Back to the Future
Back to the Future (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is rousing a time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Kids and parents alike are gonna dig this wonderful fantasy.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It's big, cartoonish and empty, with an interesting premise that is underdeveloped and overproduced.

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Mark Monahan
Daily Telegraph

This fusion of sci-fi, action, romance and comedy could have been a dreadful mess, were it not for writer-director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale's refusal to let a loose line or idea escape their pens.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

Zemeckis and Gale have given the movie a core of feeling that makes real claims on us. For all its comedy, Back to the Future is about a kid coming to terms with his parents' inadequacies, a moment familiar to everyone, and the fulcrum in growing up.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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James O'Brien
Daily Mail [UK]

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The picture packs a wonderful wallop.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Just watched this for the first time in over a decade. This time in remastered high def picture and sound. My daughter and I loved it. She even cheered when… More
Eugene Bernabe
Smart, innovating and classical in every way. Robert Zemeckis' sci-fi adventure is filled with historical references that's constructive and filled… More
Bruce Bruce
I love Back to the Future. While having a typical 80s feel to it, which I like, I love how fun, irresistible and original the film is. The special effects are… More
Eric Shankle
A highly entertaining time-travel film that perfectly balances comedy and drama. The characters are memorable and the story is suspenseful and hilarious. Also,… More
Albert Kim
Oh yes, an 80's classic that still is the talk of the town whenever words like best blockbuster flicks of all time are thrown into a conversation. Quite… More
Mike S
There's not enough words in the dictionary to truly justify this movie's greatness. It's like asking what Einstein is to science or Leonardo Da… More