Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

The brilliant first chapter of Robert Zemeckis' peerless Back to the Future trilogy. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is blasted to 1955 in the DeLorean time machine invented by Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). There he bumps into his young mum (Lea Thompson) and dad (Crispin Glover) and finds himself mixed up in a time-shattering chain reaction that could destroy his own future and leave him trapped in the past.

Winner of the Best Effects Oscar at the 1986 Academy Awards.
1985Rating: PG116 minsUSA
AdventureScience FictionClassicBlockbuster

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Back to the Future / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Performances by the earnest Fox, the lunatic Lloyd, the deceptively passionate Lea Thompson, and, particularly, the bumbling-to-confident Glover, who runs away with the picture, merrily keep the ship sailing.

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Total Film

Total Film

Pitch-perfect scripting, pacing and performances conclusively prove it don’t take money to make a blockbuster for the ages.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Zemeckis is able both to keep the story moving and to keep it from going too far. He handles Back to the Future with the kind of inventiveness that indicates he will be spinning funny, whimsical tall tales for a long time to come.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Handled with easy wit and flair, like a Shakespearian disguise comedy, and it made a whopping star of Fox.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Shows not only a fine comic touch but also some of the lighthearted humanism of a Frank Capra.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

To put it bluntly: if you don't like Back To The Future, it's difficult to believe that you like films at all.

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