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Things to Come Reviews

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Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
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
MFB Critics
Monthly Film Bulletin
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.
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
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
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
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
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 28, 2010
Its lecture-dialogue stilted and ideas simplistic, 'Things to Come' is nevertheless a worthy visual experience.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
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.
Top Critic
Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
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.

TV Guide
May 31, 2007
A truly epic work which continues to fascinate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
William Thomas
Empire Magazine
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
Top Critic
Chris Wicking
Time Out
June 24, 2006
In the realm of 'prophetic science fiction', it is a genre landmark.
Mark Bourne
April 6, 2006
Wells' heart must have sunk as audiences avoided his impassioned and idealistic -- yet dour and didactic -- cri de coeur.
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 27, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 13, 2005
An astonishing black-and-white visualization of Wells' view of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 13, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 25, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 15, 2004
Landmark sci-fi achievement by Menzies, and still imitated.
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Jim Hall
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
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