The Time Machine Reviews

November 6, 2002
If H.G. Wells had a time machine and could take a look at his kin's reworked version, what would he say? 'It looks good, Sonny, but you missed the point.'
July 20, 2002
One of those staggeringly well-produced, joylessly extravagant pictures that keep whooshing you from one visual marvel to the next, hastily, emptily.
March 12, 2002
If it's remembered at all, it will be as a time capsule of early-21st-century blockbuster cowardice and redundancy.
March 9, 2002
They gave The Time Machine a major overhaul and ended up with a clunker.
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.
March 8, 2002
Amazingly stilted before accelerating into its exciting finish.
March 8, 2002
The film is weirdly disjointed and uncertain as to tone.
March 8, 2002
Simon Wells, whose other films include the animated The Prince of Egypt and Balto, manages to gut all the gee-whiz from the practically foolproof time-travel genre -- despite being H.G.'s real-life great-grandson.
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.
March 8, 2002
... unlike the shiny machine at its center, its timing is off, and it never quite soars.