The Time Machine
The Time Machine (2002)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 23, 2002
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29%
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37%


Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This Machine has all the razzle-dazzles of modern special effects, but the movie takes a turn for the worst when it switches from a story about lost love to a confusing action-thriller.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.'

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

They gave The Time Machine a major overhaul and ended up with a clunker.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A good movie based on H.G. Wells' classic novel.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of those staggeringly well-produced, joylessly extravagant pictures that keep whooshing you from one visual marvel to the next, hastily, emptily.

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A loud annoying movie with poor directing and plot holes galore...

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Dennis Lim
Village Voice

If it's remembered at all, it will be as a time capsule of early-21st-century blockbuster cowardice and redundancy.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Amazingly stilted before accelerating into its exciting finish.

Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

The Time Machine is harmless, if ineffectual fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Film full of potential, but is an awful train wreck, The Time Machine is one of those films that has an ambitious idea, but wastes it due to the fact that the… More
Mike S
Great special effects, but as for the script and acting, well, it could surely have been a lot better. It's a shame how much potential is lost here, due to… More
Anthony Lawrie
It's pretty cool that this was directed by HG Wells's Great-Grandson but also pretty shocking that he did such a bad job of it. The acting is… More
Dead Angel
I remember reading a book that was pretty similar was this movie. I was happy to see this. It's a good movie.
Carlos Magalh„es
A simplistic yet entertaining adaptation of Wells' story that removes the smart social commentary and invests in action with little imagination. It has… More
Kylie B
I admit to having not seen the original or read the book, but I was a deal more entertained by this than I was expecting. This is mainly because of two elements… More

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