The Time Machine

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

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

PG-13 2002 96 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 13+

Very entertaining and has great special effects

I think some of the other reviewers (ReviewerEgo for instance) have no idea what good entertainment really is. I viewed their other reviews and had to laugh at what movies they gave 5 stars to?!? Anyway, this movie is definitely worth a watch. H.G. Wells story is so amazing considering when it was written... 1895. This isn't a modern screenplay, as much as it's a reflection on our ability to envision the future. ReviewerEgo's completely drab and shallow review could be applied to any great movie and turn it into a couple of crazy negative sentences. Don't believe it. Watch it and judge for yourself.

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Great messages
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age 13+


They show a woman being shot in slow motion right after getting engaged to the main character and the blood pouring onto snow when the fiance picks up the body. Soon after this, a strong swear word is used (not an F bomb though.). Again, shortly after, a woman is run over off screen. Kind of corny special effects, but I've seen worse. Apocalyptic scenes. Semi-Jumpscare from scary monster. Speaking of scary monsters, some invade a village in the year 802701. Their leader later has all his flesh melted off, showing only his skeleton. May be disturbing for younger children.

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Too much violence

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