intact but the wonderment missing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    So tedious it's almost worth watching to see just how bad acting, inadequate direction and most important, a criminally crass and unimaginative screenplay can make so little out of a proven idea.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The movie gives us a time machine that resembles a twin-engined Mixmaster and a script that was tossed together inside one.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    While there are some glittery bits in it, the film is frustrating, cluttered, inelegant and garish.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    If you want a movie time trip, the 1960 version is a far smoother ride.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    If it's remembered at all, it will be as a time capsule of early-21st-century blockbuster cowardice and redundancy.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Chris Gore

    I’m getting fed up with classic films being remade or ruined by being turned into “Special Editions” that are less than special.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Joyless and largely witless sci-fi fantasy.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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