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  • Summary: Students working on an archaeological dig must travel back in time to 14th century France to rescue their professor, an obsessive academician who has become trapped in a vicious feudal war.
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. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    50
    Crudely written, haphazardly acted, and improbably fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    50
    Clunky adventure story.
  4. Director Richard Donner finds a few startling images for bloody battle scenes, but awful dialogue prevents the actors from giving performances of any depth.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    30
    Time travels, but it sure doesn't fly by in this debacle.
  6. 25
    Timeline lacks potency, drive, wit and personality -- all the things that make escapism worthwhile.
  7. Timeline has negative energy to burn. There's even less of it by the end than at the beginning.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 17 out of 28
  1. 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 book. The movie by itself was good enough to be called incredible. A great movie from a great book. Expand
  2. 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
    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) walker 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) frances 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) gerard 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) billy 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) david 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) lady clare 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) neal 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 Expand
  3. MattK.
    Dec 18, 2003
    0
    I saw this movie right after seeing master and commander because i had time to kill. i never thought it looked any good, but the only other movie playing was brother bear, so i choose timeline. i think i would of preferred watching brother bear now. from the awful plot, the lame special effects, and the "wormholes" in the story, this movie is disgusting. the acting is so unbelievably atrocious, i mean oh my god, i cant even begin to explain.....that french dude francois doesn't deserve to be in a home video for crying out loud, and yet he gets that salary while anyone else in the world would be better cast. maybe he's a cool guy, but what were they thinking? the dialog sucks big time, making no sense, the love story is baseless, the action isn't 1/10,000,000 as good as any scene from one of the lord of the rings movies. this ruined my "good movie feeling" i had from watching master and commander, and i hope someone punishes these people. Expand
  4. 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.
  5. MattK.
    Dec 18, 2003
    0
    I saw this movie right after seeing master and commander because i had time to kill. i never thought it looked any good, but the only other movie playing was brother bear, so i choose timeline. i think i would of preferred watching brother bear now. from the awful plot, the lame special effects, and the "wormholes" in the story, this movie is disgusting. the acting is so unbelievably atrocious, i mean oh my god, i cant even begin to explain.....that french dude francois doesn't deserve to be in a home video for crying out loud, and yet he gets that salary while anyone else in the world would be better cast. maybe he's a cool guy, but what were they thinking? the dialog sucks big time, making no sense, the love story is baseless, the action isn't 1/10,000,000 as good as any scene from one of the lord of the rings movies. this ruined my "good movie feeling" i had from watching master and commander, and i hope someone punishes these people. Expand

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