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Back to the Future Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 28, 2010
an undeniably fun film, one whose clever plotting, memorable characters, and deft balance of both wistful nostalgia and celebration of the here and now deserves comparisons to The Wizard of Oz
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
R. L. Shaffer
October 25, 2010
Back to the Future is one of the best popcorn movies ever made. It's ingenuity, time-traveling twist ups and wonderfully vibrant characters resonate in ways few films ever achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rubin Safaya
October 25, 2010
It's a timeless joke that never gets old: One day you will grow up to be your parents and they'll have the last laugh. The innovation here was in telling the joke backwards.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Top Critic
Eric Kohn
October 15, 2010
"Future" fandom resonates in the public imagination because it marries innocence with high-concept fun.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 6, 2010
A little more sophistication would have been no bad thing -- but a good script keeps it zipping along.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 2, 2010
Delightful and sophisticated to a degree beyond the dreams of today's movies in similar vein.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
September 30, 2010
Zemeckis' popcorn classic combines watertight scripting with broad but brilliant performances, all held together by Fox's stumbling charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Bradshaw
September 30, 2010
The counter-Freudian drama is handled with easy wit and flair, like a Shakespearian disguise comedy, and it made a whopping star of Fox.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
September 30, 2010
This irresistible combination of dazzling effects and sly comedy propelled Michael J Fox to stardom and Robert Zemeckis to the front rank of Hollywood directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
September 29, 2010
This film is WASTED on kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 27, 2010
Boasts probably the tightest screenplay of any film in Zemeckis's body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Josh Larsen
March 1, 2009
Thompson's funny, carnal performance forces us all to face an ugly truth: once, our moms might have been prowling teens too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 25, 2009
Probably the most carefully-scripted blockbuster in Hollywood history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
May 5, 2008
Performances by the earnest Fox, the lunatic Lloyd, the deceptively passionate Lea Thompson, and, particularly, the bumbling-to-confident Glover, who runs away with the picture, merrily keep the ship sailing.
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
May 5, 2008
To put it bluntly: if you don't like Back To The Future, it's difficult to believe that you like films at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

May 5, 2008
Amongst the finest family films of the 1980s.

TV Guide
February 26, 2007
Robert Zemeckis's direction, like the technical contributions, is first-rate, and after an ambling start takes off into frenetic, non-stop fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 26, 2007
Director Robert Zemeckis confronts the oedipal heart of the time-travel genre with this zestfully tasteless 1985 tale about a teenager (Michael J. Fox) who is projected back to 1955 and then must arrange the romance of his parents.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2006
An unqualified success, boasting an incredibly sharp screenplay and tons of appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Null
September 16, 2006
A classic adventure that holds up perfectly today.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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