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Timeline Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 5, 2008
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.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
December 2, 2003
C'est la 'B'! Timeline is crudely written, haphazardly acted, and improbably fun.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 1, 2003
It's like Back to the Future without the laughs.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
November 26, 2003
Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 26, 2003
Resembles a Star Trek episode by way of Scooby-Doo.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 26, 2003
Curiously lacking in energy, which may be the result of an obviously cut-rate production budget that skimps on the sci-fi sizzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 26, 2003
This dunderheaded mix of sci-fi and medieval skull-bashing should have been called Monty Python and the Holey Time Machine.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 26, 2003
An accidental comedy trapped in sci-fi/action garb, like those actors swathed in their medieval tunics, stumbling and lurching along.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 26, 2003
The direction by Richard Donner ... is usually a beat or two off, and the dialogue seems clumsily ad-libbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 26, 2003
Bad history. Bad science. Bad acting. Bad movie.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 26, 2003
It looks like cheesy '60s television, with paper-thin characters and crummy special effects that wouldn't even have made it in the last season of Star Trek.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 26, 2003
Suggests a particularly wretched episode of Star Trek tricked out with fancy fireworks and weighed down with a score that grinds away like a cement mixer.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
November 26, 2003
This is not just a 'B-movie' -- it's a B-movie that fails to entertain on any level.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 26, 2003
An instant contender for cult status on the midnight-movie circuit, where lines like 'Do we look like quantum wormhole specialists?' will be given the respect they deserve.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 26, 2003
Where are the Knights Who Say 'Ni!' when we need them?
| Original Score: C-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 26, 2003
Plays out like a 1950s B-movie with a fat special-effects budget.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
November 26, 2003
Lacking both will and budget, the filmmakers have done the honorable thing and given us a sweetly stupid, mercifully brisk bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 26, 2003
This Dude, Where's My Sword-time travel mess is funnier than a good many intentional comedies.
| Original Score: D
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 26, 2003
It looks like a lame made-for-TV movie, features a no-name cast and revolves around a hackneyed idea.
| Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 26, 2003
Just once I'd like to see a time-travel movie inspired by true curiosity about the past, instead of by a desire to use it as a setting for action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 26, 2003
It's long, sloppy, and -- to both the quantum-physics ignorant and informed -- steadily implausible, never exciting in either its skill or its ludicrousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 26, 2003
As fantasy-adventures go, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy makes this one look like a Hobbit belch.
| Original Score: C-
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 26, 2003
Lacks sense and suspense in equal measure.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 25, 2003
Gives Gigli serious competition for worst film of the year honors.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 25, 2003
A cross between Jurassic Park and those traveling Renaissance fairs where gnawing on turkey legs and peering at the padded bosoms of college kids pretending to be wenches is supposed to make us feel medieval.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2003
By turns risibly puerile and purely risible, the screenplay groans under the weight of its multiple platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 25, 2003
A not-so-excellent Bill & Ted adventure.
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Bryan Curtis
Slate
November 25, 2003
Here [Walker] has been given the heart-rending role of, uh, Paul Walker, and I'm sad to report he's not up to the task.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 25, 2003
Despite choppy, clunky moments, it leaves you with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 25, 2003
There's a lot of action and nifty special effects in a climactic battle scene. But the movie pays only fleeting attention to other matters, including character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 25, 2003
An overgrown TV episode, another wearisome journey into the past where modern 20-somethings gape in wonder at knights in shining armor, who respond by trying to skewer these reality-show rejects with authentic rubber swords.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 25, 2003
This movie is in desperate need of a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 25, 2003
Easily the best Dude, Where's My Century? flick since Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 25, 2003
Whatever provocative notions this concept carried are smothered over by dissonance and contrivance.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 25, 2003
Most of the time, it's fun to watch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 24, 2003
Harmless fun with a game cast in the grand tradition of '50s B movies that don't seem to realize how funny their dialogue is.