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Directing his first film since 1998's Lethal Weapon 4, Richard Donner helmed this big-budget adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel of the same name. Featuring a script by first-time screenwriter George Nolfi, Timeline begins in France in the near future. A group of students from Yale are there studying a medieval site, when their professor, played by Billy Connolly, mysteriously goes missing. To make matters more enigmatic, the students are then taken back to the United States by a shadowy technology company called ITC, led by Robert Doniger (David Thewlis). The eccentric Doniger… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

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"This big-budget adventure is based on a recent Michael Crichton thriller, though its premise is too stale to instill the sense of wonder critical to great sci-fi."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's like Back to the Future without the laughs."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Weakly entertaining Middle Ages fantasy."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"In Michael Crichton's oeuvre, this is more The 13th Warrior than Westworld. Silly larks for young boys with liberal parents."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"If only I could go back in time to convince myself not to watch this ludicrous time travel yarn which 'faxes' a group of uninteresting characters back to the 1300s to screw up the space-time continuum."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Yet another case of making time travel a messy ordeal rather than a load of fun, Timeline lacks the consistent tone, pace and point of view for either a science fiction thriller or medieval war adventure."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"A competent cast keeps this eccentric time travel movie (based on a Michael Crichton novel) amusing if far from successful."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"...one of the least effective Crichton adaptations to date."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It is just bland and easily forgettable."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"C'est la 'B'! Timeline is crudely written, haphazardly acted, and improbably fun."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"Resembles a Star Trek episode by way of Scooby-Doo."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Timeline takes the most ridiculous movie plot ever and multiplies it by ten."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It's all a bit too near fetched to be a great movie, it's still fun."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It comes up short in both plot and quality."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
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