'Back to The Future' Critic Reviews

98%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
96%
Rotten Tomatoes:   62 reviews
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    90
    Mr. Zemeckis is able both to keep the story moving and to keep it from going too far. He handles Back to the Future with the kind of inventiveness that indicates he will be spinning funny, whimsical tall tales for a long time to come.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    The counter-Freudian drama is handled with easy wit and flair, like a Shakespearian disguise comedy, and it made a whopping star of Fox.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Shows not only a fine comic touch but also some of the lighthearted humanism of a Frank Capra.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Dave Kehr Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Director Robert Zemeckis confronts the oedipal heart of the time-travel genre with this zestfully tasteless 1985 tale about a teenager (Michael J. Fox) who is projected back to 1955 and then must arrange the romance of his parents.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    Performances by the earnest Fox, the lunatic Lloyd, the deceptively passionate Lea Thompson, and, particularly, the bumbling-to-confident Glover, who runs away with the picture, merrily keep the ship sailing.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • John Hartl Film.com (Top Critic)
    So busy being clever that it trips over its own ingenuity.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    "Future" fandom resonates in the public imagination because it marries innocence with high-concept fun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    One of the mid-'80s most enduring and enjoyable confections: an infectious mix of comedy, fantasy, satire, excitement, and nostalgia.
    Full Review » 29 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    The picture packs a wonderful wallop.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Simon Reynolds Digital Spy
    100
    It was, is and always will be a true Hollywood classic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    The most commercially popular of 1985.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Shaun Munro Obsessed With Film
    100
    Undeniably one of the greatest films of the 1980s and indeed, of all time, Back to the Future has endured so well because it walks that fine tightrope of managing to appeal to just about everyone...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Shaun Munro What Culture
    100
    Undeniably one of the greatest films of the 1980s and indeed, of all time, Back to the Future has endured so well because it walks that fine tightrope of managing to appeal to just about everyone...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elliot Panek Common Sense Media
    100
    '80s time-travel favorite has laughs, romance, action.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    100
    an undeniably fun film, one whose clever plotting, memorable characters, and deft balance of both wistful nostalgia and celebration of the here and now deserves comparisons to The Wizard of Oz
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rubin Safaya Cinemalogue.com
    100
    It's a timeless joke that never gets old: One day you will grow up to be your parents and they'll have the last laugh. The innovation here was in telling the joke backwards.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    100
    Back to the Future is one of the best popcorn movies ever made. It's ingenuity, time-traveling twist ups and wonderfully vibrant characters resonate in ways few films ever achieve.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    80
    A little more sophistication would have been no bad thing -- but a good script keeps it zipping along.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Gritten Daily Telegraph
    80
    Delightful and sophisticated to a degree beyond the dreams of today's movies in similar vein.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Ferguson Radio Times
    100
    This irresistible combination of dazzling effects and sly comedy propelled Michael J Fox to stardom and Robert Zemeckis to the front rank of Hollywood directors.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Matt Glasby Total Film
    100
    Zemeckis' popcorn classic combines watertight scripting with broad but brilliant performances, all held together by Fox's stumbling charm.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robbie Collin News of the World
    100
    This film is WASTED on kids.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    90
    Boasts probably the tightest screenplay of any film in Zemeckis's body of work.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    100
    Thompson's funny, carnal performance forces us all to face an ugly truth: once, our moms might have been prowling teens too.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Eric Henderson Slant Magazine
    88
    Probably the most carefully-scripted blockbuster in Hollywood history.
    Full Review » 6 years ago