The Time Machine
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The classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells becomes this big-budget adventure directed by the author's great-grandson Simon Wells. Guy Pearce stars as Alexander Hartdegen, a scientist, professor, and inventor in 1895 New York City who believes that time travel is possible. The sudden and unexpected death of his fiancée spurs Alexander to build a time machine, which he hopes to use in an effort to change the past. When he is unable to change the past, Alexander hurls himself more than 800,000 years into the future, seeking answers about the nature of time, but instead encountering a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If H.G. Wells had a time machine and could take a look at his kin's reworked version, what would he say? 'It looks good, Sonny, but you missed the point.'"
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"They gave The Time Machine a major overhaul and ended up with a clunker."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A good movie based on H.G. Wells' classic novel."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This remake of the 1960 sci-fi feature (based on Wells famous novel) fails to take advantage of the new technology to make the tale more effective."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...The computer-generated wizardry is certainly present and accounted for, even if the opportunity for social commentary or literary integrity has been left largely untapped."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"One of those staggeringly well-produced, joylessly extravagant pictures that keep whooshing you from one visual marvel to the next, hastily, emptily."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"In the new film, it's personal tragedy that provokes the journey, not social upheaval or even scientific curiosity -- which, predictably, makes for a story that's at once more familiar and less interesting."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"A loud annoying movie with poor directing and plot holes galore..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Dishwater: 10, Wells: 0"
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Entertaining, but missing a suitable point."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"If it's remembered at all, it will be as a time capsule of early-21st-century blockbuster cowardice and redundancy."
‑ Dennis Lim, Village Voice
"Amazingly stilted before accelerating into its exciting finish."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The Time Machine is harmless, if ineffectual fun."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"If I had a time machine that could take me back only four hours, I'd take my nine dollars, find the original movie at a video store, and spend the rest on an In N'Out Burger."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"While this remake of the H.G. Wells' classic novel and 1960 film is indeed a stunning achievement in special effects, his great- grandson and director Simon Wells really needs to go back a year and get the sadly lacking script rewritten."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
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