Back to the Future Reviews

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June 26, 2020
"Back to the Future" is the best comic-strip movie I've seen this year. It's well-made, lighthearted and is exactly the right length to give you excitement and laughs and a few surprises, and then it's over, leaving you feeling good.
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).
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.
October 20, 2015
Every bit as classy, clever and cockle-warming as it was 30 years ago.
July 7, 2015
Kids and parents alike are gonna dig this wonderful fantasy.
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.
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.
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.
June 26, 2013
It's big, cartoonish and empty, with an interesting premise that is underdeveloped and overproduced.
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.
March 29, 2011
The picture packs a wonderful wallop.
October 15, 2010
"Future" fandom resonates in the public imagination because it marries innocence with high-concept fun.
October 6, 2010
A little more sophistication would have been no bad thing -- but a good script keeps it zipping along.
October 2, 2010
Delightful and sophisticated to a degree beyond the dreams of today's movies in similar vein.
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.
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.
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.
January 26, 2006
The movie has all the benign good nature of a Frank Capra.
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.
January 1, 2000
So busy being clever that it trips over its own ingenuity.
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