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Adam Sandler won't ruin these 20 movies

Timecop (1994)

Back to the Future III (1990)

Back to the Future II (1989)

The Last Mimzy (2007)

Deja Vu (2006)

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Primer (2004)

Predestination (2015)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Donnie Darko (2001)

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Groundhog Day (1993)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

12 Monkeys (1996)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Terminator (1984)

Looper (2012)

Back to the Future (1985)

In the 2006 time-travel film "Click," a magical remote control lets Adam Sandler fast-forward and rewind his life. The movie tugs on the heartstrings, but it's not very good. Pretty terrible, actually. Metacritic gave the movie a lowly score of 45.

If you're looking for a great time-travel movie, check out one of these, all of which have a better rating on Metacritic than this "ultra-formulaic...abomination."

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Metacritic score: 48

In the future year of 2004, a crooked US Senator (Ron Silver) time-travels to change the past and further his career. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as the time-traveling government agent tasked with stopping him.

It's arguably Van Damme's best movie, though that's not saying much.

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Metacritic score: 55

We here at CNET have deep nostalgic feelings for the "Back to the Future" franchise, but critics were very harsh on its Old West-themed third installment. Sorry, Doc.

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Metacritic score: 57

Critics responded slightly better to "Back to the Future II," knocking its "hopelessly complicated premises" and "brand-name advertising." But aren't time-travel movies supposed to be really complicated?

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Metacritic score: 59

A future ecological disaster has altered the genetics of the human race. To fix the problem, a stuffed robot is sent into the past to collect the uncorrupted DNA from children...by drinking their tears.

Yes, this is a children's movie.

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Metacritic score: 59

To capture a domestic terrorist, Special Agent Douglas Carlin (Denzel Washington) is given access to technology that allows him to view roughly four days into the past. When it's revealed the tech can also send inanimate objects back in time, Carlin makes the controversial decision to meddle with the past and stop the bombing.

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Metacritic score: 63

In this screwball comedy starring John Cusack and Rob Corddry, a malfunctioning time machine (built into a hot tub, naturally) sends a group of skiers back to the year 1986 to relive their youth.

Roger Ebert said the film "succeeds beyond any expectations suggested by the title."

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Metacritic score: 66

A twice-thwarted Skynet once again sends a Terminator (Kristanna Loken) into the past -- this time to the year 2003 -- to kill members of the Human Resistance that the machines are at war with. John Connor (Nick Stahl) survives death with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course, but there's no happy ending at the end of this one.

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Metacritic score: 67

Earth is in chaos in the year 2286, when a probe that makes humpback whale noises enters the planet's orbit and disables the power grid. To save the day, the USS Enterprise travels to the year 1986 to capture a whale, bring it to the future, and answer the probe's call.

(It's not as dumb as it sounds, we promise.)

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Metacritic score: 68

This film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, delves into the moral and philosophical dilemmas of time travel without dumbing down the concept. And indeed, things get incredibly complicated when a pair of young engineers, armed with the accidental discovery of time travel, change history.

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Metacritic score: 69

Without spoiling too much, this twist-heavy Australian film, starring Ethan Hawke, is about a time-traveling agent who gets caught up in the ultimate paradoxical time loop.

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Metacritic score: 71

After being doused in alien blood during a fierce battle in the year 2020, Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) gains the "Groundhog Day"-like ability to resurrect after death and relive the day he dies over and over again while retaining his memories.

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Metacritic score: 71

In this 2001 cult classic, troubled teen Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is tormented by a costumed man who warns the world will end in 28 days. Darko is pushed into committing crimes and researching time travel at the bunny's urging, even as those around Darko fret over his apparent descent into paranoid schizophrenia.

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Metacritic score: 72

"Parks and Rec" star Aubrey Plaza appears in this romantic comedy based on a real-life classified ad seeking well-armed time travelers. She initially believes the ad to be a joke, but Plaza's character quickly bonds with the ad's writer over a shared desire to save loved ones from death.

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Metacritic score: 72

In this Bill Murray classic, an egotistical meteorologist tasked with covering Punxsutawney Phil finds himself trapped in a time loop, forcing him to relive Groundhog Day over and over again. Murray eventually uses his unlimited do-overs to benefit others and, ultimately, finds true love.

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Metacritic score: 74

In the year 2023, mutants face extinction at the hands of super-powered forces. Kitty Pryde sends Wolverine's consciousness 50 years into the past to change history and stop the Sentinel program from initiating.

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Metacritic score: 74

After a terrorist's plague wipes out most of humanity, a handful of survivors from the year 2035 send James Cole (Bruce Willis) back to 1996 to stop it. Instead, Cole lands in the year 1990, where he is hospitalized in a mental institution alongside the supposed founder of the terrorist group (Brad Pitt).

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Metacritic score: 75

After playing the bad guy in "The Terminator," Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as hero, of sorts: a T-800 reprogrammed to protect future Human Resistance leader John Connor (Edward Furlong) from a time-traveling robot assassin (Robert Patrick).

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Metacritic score: 83

Schwarzenegger played the ultimate baddie -- a relentless machine from the year 2029, sent back to the year 1984, with the sole purpose of murdering Sarah Connor, future mother of a war hero.

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Metacritic score: 84

In this thriller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a time-traveling hitman who must assassinate his older self (Bruce Willis). Willis, meanwhile, escapes death to save his future wife from being murdered.

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Metacritic score: 86

This is it: "Back to the Future" is the granddaddy of modern time-travel movies, and the best-rated film in the genre. It's the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his accidental trip 30 years into the past, where a romantic entanglement with his own mother begins to erase the existence of his entire family.

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