Timeline (2003)



Critic Consensus: This incoherently plotted addition to the time-travel genre looks and sounds cheesy.

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Directing his first film since 1998's Lethal Weapon 4, Richard Donner helmed this big-budget adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel of the same name. Featuring a script by first-time screenwriter George Nolfi, Timeline begins in France in the near future. A group of students from Yale are there studying a medieval site, when their professor, played by Billy Connolly, mysteriously goes missing. To make matters more enigmatic, the students are then taken back to the United States by a shadowy technology company called ITC, led by Robert Doniger (David Thewlis). The eccentric Doniger explains that because of a machine that his company built, their professor is trapped in 14th century France. In order to rescue him, two of the students, Chris Hughes (Paul Walker) and Kate Erickson (Frances O'Connor), along with Andre Marek (Gerard Butler), an archeological site manager, must travel to France, circa 1357, amid archaic war, deadly diseases, and other unexpected pitfalls. Meanwhile, David Stern (Ethan Embry), a third student, stays behind to keep an eye on the shady Doniger. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
PG-13 (for intense battle sequences and brief language)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Lambert Wilson
as Arnaut de Cervole
Marton Csokas
as De Kere
Paul Walker
as Chris Johnston
David Thewlis
as Robert Doniger
Gerard Butler
as Andre Marek
Billy Connolly
as Professeur Johnston
Ethan Embry
as Josh Stern
Matt Craven
as Steven Kramer
Bruce Ramsay
as ITC Tech
Anna Friel
as Lady Claire
David La Haye
as Arnaut's Deputy
Neal McDonough
as Frank Gordon
Michael Sheen
as Lord Oliver
Frances O'Connor
as Kate Ericson
Cecile Cristobal
as ITC Tech
Cas Anvar
as E.R. Doctor
Amy Sloan
as Undergraduate
Rossif Sutherland
as Francois Dontelle
Richard Zeman
as Oliver's Lieutenant
Lynne Adams
as E.R. Doctor
Stéphanie Biddle
as E.R. Doctor
Christian Paul
as Archaeologist
Paul Tuerpé
as News Reporter
Christian Tessier
as MRI Technician
Patrick Sabongui
as Jimmy Gomez
Stephen Liska
as ITC Tech
Marie-Josee D'Amours
as Lord Oliver's Wife
Mike Chute
as Bill Baretto
Marian Collier
as Archaeologist
Edward J. Rosen
as Archaeologist
Marton Czokas
as De Kere
Lois Dellar
as E.R. Nurse
Stefanie Buxton
as ITC Tech
Jerry Moss
as Monk
Hilary Porter
as ITC Prep Room Nurse
Millie Tresierra
as Undergraduate
Luke Letourneau
as Lord Oliver's Son
Steve Kahn
as Baker
Ryan J. Wulff
as Undergraduate
Kathryn Stanleigh
as Doniger's Secretary
Alicia Wininger
as Lord Oliver's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Timeline

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (37)

This big-budget adventure is based on a recent Michael Crichton thriller, though its premise is too stale to instill the sense of wonder critical to great sci-fi.

Full Review… | November 5, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Yet another case of making time travel a messy ordeal rather than a load of fun, Timeline lacks the consistent tone, pace and point of view for either a science fiction thriller or medieval war adventure.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

C'est la 'B'! Timeline is crudely written, haphazardly acted, and improbably fun.

Full Review… | December 2, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's like Back to the Future without the laughs.

December 1, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.

November 26, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Resembles a Star Trek episode by way of Scooby-Doo.

November 26, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Timeline

I like time travel movies, but this one leaves a bit to be desired. Usually when I watch a time travel movie, I imagine how cool it would be to be in their place - to find out some lost history or to be the wise character (with all your future knowledge), but it would not have been fun to live back in 1357.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Some archaeologists realise their dream and get to travel back in time, only things don't go as well as they'd've hoped. With a loud music score and lots of running and chasing going on I had the impression that Donner barely tries to hide that one is actually watching an old silent movie serial updated with modern gee whiz technology. Soooo dumb I was almost insulted.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A pretty forgettable film that goes nowhere fast.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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