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Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
The film, in its early going, also has a nice light humor about it, and an engaging, albeit tragic, love story.
60
The A.V. Club
Machine makes its look-to-the-future-not-the-past message as clear as a Grammy acceptance speech, but as an exploration of regret and the elusive quality of time, it falls well short of "Memento," another film starring a sad-eyed Pearce.
60
Washington Post
Amazingly stilted before accelerating into its exciting finish.
50
There's something wrong with a time-travel movie that allows an audience's interest to drift so that we have time to worry over where he's parked, and whether he remembered to take his key.
50
Entertainment Weekly
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.
50
Washington Post
Weirdly disjointed and uncertain as to tone.
40
The New York Times
This uninviting and pallid version, starring Guy Pearce, is intent on grinding all the sharp edges off the original story, in effect making the movie childproof, so no one can get hurt touching it.
40
Variety
Breaks down when it gets to the distant future, which in this case isn't a good place to be stranded.
38
Chicago Sun-Times
A witless recycling of the H.G. Wells story from 1895, with the absurdity intact but the wonderment missing.
38
New York Daily News
Wells' vision of the distant future is cartoonishly simplistic without the subtext of British class consciousness that informed the novel.

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