Back to the Future
Back to the Future (1985)

Contemporary high schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 3, 1985
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is rousing a time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Zemeckis and Gale have cannily chosen the time periods, which are funny as much for their similarities (political and materalistic) as their contrasts (music, fashions, language).

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

Zemeckis and Gale have given the movie a core of feeling that makes real claims on us. For all its comedy, Back to the Future is about a kid coming to terms with his parents' inadequacies, a moment familiar to everyone, and the fulcrum in growing up.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The 1985 original, in which Marty and Doc zoom 30 years back to 1955, remains the best.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Every bit as classy, clever and cockle-warming as it was 30 years ago.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It isn't often that extremely clever moviemakers use their brains in the service of pure fun. But that's just what the people who made Back to the Future have done. This brilliant contraption of a film could become the hit of the summer.

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Sebastian Zavala Kahn

A great mix of fantasy, humor and drama, with a light tone but not in a ridiculous way and with well built characters you can identify with. [Full review in Spanish]

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Kids and parents alike are gonna dig this wonderful fantasy.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

It's big, cartoonish and empty, with an interesting premise that is underdeveloped and overproduced.

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Derek Malcolm

Though it is hardly one of the greater flights of cinematic imagination to be seen since science fantasy reared its head as mass appeal material again, it would be virtually impossible not to enjoy it in some way or another.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Just watched this for the first time in over a decade. This time in remastered high def picture and sound. My daughter and I loved it. She even cheered when… More
Eugene Bernabe
Smart, innovating and classical in every way. Robert Zemeckis' sci-fi adventure is filled with historical references that's constructive and filled… More
Bruce Bruce
I love Back to the Future. While having a typical 80s feel to it, which I like, I love how fun, irresistible and original the film is. The special effects are… More
Eric Shankle
A highly entertaining time-travel film that perfectly balances comedy and drama. The characters are memorable and the story is suspenseful and hilarious. Also,… More
Albert Kim
Oh yes, an 80's classic that still is the talk of the town whenever words like best blockbuster flicks of all time are thrown into a conversation. Quite… More
Mike S
There's not enough words in the dictionary to truly justify this movie's greatness. It's like asking what Einstein is to science or Leonardo Da… More