Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 17 out of 32
  1. There's something light and insubstantial about this movie. It almost floats away as you watch it.
  2. Glorious so-bad-it's-good entertainment.
  3. 50
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    50
    Clunky adventure story.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    50
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    Crudely written, haphazardly acted, and improbably fun.
  9. 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."
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    40
    Timeline takes the most ridiculous movie plot ever imagined and multiplies it by ten.
  11. 40
    Scenes stop and start abruptly, and the sub–"Lord of the Rings" action is more dulling than rousing -- and yet it can be funny.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Lacks the consistent tone, pace and point of view for either a science fiction thriller or medieval war adventure.
  13. 40
    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.
  14. Director Richard Donner finds a few startling images for bloody battle scenes, but awful dialogue prevents the actors from giving performances of any depth.
  15. Donner's most calamitous mistake, however, was forgetting to light the screenplay on fire and catapult it from the nearest trebuchet.
  16. Doesn't have a genuinely human moment.
  17. 30
    One part historical drama and one part futuristic adventure, Timeline resembles a "Star Trek" episode by way of "Scooby-Doo."
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    30
    Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.
  19. 25
    Timeline gives Gigli serious competition for worst film of the year honors.
  20. 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.
  21. 25
    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.
  22. 25
    Timeline lacks potency, drive, wit and personality -- all the things that make escapism worthwhile.
  23. 25
    Compare it with the book, and it stinks. Look at the film on its own, and it still stinks.
  24. 20
    This dreary science-fiction/historical-action hybrid is a misfire of staggering proportions.
  25. Reviewed by: Bryan Curtis
    20
    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.
  26. 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.
  27. 11
    As Timeline so adequately proves, not every bestseller will render a good film.
  28. 10
    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.
  29. Timeline has negative energy to burn. There's even less of it by the end than at the beginning.
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 17 out of 28
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    6
    erdict: Not Quite There

    Story: Ever film that is based on time travel tries to find something different to make it stand out, and I will
    erdict: Not Quite There

    Story: Ever film that is based on time travel tries to find something different to make it stand out, and I will give this one credit. It does pose a different idea to what we are used too, the whole 3D fax machine that creates a wormhole is new but very farfetched. If we are being honest this story is about saving an old man but sacrificing a group of young men who make the trip back. That alone would ask a few questions really. Most of the support cast are solely there to be killed off which leads to even more questions about the point in the mission. (6/10)

    Actor Review

    Paul Walker: Chris the son of the Professor who doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, but will drop everything to go on a mission to save his life, even though he should already be dead. Good performance from Walker showing his potential in an early role. (7/10)

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    Frances O’Connor: Kate one of the team who is determined to find something and will put her work before any relationship. Good performance but in the end is a very annoying character due to over reactions in the past. (6/10)

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    Gerard Butler: Andre a man with passion for the past, who risks more damage to what has happened when he tries to save Lady Claire from the fate she already suffered. Good performance from Butler who showed he was the action star of the future. (8/10)

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    Billy Connolly: Professor Johnston the man behind the dig who has put his career ahead of being a father to Chris, but he gets trapped in the past and calls for his team to risk their own lives to save him. Not the best from Connolly who looks lost a lot of the time, it didn’t help that his character is the catalyst for everything that happened. (4/10)

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    David Thewlis: Robert the brains behind the time travel operation who fails to tell the team all the risks but shows what he is made of during the story after the machine gets destroyed. Good business man role worrying more about covering himself than the people whose lives he is risking.(7/10)

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    Anna Friel: Lady Claire the lady whose death drove the French to victory but after she gets saved by Andre who is meant to be the motivation for the victory. Good performance pulling off the accents perfectly. (8/10)

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    Neal McDonough: Frank the solider sent back to protect the team with his experience of previous trips, but he gets more than he has bargained for. Good performance in a supporting disposable character role. (6/10)

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    Director Review: Richard Donner – I think it would be fair to say this film was a little bit too ambitious to put to film without any real major stars at the time and a lot gets lost in translation. (6/10)

    Action: The battles sequences are big and full of plenty of action. (8/10)

    Sci-Fi: The different idea for time travel works really well, but still leaves plenty of questions. (7/10)

    Settings: Good authentic settings created for both past and present scenes. (9/10)

    Suggestion: This is one to try it is not brilliant but has some good ideas that don’t quite come off but the effort should be given credit. (Try)

    Best Part: Andre character steals the show.

    Worst Part: Questionable reason for doing the traveling.

    Action Scene Of The Film: The final battle.

    Favourite Quote: ‘So what you are saying, it that you accidently discovered time travel’. Believability: No (0/10) Chances of Tears: No (0/10) Chances of Sequel: No Post Credits Scene: No Oscar Chances: No Box Office: $44 Million Budget: $80 Million Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes Tagline: One man’s future lie in the past. Overall: Time Travel Film Lost In Time
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  2. Justin
    Jul 25, 2006
    10
    The problem with the users is that most of them probably never read the book. The movie was incredibly well done and was fairly accurate with The problem with the users is that most of them probably never read the book. The movie was incredibly well done and was fairly accurate with the book. The movie by itself was good enough to be called incredible. A great movie from a great book. Full Review »
  3. Jennifer
    Mar 6, 2006
    0
    Unintentionally funny and predictable. My roommates and I kept calling out the lines before they were said by the characters.