I’ve seen and read a lot of time travel fiction. Here are my ratings for all the time travel movies I can remember. I don’t think it’s smart to compare dramatic time travel with comedic, so I split them up.


Dramatic Good

  • Primer
    Entrepreneur engineers accidentally discover closed time loops.
  • Looper
    Hitmen kill people from the future, including themselves, until Bruce Willis decides something different.
  • Los Cronocrimenes (aka Timecrimes)
    Everything about this is a spoiler.
  • ARQ
    When you die you go back to the beginning.
  • Star Trek (2009)
    Spock accidentally resets time and causes a lot of lens flares.
  • Terminator
    Robot wrapped in skin has to kill a lady but fails.
  • Terminator 2
    Robot wrapped in skin has to save a kid.
  • The Butterfly Effect
    Ashton Kusher finds out he has congenital time travel disease and it causes blackouts.
  • The Caller
    Young lady gets horrified by old lady’s phone calls from the past.

Dramatic Bad

  • Planet of the Apes (2001)
    Marky Mark chases a monkey through space, but time is backwards so things go all wrong.
  • The Time Machine (2002)
    Fate is a jerk, so scientist Guy Pierce just goes to the future instead.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
    A genetic mutation makes Eric Bana travel through time naked, but it doesn’t make up for bad acting by both him and Rachel McAdams.
  • The Lake House
    It’s like Speed but slower and there’s a magic mailbox.
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes
    People in ape masks look less realistic when they visit the 70’s.

Dramatic Ugly

  • Premonition
    Sandra Bullock can’t make anything coherent happen.
  • Sound of Thunder
    They kill a butterfly or something.
  • Freejack
    Emelio Estevez should have died in a race car accident.


Comedy Good

Comedy Bad

  • Midnight in Paris
    Owen Wilson through time and there’s a moral to be learned.
  • Meet the Robinsons
    It’s like Dreamworks, but it’s made by Disney.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get magicked to ancient China.

Comedy Ugly


Some of these are based on books. My ratings do not reflect on the books.

I made most of this list in 2013 and got some good feedback on the following Facebook post. I haven’t seen a lot of time travel movies in the last four years, pitifully. On the other hand, there are no new time travel ideas. Just new executions of the same ideas. So I haven’t missed much.