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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 199
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 73

Critics Consensus: Its flagrantly silly script -- and immensely likable cast -- make up for most of its flaws.

62%
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: Its flagrantly silly script -- and immensely likable cast -- make up for most of its flaws.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 165,256

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Movie Info

"Hot Tub Time Machine" follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: Adam has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou is a party guy who can't find the party; Nick's wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob won't leave his basement. After, a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads' pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures - one will find a new love life, one will learn … More

Rating:
R (for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Josh Heald
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 29, 2010
Box Office:
$48.9M
Runtime:

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Critic Reviews for Hot Tub Time Machine

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (73) | DVD (6)

Well played, Hot Tub Time Machine, well played. You defied expectations, in a good way, and managed to evolve from "potentially silly concept" to "fairly funny film."

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Admirably turns a potentially one-note joke into a consistently funny package.

Full Review… | July 4, 2010
NPR
Top Critic

No masterpiece, perhaps, but Hot Tub Time Machine is post-pub perfection.

Full Review… | May 6, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Hugely raunchy and undeniably funny, with Cusack adding just a hint of sweetness.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010
Newsday
Top Critic

Director Steve Pink offsets the satire with moments of genuine warmth.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hot Tub Time Machine is funnier than any movie called Hot Tub Time Machine has a right to be. And how funny is that? Not very, but a little.

Full Review… | March 26, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

You might not fall out of your seat laughing, but the film is consistently enjoyable from start to the very clever and amusing finish and with its brisk 93 minutes, it's worth taking a dip in this tub.

Full Review… | December 3, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

What Hot Tub Time Machine critically lacks is any sense of wit in its humour. Vomit, urination, male nudity and gay panic jokes take up a large amount of the film's time.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
Trespass

Like most guy-centric films these days, this film is ragingly homophobic and misogynistic, and you know what? These are some of the best parts. It is a testament to the wit of the writers and the charisma of the cast that we are never turned off.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
The Aristocrat

If the filmmakers had thrown in some variety, it might have worked, because I'm sure they were going for more than just a feeling of indifference.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012
Examiner.com

Those drawn in by the name will surely get exactly what they expected and then some.

Full Review… | April 8, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

It not only wears its absurdity as a badge of honor, but quite literally looks us in the eye and dares us not to laugh.

Full Review… | October 25, 2011
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Yes, it's funny. Often really funny.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Through its slack editing and direction, Hot Tub Time Machine gives the impression of a halfhearted effort, as if the film's name and story were wacky enough that any old gag would do.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

it has the timing and insight of a Borscht Belt comic from the 1930s.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
Film Freak Central

The Hangover meets Back to the Future in this hilarious and unapologetically adult buddy chuckler.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
Palo Alto Weekly

Hot Tub Time Machine is rough around the edges ... [but] it offers us closure on a decade of great comedy -- from the very silly Anchorman to the deathly serious Funny People -- in which childish men are forced to grow the hell up.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010
Quickflix

Hollywood nam ovim filmom pokazuje da, s vremena na vrijeme, zna stare ideje iskoristiti na svje i zabavan način

Full Review… | September 12, 2010
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It doesn't care to explain how a jacuzzi becomes a de facto DeLorean ... nor does it get too bogged down in its butterfly effect meddlings -- it just wants to be a piece of good-times stupidness.

Full Review… | September 7, 2010
The Standard

Despite the naff-sounding name which could easily have been a throwaway offering, it's actually one of the more fun comedies which sees grown men reduced to acting like teenagers.

Full Review… | September 4, 2010

Despite being more muddled than a frat house 'cocktail', still manages to maintain a level of charm.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Eye for Film

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | July 29, 2010
Movies for the Masses

Greed is still good for these children of the 80s in the high concept mess Hot Tub Time Machine.

Full Review… | July 27, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Mindlessness done pretty well. Three middle-aged friends and a Gen Next tag along whose lives haven't turned out as they'd hoped travel back to 1986 via the titular device. Stupid fun ensues, some of it involving Crispin Glover.

Full Review… | July 3, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Hot Tub Time Machine

½

Was this film necessary? I think not -- unless you're a child of the 1980s who never matured emotionally. Awful acting and a worse script. The costumes were the only redeeming element of the film.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

With such a fantastic title, one would have hoped for an inventive script filled with wit and one liners. Sad to say, there's way too little in the wit department, although there are one or two laugh-out-loud lines.

Consider this - there's a running joke about a one armed porter, who, when the group goes back into the 80's, sees the same porter bi-limbed. Of course the coarsest of the group, drunken wimp loser Lou, can't wait to see the poor porter lose his limb. Ha Ha Ha - well, mildly amusing, but the payoff really doesn't do the setup justice.

The direction of Steve Pink (probably hiding his real identity with that fake non de plume), is way off base - terribly uneven, and lacking focus. The film starts with a bang, showing one of the "travelers" in his dead end job at a dog grooming facility called "Sup Dawg", but then quickly goes into travel log mode and an absolutely lame bit of skiing camaraderie (I doubt that these middle aged losers, especially the drunk, can even find ski bindings let alone race down the slopes).

A further indictment of weak direction is the over reliance on spewing vomit - using it frequently and almost insisting that the viewer regard this as humor - here's a subtle hint: I've never ever thought that viewing vomit, in any way shape or form, to be funny.

Acting wise - John Cusack is totally wasted here (and wtf - he gets wasted and then is totally unphased by all he has ingested and smoked a mere manner of moments later), and Rob Corrdry is vulgar and way too manic - spitting out his lines (and yes, vomit) as if his life depended on it.

The film does have a saving grace - a very strong cameo by Chevy Chase - who utters some truly profound nonsense... an exhibition of writing that far outstrips the rest of the script and makes you wonder if Chase didn't just ad lib the entire thing.

About the only other laugh out loud moment involves the divine intervention of a "magic squirrel", though I will give the writers credit for calling Corrdry's Lou character's band Motley Lew.

Yes, this is a misogynistic guy flick, but that's no excuse for a weak script and a crass equals funny directive. To belabor the obvious, I wish I had a hot tub time machine, so I could recover the 2 hours lost by watching this decidedly mediocre attempt (and gee, isn't that some witty repartee on my part???).

maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

Cusack, one of the producers as well as one of the stars, looks back at his 80's heart-throb roots and asks that we chuckle at the memories ... and sometimes we do in this raunchfest filled with cool 80's tunes. It wasn't like this back then, but it wouldn't have been so bad if it was like this. Kinda fun.

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

This is a silly plot. Middle aged men go back in time via a hot tub. Back to the 80s where they have to relive it all before getting back to reality.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Hot Tub Time Machine Quotes


April: You gotta embrace the chaos. You have to. That way, life might just astonish you.
– Submitted by Dann M (22 months ago)
Nick: First of all, Fuck you motherfucker!
– Submitted by Drew M (2 years ago)
Lou: Wait, I know that squirrel. That's a magic fuckin' squirrel!
– Submitted by Jeremy F (2 years ago)
Nick: Excuse me miss, what color is Michael Jackson?
– Submitted by Andrew B (2 years ago)
Jacob: Nobody wants to see your giant shit, Lou.
– Submitted by Marc F (2 years ago)
Nick: Looks like some kinda, Hot Tube Time Machine.
– Submitted by Jackson L (2 years ago)

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