Things to Come
Things to Come (1936)

H. G. Wells was both the author of the original source -- an essay, rather than an actual novel, concerning mankind's future -- and the screenplay (in conjunction with Lajos Biro) of this epic science fiction tale, but it was producer… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2000
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92%
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55%

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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Eerily prescient in its presentation of a dystopian future, Things to Come's special effects may be somewhat dated, but its potent ideas haven't aged at all.

Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

Things to Come is an unusual picture, a fantasy, if you will, with overtones of the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon comic strips. But it is, as well, a picture with ideas which have been expressed dramatically and with visual fascination.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

[An] imaginative, only occasionally naive forecast of the age of nuclear warfare in 1936.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a disappointing lesson learned about the limitations of amazing imagery bereft of interesting characters and narrative

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Variety

This is England's first $1 million picture. It's an impressive but dull exposition of a bad dream.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film International

As troublesome as Wells' philosophy may be, especially his faith in technocracy, Things certainly helped urge the medium into a new era - another Nation's Birth of artistry, and ignorance.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Its lecture-dialogue stilted and ideas simplistic, 'Things to Come' is nevertheless a worthy visual experience.

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Chris Wicking
Time Out

In the realm of 'prophetic science fiction', it is a genre landmark.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(Wells) never imagined our 21st century gadgets would be so tiny; pocket-sized streaming devices for a population more interested in gazing at navels than at stars.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Essential viewing today for anyone interested in the history of celluloid science fiction, but general audiences will most likely find it to be dull.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I do give this movie credit for being one of the only sci-fi movies of the thirties, seriously I couldn't find that many, there were about two or three… More
Cindy I
This early sci-fi film, based on an H.G. Wells story, is a good try, but not the classic I had been led to believe it is. Decent special effects for the… More
Byron Brubaker
There is quite a discrepancy between the RT Critic Score and the Flixster User Score for this one. I'd read good things about this film in lists of great… More