The Time Machine (2002) Synopsis
A man (Guy Pearce) travels into the future and battles monsters.
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Joyless and largely witless sci-fi fantasy.
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Rated PG-13 | For Intense Action Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ A good movie based on H.G. Wells' classic novel.
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