Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)



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

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 to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!more
Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Josh Heald, John Morris, Sean Anders
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 2010
Box Office: $48.9M


Chevy Chase
as Repairman
Aliu Oyofo
as Young Nick
Jake Rose
as Young Adam
Brook Bennett
as Young Lou
Viv Leacock
as Courtney's Dad
Jamie Switch
as Massive Cell Phone G...
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Critic Reviews for Hot Tub Time Machine

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (43)

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
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 4, 2010
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

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

Audience Reviews for Hot Tub Time Machine


I did not to expect to enjoy this movie so much or laugh so hard, and I still laugh with each repeated viewing. One reason my expectation were low is that the whole time travel concept is so played out. However, with a title as ridiculous as this one, you know you're going to have fun! The plot delivers hope for all who have regrets and for whom life has churned out disappointments, but mostly it's the interplay between the characters that delivers. Cusack irritates me mostly, but not in this film-he's the rock that holds the group together. Its Rob Corddy's character Lou, that holds this film together. He's the loser friend that we all have who just wants to relive his glory years, and you get to do it with him here-and better the second time around (Louggle!) I love Craig Robinson in this too; I'd like to see more of his work.
This is the best time travel movie since Back to the Future and one of the best buddy comedies in years. I like this one more than Wild Hogs or even The Hangover. Since this is my generation, nostalgia does contribute to the experience, but anyone will enjoy this visit to the glory days of MTV and "Red Dawn." Don't you wish you'd been at Kodiak Valley for Winterfest 86?

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

Well. I guess you can say this is the best movie about a hot tub time machine that I've ever seen. But I mean, the sequel's coming out soon, so who knows.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


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.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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