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Back to the Future Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 24, 2015
The 1985 original, in which Marty and Doc zoom 30 years back to 1955, remains the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sebastian Zavala Kahn
Cinencuentro
October 21, 2015
A great mix of fantasy, humor and drama, with a light tone but not in a ridiculous way and with well built characters you can identify with. [Full review in Spanish]
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 21, 2015
Zemeckis and Gale have cannily chosen the time periods, which are funny as much for their similarities (political and materalistic) as their contrasts (music, fashions, language).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Derek Malcolm
Guardian
October 21, 2015
Though it is hardly one of the greater flights of cinematic imagination to be seen since science fantasy reared its head as mass appeal material again, it would be virtually impossible not to enjoy it in some way or another.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 20, 2015
Every bit as classy, clever and cockle-warming as it was 30 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
July 7, 2015
Kids and parents alike are gonna dig this wonderful fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post
June 23, 2015
Zemeckis and Gale have given the movie a core of feeling that makes real claims on us. For all its comedy, Back to the Future is about a kid coming to terms with his parents' inadequacies, a moment familiar to everyone, and the fulcrum in growing up.
Mark Monahan
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 23, 2015
This fusion of sci-fi, action, romance and comedy could have been a dreadful mess, were it not for writer-director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale's refusal to let a loose line or idea escape their pens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James O'Brien
Daily Mail (UK)
June 26, 2013
The humour, the pathos, the tension - even the blooming soundtrack - all conspire to ensure that the tale of a teenager traveling back 30 years to ensure his parents meet and ultimately mate can, given its vintage, now be fairly described as a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 26, 2013
Under the splendid direction of Robert Zemeckis, who also co-authored the screenplay with Bob Gale, Back to the Future is a joyous flight into the domain of a teen-ager`s fantasy.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
June 26, 2013
Just sign on for the trip. Back to the Future offers the summer's most dazzling joyride.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 26, 2013
It isn't often that extremely clever moviemakers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that's just what the people who made Back to the Future have done. This brilliant contraption of a film could become the hit of the summer.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2013
It's big, cartoonish and empty, with an interesting premise that is underdeveloped and overproduced.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 26, 2013
It's great fun most of the way and makes up in humor what it lacks in sense.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2013
Zemeckis and Gale... give us two priceless scenes in which the young time-traveler simply regards his parents-to-be with wonderment, delight and empathy. And we cannot help but share that emotion and relate it to our own lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
It was, is and always will be a true Hollywood classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 21, 2011
The most commercially popular of 1985.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 29, 2011
The picture packs a wonderful wallop.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 16, 2011
Undeniably one of the greatest films of the 1980s and indeed, of all time, Back to the Future has endured so well because it walks that fine tightrope of managing to appeal to just about everyone...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
'80s time-travel favorite has laughs, romance, action.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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