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The Time Machine Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 8, 2002
The worst news isn't that this Time Machine is lacking in humanity. It's that screenwriter John Logan has been given the job of writing the next Star Trek movie, Nemesis. That is bad news for the Enterprise gang.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2002
The Time Machine is a witless recycling of the H.G. Wells story from 1895, with the absurdity intact but the wonderment missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 8, 2002
The Time Machine is stupid -- too stupid for the impressive special effects or the competently directed action sequences to wash away the bitter taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
March 8, 2002
... a listless, plodding, mumble of a film that gets so bogged down in special effects that it never comes close to capturing the adventurous spirit of the classic H.G. Wells story.
| Original Score: D
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Modern take on H.G. Wells's sci-fi classic has great special effects but isn't especially affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
March 8, 2002
It's rare to see a movie that takes such a speedy swan dive from "promising" to "interesting" to "familiar" before landing squarely on "stupid".
| Original Score: 58/100
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 7, 2002
Time Machine never lives up to the promise of its first half-hour.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
September 18, 2002
A few pieces of the film buzz and whir; very little of it actually clicks. The thing just never gets off the ground.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
March 6, 2002
The Time Machine is a loopy love story with good special effects but a storyline that's logically incomprehensible.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 8, 2002
The film is weirdly disjointed and uncertain as to tone.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
March 9, 2002
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.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
March 9, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 8, 2002
Midway through the movie, just when it seems that it might amount to something interesting, we're suddenly transported to the set of a very bad remake of Planet Of The Apes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 11, 2002
Stripped of all the ingenuity and observations that made the original story worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A loud annoying movie with poor directing and plot holes galore...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
March 8, 2002
It's doubtful there will be a Time Machine 2 in our movie future.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
March 7, 2002
The good news is that this journey might span 800,000 years, but it will only suck 90 minutes out of your life.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 7, 2002
Overall, the movie lacks warmth and heart.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 6, 2002
A preposterous action-adventure that smacks heavily of the laborious "The Mummy".
| Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 27, 2009
Rebecca Murray
About.com
December 17, 2002
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
April 3, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 12, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
December 15, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 15, 2003
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 9, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

FilmFour.com
June 4, 2002

Guardian
June 10, 2002

CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2002

FilmStew.com
February 1, 2004
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