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Project Almanac

Sci-Fi . Thriller . Science Fiction

A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

Actors: Jonny Weston , Virginia Gardner , Sofia Black-D'Elia , Sam Lerner , Allen Evangelista , Amy Landecker , Gary Weeks , Gary Grubbs , Patrick Johnson , Hillary Harley
Directors: Dean Israelite
Country: USA
Release: 2015-01-30
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  • Drew Taylor

    All of the young actors are committed, and director Dean Israelite has a good handle on the material, offering his own contributions to the time travel genre (like how violent the act itself is) while continually tipping his hat to what came before it.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    One of the advantages of time travel in a found-footage film is that it makes the chronology and causality so confusing that the problem of who’s shooting what becomes secondary. On the other hand, it doesn’t allow fast-forwarding through all the boring bits. For starters, I could have done with far less Lollapalooza.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Clever, funny but emotionally stunted. Like most teenagers.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Every generation gets the time travel it deserves. Project Almanac isn’t “Time After Time” (1979) or “Back to the Future” (1985) or “12 Monkeys” (1996), but the new release does turn out to be a surprisingly jaunty trip for jaded Gen-Y kids.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Despite the uncomfortable sexism and altogether predictable nature of the film, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t modestly entertaining.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    Even with all the teen angst and temporal alterations, the film stays fleet, funny and fast, especially as our leads figure out, through trial and error, how they can take advantage of their new abilities in ways large and small.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    As a time-travel movie, Project Almanac pays fast and loose with its own fantastical rules, contradicting itself constantly.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    If Project Almanac didn’t bungle it all with a shrug of an ending, it would be easier to recommend. Maybe someone with a time machine should go back and give the movie a do-over.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    It’s enough to make H.G. Wells roll his eyes as he rolls in his grave. Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    The wish fulfillment of time travel tends to be fun to watch, and the director, Dean Israelite, feeds on the friends’ giddy escapades for a while.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Thomas Lee

    High on fun but low on depth, Project Almanac is told entirely from the perspective of a video camera, which instantly made me regret that I had eaten dinner before the screening.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    I know this is a teen-boy fantasy — it was produced by Michael Bay, after all — but the female characters in Project Almanac are lamely retro, little more than props in short shorts.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Martin Tsai

    With "Looper" and the fantastic recent release "Predestination" using the same plot device to explore existentialism, the potboiler Project Almanac feels like a leap backward.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Begins as a marginally fun diversion before proving to have nearly no interest in the possibilities of its premise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Evaluated on the concept’s own terms, the script clearly could have used another do-over or two before Israelite and his cast took the plunge.

    Variety Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    A Michael Bay-branded time-travel fiasco, made for teens and seemingly by them, too.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    What was once fresh and innovative now is tired and overdone.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The film delivers the same misogynistic, faux-modernistic jolts of trashy humor and labored plotting that typify the work of co-producer Michael Bay.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    On the whole, this is a good B-movie that hits it modest marks.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • William Goss

    Despite the film’s largely hectic point-of-view, first-time helmer Dean Israelite credibly establishes a science-positive environment that ultimately results in less-than-intelligent displays of teenage impulsiveness, and the kids have a believably determined camaraderie as they only ever use the device together to get revenge on bullies, win the lottery, and snag backstage passes at Lollapalooza.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Julia Alexander

    With references to other sci-fi films, however, it's obvious Project Almanac is aware of its genre clichés, strengths, and faults, and that makes for a genuinely fun time for film buffs.

    CineVue Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The premise, which initially has a certain interior logic, grows implausible and then nonsensical.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Call Project Almanac a "shaky-cam special", and it's a damn shame. The resultant production, both shaken and stirred, transforms a potentially entertaining pulp time travel story into a misbegotten exercise in frustration.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Tim Robey

    The trouble with Dean Israelite’s film is that it’s far more excited about the shallow possibilities of cheating the fourth dimension than the infinitely scarier ones of messing it all up.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    Project Almanac could have been fun, but its creators don't seem to know what fun looks like.

    Village Voice Full Review
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