The Time Machine

Warner Bros. / DreamWorks SGK Released 2002




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Movie Summary

Simon Wells

The Time Machine, based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, is a sci-fi adventure following Alexander Hartdegen, a scientist and inventor who's determined to prove to a doubtful world that time travel is actually possible. In the 1890s, he builds a time machine that sends him progressively farther into the future -- eventually hurtling him 800,000 years from now to a strange time in which mankind has divided into two races: the hunters and the hunted.


Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    If Welles was unhappy at the prospect of the human race splitting in two, he probably wouldn't be too crazy with his great-grandson's movie splitting up in pretty much the same way.

  • 40

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    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 ...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Breaks down when it gets to the distant future, which in this case isn't a good place to be stranded.

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    • Production Budget - $80,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $56,832,494 (46th)
      Worldwide Gross - $123,729,176 (35th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $78,743,817
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $171,431,991

    • Taglines:
      The Future Awaits.
      2. Jump-Start the Future.
      3. Where Would You Go?
      4. Be Careful What You Wish For.
      5. 0 to 800,000 years in 1.2 seconds.
      6. The greatest adventure THROUGH all time!
      7. He was searching for the answer to his past. He became a hero for the future.

    • Other production companies:
      Parkes/MacDonald Productions
      Arnold Leibovit Entertainment

    • Filming locations:
      Albany, New York
      Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plazaversal City, California
      Castle Green Apartments, Pasadena, California
      Los Angeles, California
      Riverside, California
      Santa Clarita, California,
      Saratoga Springs, New York
      Schenectady, New York
      Burbank, California
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
      Troy, New York
      Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

    • Music:
      Sweet Rosie O'Grady
      Written by Maude Nugent
      See Me Dance the Polka
      Written by George Grossmith
      There's a Place Called Tomorrow
      Written by Alan Zachary

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Makeup


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Thrillers, Aliens, Futuristic, Time Travel