Back to The Future Reviews

  • Mr. Zemeckis is able both to keep the story moving and to keep it from going too far. He handles Back to the Future with the kind of inventiveness that indicates he will be spinning funny, whimsical tall tales for a long time to come.

    Janet Maslin — New York Times

  • The counter-Freudian drama is handled with easy wit and flair, like a Shakespearian disguise comedy, and it made a whopping star of Fox.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Shows not only a fine comic touch but also some of the lighthearted humanism of a Frank Capra.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Director Robert Zemeckis confronts the oedipal heart of the time-travel genre with this zestfully tasteless 1985 tale about a teenager (Michael J. Fox) who is projected back to 1955 and then must arrange the romance of his parents.

    Dave Kehr — Chicago Reader

  • Performances by the earnest Fox, the lunatic Lloyd, the deceptively passionate Lea Thompson, and, particularly, the bumbling-to-confident Glover, who runs away with the picture, merrily keep the ship sailing.

    Variety Staff — Variety

  • So busy being clever that it trips over its own ingenuity.

    John Hartl — Film.com

  • "Future" fandom resonates in the public imagination because it marries innocence with high-concept fun.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • One of the mid-'80s most enduring and enjoyable confections: an infectious mix of comedy, fantasy, satire, excitement, and nostalgia.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • The picture packs a wonderful wallop.

    Richard Corliss — TIME Magazine

  • It was, is and always will be a true Hollywood classic.

    Simon Reynolds — Digital Spy

  • The most commercially popular of 1985.

    Emanuel Levy — EmanuelLevy.Com

  • Undeniably one of the greatest films of the 1980s and indeed, of all time, Back to the Future has endured so well because it walks that fine tightrope of managing to appeal to just about everyone...

    Shaun Munro — Obsessed With Film

  • Undeniably one of the greatest films of the 1980s and indeed, of all time, Back to the Future has endured so well because it walks that fine tightrope of managing to appeal to just about everyone...

    Shaun Munro — What Culture

  • '80s time-travel favorite has laughs, romance, action.

    Elliot Panek — Common Sense Media

  • an undeniably fun film, one whose clever plotting, memorable characters, and deft balance of both wistful nostalgia and celebration of the here and now deserves comparisons to The Wizard of Oz

    James Kendrick — Q Network Film Desk

  • Back to the Future is one of the best popcorn movies ever made. It's ingenuity, time-traveling twist ups and wonderfully vibrant characters resonate in ways few films ever achieve.

    R. L. Shaffer — IGN DVD

  • It's a timeless joke that never gets old: One day you will grow up to be your parents and they'll have the last laugh. The innovation here was in telling the joke backwards.

    Rubin Safaya — Cinemalogue.com

  • A little more sophistication would have been no bad thing -- but a good script keeps it zipping along.

    Derek Malcolm — This is London

  • Delightful and sophisticated to a degree beyond the dreams of today's movies in similar vein.

    David Gritten — Daily Telegraph

  • This irresistible combination of dazzling effects and sly comedy propelled Michael J Fox to stardom and Robert Zemeckis to the front rank of Hollywood directors.

    John Ferguson — Radio Times

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