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Things to Come Reviews

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April 18, 2016
Everyone in this Wellsian future loves it, except for a Luddite (Cedric Hardwicke). "What is the good of all this progress?" he declares. "We demand a rest!" He's supposed to be the villain, but I find him to be the film's most sympathetic character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 of 5
August 1, 2015
In all, this is a film which because of its conception and technical achievements demands to he seen and deserves careful and discriminating attention.
August 9, 2013
As troublesome as Wells' philosophy may be, especially his faith in technocracy, Things certainly helped urge the medium into a new era - another Nation's Birth of artistry, and ignorance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 12, 2013
(Wells) never imagined our 21st century gadgets would be so tiny; pocket-sized streaming devices for a population more interested in gazing at navels than at stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 13, 2013
a disappointing lesson learned about the limitations of amazing imagery bereft of interesting characters and narrative
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 28, 2010
Its lecture-dialogue stilted and ideas simplistic, 'Things to Come' is nevertheless a worthy visual experience.
February 5, 2009
Essential viewing today for anyone interested in the history of celluloid science fiction, but general audiences will most likely find it to be dull.
May 31, 2007
Things to Come is an unusual picture, a fantasy, if you will, with overtones of the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon comic strips. But it is, as well, a picture with ideas which have been expressed dramatically and with visual fascination.
May 31, 2007
A truly epic work which continues to fascinate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
May 31, 2007
This is England's first $1 million picture. It's an impressive but dull exposition of a bad dream.
May 14, 2007
Spookily prescient in many of its ideas, this is fascinating whilst being a little clumsy and dated, even for its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2006
In the realm of 'prophetic science fiction', it is a genre landmark.
April 6, 2006
Wells' heart must have sunk as audiences avoided his impassioned and idealistic -- yet dour and didactic -- cri de coeur.
May 13, 2005
An astonishing black-and-white visualization of Wells' view of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 15, 2004
Landmark sci-fi achievement by Menzies, and still imitated.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2003
At once dated and weirdly modern, this may not be the film Wells wanted it to be, but it's still more ambitious and impressive than most fantasy cinema of the past 30 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 7, 2002
Simplistic, but great looking and with a great Arthur Bliss score
| Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
[An] imaginative, only occasionally naive forecast of the age of nuclear warfare in 1936.
June 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 27, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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