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Back to the Future Reviews

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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 29, 2011
The picture packs a wonderful wallop.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 15, 2010
"Future" fandom resonates in the public imagination because it marries innocence with high-concept fun.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
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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.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The movie has all the benign good nature of a Frank Capra.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Zemeckis is able both to keep the story moving and to keep it from going too far. He handles Back to the Future with the kind of inventiveness that indicates he will be spinning funny, whimsical tall tales for a long time to come.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
So busy being clever that it trips over its own ingenuity.
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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
ReelViews
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