Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Delightfull time-travel comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Has an intangibly charming goofiness about it that is somehow endearing: here is a movie about teenagers that contains no excessive profanity, no drug references, and no explicit sexual activity.
  3. 50
    If the director, Stephen Herek, has any talent for comedy, it's not visible here.
  4. Everything Reeves has done since always has the whiff of "Ted" about it. Party on, dudes.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Reeves, with his beguilingly blank face and loose-limbed, happy-go-lucky physical vocabulary, and Winter, with his golden curls, gleefully good vibes and 'bodacious' vocabulary, propel this adventure as long as they can.
  6. Meant to be funny, but it only swells the sinus passages. It is a painfully inept comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Wow, dudes. Pu-trid. (1989 February 20, p.4D)
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    Excellent! Nothing can describe it better. A solid 80's classic that really is excellent. It's not the best movie obviously but it's perfect in what it does, and is not for the critical or humorless. Full Review »
  2. Aug 11, 2013
    It's just a really good movie. Plot-wise it was nothing special, but rarely is a movie so enjoyable. It's a stupid movie, but I can't help to love it. Very funny and an overall good time. Full Review »
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    Good movie, love the Doctor Who reference. The cast is not an overload of special people, it's just two best friends who travel in time to find famous figures in history for a history report. I mean, what do you expect from an 80s movie like this? Most of these movies from the 80s and 90s are underrated because people judge them fom their standpoint today, not like how it would've been back then. when we listen to old Jazz, do we ever criticize it like it just started this year, no. And we shouldn't judge these movies like that either. I think like I was in the 80s at that point, and that's why I think it's a really good movie. 8/10 Full Review »