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."
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.