Back to the Future
Back to the Future (1985)

Contemporary high schooler Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) doesn't have the most pleasant of lives. Browbeaten by his principal at school, Marty must also endure the acrimonious relationship between his nerdy father (Crispin Glover) and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 3, 1985
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inventive, funny, and breathlessly constructed, Back to the Future is a rousing time-travel adventure with an unforgettable spirit.

Joseph Gelmis
Newsday

"Back to the Future" is the best comic-strip movie I've seen this year. It's well-made, lighthearted and is exactly the right length to give you excitement and laughs and a few surprises, and then it's over, leaving you feeling good.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Every bit as classy, clever and cockle-warming as it was 30 years ago.

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Allison Rose
FlickDirect

Fox, who was doing double duty while making the first film (he was still working on his sitcom, Family Ties at the same time) was the perfect Marty.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Zemeckis and Gale have cannily chosen the time periods, which are funny as much for their similarities (political and materalistic) as their contrasts (music, fashions, language).

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Kids and parents alike are gonna dig this wonderful fantasy.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

By far one of the most competent time travel movies ever made, addressing even the most common loopholes and pitfalls.

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian

Though it is hardly one of the greater flights of cinematic imagination to be seen since science fantasy reared its head as mass appeal material again, it would be virtually impossible not to enjoy it in some way or another.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

Zemeckis and Gale have given the movie a core of feeling that makes real claims on us. For all its comedy, Back to the Future is about a kid coming to terms with his parents' inadequacies, a moment familiar to everyone, and the fulcrum in growing up.

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Allen Almachar
The MacGuffin

It is the perfect package of entertainment, drama, comedy, excitement, and heart, wrapped up in special effects that still look convincing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Just watched this for the first time in over a decade. This time in remastered high def picture and sound. My daughter and I loved it. She even cheered when… More
Bruce Bruce
I love Back to the Future. While having a typical 80s feel to it, which I like, I love how fun, irresistible and original the film is. The special effects are… More
Michael Edwards
One of the best and clever movies Ive ever seen my third favorite film made. I love how when Marty goes back to the past everything is intertwined into the… More
Anonymous User
Oh yes, an 80's classic that still is the talk of the town whenever words like best blockbuster flicks of all time are thrown into a conversation. Quite… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A wonderful adventure that relies on a first-rate script full of nuances and details (some of which you only notice after watching the film thirty times), great… More
Eugene Bernabe
Smart, innovating and classical in every way. Robert Zemeckis' sci-fi adventure is filled with historical references that's constructive and filled… More