Back to the Future
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Contemporary high schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and his lovely mother (Lea Thompson), who in turn suffer the bullying of middle-aged jerk Biff (Thomas F. Wilson), Marty's dad's supervisor. The one balm in Marty's life is his friendship with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd), who at present is working on a time machine. Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty inadvertently interferes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"It isn't often that extremely clever moviemakers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that's just what the people who made Back to the Future have done. This brilliant contraption of a film could become the hit of the summer."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The picture packs a wonderful wallop."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The humour, the pathos, the tension - even the blooming soundtrack - all conspire to ensure that the tale of a teenager traveling back 30 years to ensure his parents meet and ultimately mate can, given its vintage, now be fairly described as a classic."
‑ James O'Brien, Daily Mail [UK]
"It's great fun most of the way and makes up in humor what it lacks in sense."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Undeniably one of the greatest films of the 1980s and indeed, of all time, Back to the Future has endured so well because it walks that fine tightrope of managing to appeal to just about everyone..."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"It's big, cartoonish and empty, with an interesting premise that is underdeveloped and overproduced."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Performances by the earnest Fox, the lunatic Lloyd, the deceptively passionate Lea Thompson, and, particularly, the bumbling-to-confident Glover, who runs away with the picture, merrily keep the ship sailing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Under the splendid direction of Robert Zemeckis, who also co-authored the screenplay with Bob Gale, Back to the Future is a joyous flight into the domain of a teen-ager`s fantasy."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It was, is and always will be a true Hollywood classic."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"'80s time-travel favorite has laughs, romance, action."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"Zemeckis and Gale... give us two priceless scenes in which the young time-traveler simply regards his parents-to-be with wonderment, delight and empathy. And we cannot help but share that emotion and relate it to our own lives."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Director Robert Zemeckis confronts the oedipal heart of the time-travel genre with this zestfully tasteless 1985 tale about a teenager (Michael J. Fox) who is projected back to 1955 and then must arrange the romance of his parents."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Just sign on for the trip. Back to the Future offers the summer's most dazzling joyride."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"The most commercially popular of 1985."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"an undeniably fun film, one whose clever plotting, memorable characters, and deft balance of both wistful nostalgia and celebration of the here and now deserves comparisons to The Wizard of Oz"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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