Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

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

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