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Timeline

6/10
Sci-Fi . Science Fiction . Adventure . Action
 

A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.

 
Actors: Michael Sheen , Ethan Embry , Matt Craven , Neal McDonough , Anna Friel , David Thewlis , Billy Connolly , Gerard Butler , Frances O'Connor , Paul Walker
Directors: Richard Donner
Country: USA
Release: 2003-11-26
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  • Michael Wilmington

    There's something light and insubstantial about this movie. It almost floats away as you watch it.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Cheesy and loads of fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Glorious so-bad-it's-good entertainment.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I felt too much of the movie consisted of groups of characters I didn't care about, running down passageways and fighting off enemies and trying to get back to the present before the window of time slams shut.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Carla Meyer

    Clunky adventure story.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    You'll be checking your watch a lot during Timeline. Though most of the cast is strong and the movie has moments of suspense, ultimately the mystery in this action thriller is so far-fetched it's ludicrous.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Plays out like a 1950s B-movie with a fat special-effects budget. Brain-numbing dialogue, incoherent action and glaring improbabilities aside, it's a bearable combination of sci-fi paranoia and historical fantasy that drags modern viewers, and the robotic hero of "The Fast and the Furious" movies, Paul Walker, back to the centre of the Hundred Years War.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Scott Brown

    Special kudos go to Walker, for his dead-on impression of a time-traveling 2x4, and the perpetually hysterical O'Connor, who delivers one of the most grating performances in history.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Park

    Crudely written, haphazardly acted, and improbably fun.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    There's a modicum of charm to Timeline, since its eager, earnest tone harks back to Donner's work from the '80s, particularly "The Goonies" and "Ladyhawke."

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • William Arnold

    A resounding dud.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Alan Morrison

    Timeline takes the most ridiculous movie plot ever imagined and multiplies it by ten.

    Empire Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Scenes stop and start abruptly, and the sub–"Lord of the Rings" action is more dulling than rousing -- and yet it can be funny.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    Lacks the consistent tone, pace and point of view for either a science fiction thriller or medieval war adventure.

    Variety Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This big-budget adventure is based on a recent Michael Crichton thriller, though its premise is too stale to instill the sense of wonder critical to great sci-fi.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Boring and repetitive.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Director Richard Donner finds a few startling images for bloody battle scenes, but awful dialogue prevents the actors from giving performances of any depth.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Donner's most calamitous mistake, however, was forgetting to light the screenplay on fire and catapult it from the nearest trebuchet.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Doesn't have a genuinely human moment.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    One part historical drama and one part futuristic adventure, Timeline resembles a "Star Trek" episode by way of "Scooby-Doo."

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Richard Harrington

    Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Timeline gives Gigli serious competition for worst film of the year honors.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    An instant contender for cult status on the midnight-movie circuit, where lines like "Do we look like quantum wormhole specialists?" will be given the respect they deserve.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The trouble with the movie is basically everything. It's long, sloppy, and -- to both the quantum-physics ignorant and informed -- steadily implausible, never exciting in either its skill or its ludicrousness.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Timeline lacks potency, drive, wit and personality -- all the things that make escapism worthwhile.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    Compare it with the book, and it stinks. Look at the film on its own, and it still stinks.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This dreary science-fiction/historical-action hybrid is a misfire of staggering proportions.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Bryan Curtis

    This isn't a movie of hoary Sherwood Forest clichés. It manages, through sheer artistic force, to stoop below cliché--to seem both fresh and rotten at once.

    Slate Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    It reeks of contempt for the audience. This is not just a "B-movie" -- it's a B-movie that fails to entertain on any level.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    As Timeline so adequately proves, not every bestseller will render a good film.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Until Timeline reaches its flaming-trebuchet-siege finale -- which should impress anyone who's never seen "The Two Towers" -- it has the stirring production values of an episode of the Tia Carrere action series "Relic Hunter," but with only a fraction of the acting talent and intellectual heft.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Timeline has negative energy to burn. There's even less of it by the end than at the beginning.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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