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Back to the Future (1985)

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Taglines: Marty McFly's having the time of his life. The only question is -- what time is it?

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, ...

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future.

100 | 2013-02-13 | Adam Smith

Among the plethora of innocent charms on offer, there's the near perfect script by Zemekis and Bob Gale which not only negotiates its time travel paradoxes with deft, exuberant wit but invests the light-hearted plot machinations with a seasoning note of honest drama.
Read More: Empire

100 | 2013-02-13

This brilliant contraption of a film could become the hit of the summer. It's a cinematic Rube Goldberg machine whose parts connect in audacious, witty ways. [04 July 1985, p.E.1]

90 | 2013-02-07 | Janet Maslin

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.
Read More: The New York Times

90 | 2013-02-07 | Staff

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.
Read More: Variety

88 | 2013-02-07 | Roger Ebert

The movie, in fact, resembles Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" more than other, conventional time-travel movies.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times