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The Time Machine Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Joyless and largely witless sci-fi fantasy.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Drab as it is, the movie is not impossible to endure -- in part because the concept has a timeless appeal.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Deliberately quaint and old-fashioned, a once-over-slightly exercise in nostalgic wonder directed by the British-born great-grandson of H.G. Wells, who treats the spirit of his ancestor's novel with literal-minded fealty.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    It's a movie that robs the story of its politics and point and never really matches the charm of the '60s film.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some graphic violence, including tense peril. Some characters die.

  • Families can talk about where they would go if they had a time machine. Would you travel to the past or the future? What would they change if they could? Characters in this story make choices about what to accept and what to fight ? choices that turn out to be wrong. How do you decide? How do you decide what problems to talk about, and what to ignore?

What to watch for
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    Violence: Characters killed Intense peril, scary monsters

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    Sex: None

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    Language: None

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: None