Hot Tub Time Machine


Hot Tub Time Machine

Critics Consensus

Its flagrantly silly script -- and immensely likable cast -- make up for most of its flaws.



Total Count: 207


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User Ratings: 166,967
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"Hot Tub Time Machine" follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: Adam has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou is a party guy who can't find the party; Nick's wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob won't leave his basement. After, a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads' pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures - one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!

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Critic Reviews for Hot Tub Time Machine

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (49)

  • It may be a generational gap that turned me off, but I thought it was all quite ridiculous and the dialogue worse than coarse. Trust me and not those in their 30s. It is not worth your time.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • Well played, Hot Tub Time Machine, well played. You defied expectations, in a good way, and managed to evolve from "potentially silly concept" to "fairly funny film."

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel
    Top Critic
  • Admirably turns a potentially one-note joke into a consistently funny package.

    Jul 4, 2010 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    Top Critic
  • It's passably funny in spasms, but in the end the outright vulgarity palls and you wonder what the two leading ladies in the cast, Collette Wolfe and Lizzy Caplan, thought of it all. Not much, I'd say.

    May 13, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • No real sparks of genius, but some reasonable laughs.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Say what you will about The Hangover, but at least it had structure. At least it felt like an actual movie.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Hot Tub Time Machine

  • May 18, 2016
    Tiresome "comedy" replete with casual homophobia and an utter lack of proper female characters.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2015
    You would think a film about a time machine that's a hot tub wouldn't get much praise but it turns out you shouldn't judge a film by its title, It's funny, Gross in places all the cast were great and looked like they enjoyed filming it, The story has been done so many times but it works plus it's different to other time travel movies, It's way better than it should of been and a good way to kill time.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2015
    I did not to expect to enjoy this movie so much or laugh so hard, and I still laugh with each repeated viewing. One reason my expectation were low is that the whole time travel concept is so played out. However, with a title as ridiculous as this one, you know you're going to have fun! The plot delivers hope for all who have regrets and for whom life has churned out disappointments, but mostly it's the interplay between the characters that delivers. Cusack irritates me mostly, but not in this film-he's the rock that holds the group together. Its Rob Corddy's character Lou, that holds this film together. He's the loser friend that we all have who just wants to relive his glory years, and you get to do it with him here-and better the second time around (Louggle!) I love Craig Robinson in this too; I'd like to see more of his work. This is the best time travel movie since Back to the Future and one of the best buddy comedies in years. I like this one more than Wild Hogs or even The Hangover. Since this is my generation, nostalgia does contribute to the experience, but anyone will enjoy this visit to the glory days of MTV and "Red Dawn." Don't you wish you'd been at Kodiak Valley for Winterfest 86?
    Clintus M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2014
    Well. I guess you can say this is the best movie about a hot tub time machine that I've ever seen. But I mean, the sequel's coming out soon, so who knows.
    Alice S Super Reviewer

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