MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 738 this week

The Time Machine (2002)

5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 88,859 users   Metascore: 42/100
Reviews: 607 user | 123 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (earlier screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 03 Sep 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 26 Sep 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 49 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Time Machine (2002)

The Time Machine (2002) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Time Machine.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Outlander (2008)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During the reign of the Vikings, Kainan, a man from a far-off world, crash lands on Earth, bringing with him an alien predator known as the Moorwen. Though both man and monster are seeking revenge for violence committed against them, Kainan leads the alliance to kill the Moorwen by fusing his advanced technology with the Viking's Iron Age weaponry.

Director: Howard McCain
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Ron Perlman
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A substance, designed to help the brain repair itself, gives rise to a super-intelligent chimp who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy.

Directors: Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.

Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Star Trek (2009)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.

Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
The Matrix (1999)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former Australian policeman is rescued by a tribe of children when he is banished from a desert town and sent into the desert to die by the desert town's evil queen.

Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence
Æon Flux (2005)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is a sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.

Director: Karyn Kusama
Stars: Charlize Theron, Frances McDormand, Sophie Okonedo
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.

Director: Irvin Kershner
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
John W. Momrow ...
Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
...
Jeffrey M. Meyer ...
Central Park Carriage Driver
...
Über-Morlock
...
...
...
...
Vox
...
Soldier #1
Edit

Storyline

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. Written by Tim1370

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The greatest adventure THROUGH all time! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Time Machine  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$450,608 (Japan) (9 August 2002)

Gross:

$4,156,558 (Japan) (9 August 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A picture of H.G. Wells is visible in Alexander's house in several shots. See more »

Goofs

One of the pocket watches in Alex's collection was actually a Swiss made design that was not introduced until around 1920, and thus would not have been produced in 1899. See more »

Quotes

Vox: Can you even imagine what it's like to remember everything? I remember this six-year-old girl who asked me about dinosaurs 800,000 years ago. I remember the last book I recommended: Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe. And yes, I even remember you. "Time travel, practical application."
See more »

Connections

References L.A. Confidential (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Place Called Tomorrow
Written by Alan Zachary
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Simon Wells Spits on his Grandpa's Grave
29 July 2003 | by (Takoma Park, MD) – See all my reviews

H.G. Wells is spinning. No doubt about it.

Really, this would have been a decent sci-fi/adventure movie, if it hadn't been based on a classic novel and directed by the author's grandson. I kept hearing about how this would be the definitive version of the novel. What resulted was a pathetic and simpleminded bastardization.

The novel is a great sci-fi story but what a lot of people miss when they read it (probably because they read it when they're very young) is that it's overflowing with social commentary. The Eloi and Morlocks are a satire of the class distinctions of Victorian England, and the overall message of the film is that EVERYTHING DECAYS AND DEGENERATES, a satiric jab at Victorian complacency and their belief that their civilization would last forever. There's no love story, no romance with a beautiful Eloi woman....in the novel, the Eloi are 3-foot-tall childlike beings with a mental capacity not far above that of an animal. The Time Traveler does befriend an Eloi woman but it's clear he thinks of her more like a pet, and anyway she's killed before the novel ends.

This movie first tries to give us a totally stupid backstory as to "why he wants to travel through time." The treacly romance and the Lessons He Must Learn are enough to make film fans vomit.

The journey into the future is punctuated by a future disaster. OK, not bad, but it would have had more punch if we had been allowed to see that mankind just generally degenerates, as in the book. More a reflection of the times, I guess, as the George Pal version had a nuclear war take place.

The general story? Ugh. A total misrepresentation of the novel. The Eloi are too competent and warlike. The Morlocks are too intelligent. The UberMorlock is an embarrassment, and there's no setup. He just shows up in time to be killed. Yawn.

Samantha Mumba does OK. Guy Pearce is one of my favorites but he often seems confused and in pain. (Reportedly he broke a rib while filming this.) He also looks unhealthy and overly thin, as if he had been ill for a long time before making this.

A sad, sorry film version of one of the world's classics. H. G. Wells deserves better....MUCH better.


89 of 170 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
He shouldn't have been able to go back to see Emma ronaldhp_duke
'moon breakup'....WTF???? farmerne
underrated movie - 5.6 are you kidding?! sectionx
Why couldn't Alex figure it out? jasperjvz
It makes more sense that God\Destiny wanted Emma to die souldivide25
Why don't Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies ever have high rating on IMDB? stonevick28
Discuss The Time Machine (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?