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Back to the Future Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002
Too cute, too clever, too damn smug.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
So busy being clever that it trips over its own ingenuity.
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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.
Sebastian Zavala Kahn
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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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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Chris Peachment
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The movie has all the benign good nature of a Frank Capra.
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.
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
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
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 25, 2009
Probably the most carefully-scripted blockbuster in Hollywood history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steven Snyder
Greater Milwaukee Today
December 12, 2002
A hilarious romp of time travel, sentimentality and, surprisingly, some genuine suspense
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Shows not only a fine comic touch but also some of the lighthearted humanism of a Frank Capra.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
July 3, 1985
One of the mid-'80s most enduring and enjoyable confections: an infectious mix of comedy, fantasy, satire, excitement, and nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 18, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 3, 1985
Crispin Glover and Christopher Lloyd are both standouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Great performances, clever concept, deft direction, lotsa laughs, and some real heart & soul. A true Popcorn Classic.
| 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
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