• Released
  • March 8, 2002
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 36 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film, in its early going, also has a nice light humor about it, and an engaging, albeit tragic, love story.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A revisiting of George Pal's 1960 adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel. Pal's take on the book was visually delightful and occasionally clever; this one is always workmanlike and mainly pedestrian.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Most of Wells' details are there, and so is the basic premise, but the soul of the thing -- the point -- is missing.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's something wrong with a time-travel movie that allows an audience's interest to drift so that we have time to worry over where he's parked, and whether he remembered to take his key.
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50

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The best thing about the new film of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine is the machine.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Deliberately quaint and old-fashioned, a once-over-slightly exercise in nostalgic wonder directed by the British-born great-grandson of H.G. Wells, who treats the spirit of his ancestor's novel with literal-minded fealty.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Drab as it is, the movie is not impossible to endure -- in part because the concept has a timeless appeal.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a movie that robs the story of its politics and point and never really matches the charm of the '60s film.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Wells' vision of the distant future is cartoonishly simplistic without the subtext of British class consciousness that informed the novel.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Joyless and largely witless sci-fi fantasy.
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42 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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