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Parents' Guide to

The Time Machine

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

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

Movie PG-13 2002 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

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.
age 9+

For Those Hyper-Sensitive to Sexual Content:

For those hyper sensitive to sexual content: One the main characters, Mara, is dressed a bit clad in every scene she is in. I really enjoyed the first 20 minutes until Mara is introduced when she is cladly dressed in every appearance. If you are sensitive to this, just be aware. I cladly-dressed doesn't sound like an issue for you, this will make a wonderful sci-fi family movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This is a showy and entertaining story about an idea everyone has dreamed of: having power over time. The movie is based on H.G. Wells' classic science fiction novel, with a passing nod to the 1960 movie version with Rod Taylor. Clocks appear throughout the story, sometimes playing an important role, as when Alexander's watch is stolen and when he uses it at a crucial moment. And the issues of the role of history and learning to move on from great loss are also thoughtfully presented.

The art direction is striking, from the intricate Victorian machinery to the balloon-like homes of the Eloi. Pearce's performance seems overwhelmed by all that is going on around him, but Orlando Jones is delightful as a virtual repository of all human knowledge, pop singer Samantha Mumba has a strong, sweet presence as the Eloi teacher who befriends Alexander, and Jeremy Irons is shiver-inducingly evil as the creature who prizes his own survival above everything. The director of the movie, Simon Wells, has two special qualifications. He is an expert at animation, which helped with the special effects. And he is the great-grandson of the author of the book.

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