The Time Machine
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In George Pal's version of the H.G. Wells classic, Rod Taylor stars as George, a young scientist fascinated with the concept of time travel. On December 31, 1899, George seats himself in his jerry-built time machine and thrusts himself forward into 1917. A dyed-in-the-wool pacifist, George is distressed to see that World War I is raging all about him. He moves past the 1920s and 1930s into the 1940s, only to be confronted by another, even more terrible war. Next he stops in 1966, just as London is destroyed in a nuclear explosion. Retreating to his Time Machine, George is sealed in his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Parts of it are colorful and imaginative, but the film flattens out toward the end."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Seen today, The Time Machine remains a reasonably elaborate affair, with impressive production values and fine special effects (even if these are somewhat dated,"
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"Pal's movie is a brightly colored sweetmeat with all the indicting political ideology of a buttered scone."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Still the best."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Um clássico que, como seu protagonista, sobreviveu ao tempo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The quaint time machine and Oscar-winning special effects hold one's interest initially, but the overall effect is one of glossy emptiness."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A colorful special effects film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Somewhat dated, and not quite up to the source material, but still some good retro fun."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"As an adaptation? Sure, not so good. But as a classic sci-fi flick? Yeah, sure, it's harmless."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Pure delight, a sci-fi fantasy you will never forget"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The drama, for all its invention, is creaky and a bit passé."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This smashing science-fiction adaptation of H.G. Wells's famous novel has more creativity in every frame than most latter-day rip-offs have in their entirety."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A unmistakable product of its time, but lovingly rendered and always respectful of its source."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Quaint sci-fi that's still engaging without being convincing."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The granddaddy of all time travel movies. Grand fun."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
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