Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 17 out of 32

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  1. Director Richard Donner finds a few startling images for bloody battle scenes, but awful dialogue prevents the actors from giving performances of any depth.
  2. Donner's most calamitous mistake, however, was forgetting to light the screenplay on fire and catapult it from the nearest trebuchet.
  3. Doesn't have a genuinely human moment.
  4. 30
    One part historical drama and one part futuristic adventure, Timeline resembles a "Star Trek" episode by way of "Scooby-Doo."
  5. Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.
  6. 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.
  7. 25
    Timeline lacks potency, drive, wit and personality -- all the things that make escapism worthwhile.
  8. 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.
  9. 25
    Timeline gives Gigli serious competition for worst film of the year honors.
  10. 25
    Compare it with the book, and it stinks. Look at the film on its own, and it still stinks.
  11. Reviewed by: Bryan Curtis
    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.
  12. This dreary science-fiction/historical-action hybrid is a misfire of staggering proportions.
  13. 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.
  14. 11
    As Timeline so adequately proves, not every bestseller will render a good film.
  15. 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.
  16. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Timeline has negative energy to burn. There's even less of it by the end than at the beginning.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 17 out of 28
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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)


    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
    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
    Unintentionally funny and predictable. My roommates and I kept calling out the lines before they were said by the characters.