Combines live-action and animation with breathtaking wizardry... Alternately hilarious, frightening, and awesome.
Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle
What is astonishing about this movie is how all the elements are so deftly mixed - the technology of real sets and people interwoven with the cartoon world, and yet Zemeckis hardly sacrifices a beat in laying out a curlicuing '40s-style thriller. [22 June 1988]
The movie is funny, but it's more than funny, it's exhilarating.
David SterrittChristian Science Monitor
It's the year's cleverest comedy in more ways than one. The animated sequences are brilliant... Most important, the story also has dark overtones that lend a hint of seriousness to what could have been just silly. [24 June 1988]
Elvis MitchellThe New York Times
A film whose best moments are so novel, so deliriously funny, and so crazily unexpected that they truly must be seen to be believed. [22 June 1988]
TV Guide Magazine
While flawlessly delivered, it's overkill--so loud and excessive, it makes our head swim... It's like a sumptous banquet composed entirely of fast food; fills you up but entirely forgettable.
Without warning, the picture falls hard into the very trap it had so studiously avoided, the one marked Expensive Gimmick... The same feature that begins like no film you've ever seen ends like every cartoon you've always avoided.
Something got lost in the move from storyboard to screen, and in the stretch from seven minutes to 103. [27 June 1988]