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About Time (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 95 | Rotten: 43

Beautifully filmed and unabashedly sincere, About Time finds director Richard Curtis at his most sentimental.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 15

Beautifully filmed and unabashedly sincere, About Time finds director Richard Curtis at his most sentimental.

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At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the

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Feb 4, 2014

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Some people will revel in this warm front of innocence; others will reach for their Voltaire.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.

November 6, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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You may as well check your cynicism at the door, because Curtis & Co. are going to find a way to trample all over it - adorably.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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With more attention to detail, this could have worked, but the time travel aspects are so badly executed that the movie as a whole falters and eventually rips apart at the seams.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The film takes few of the liberties you'd expect from its genre, and it conforms to an internal logic throughout.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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The film matures from a mere romcom into something older and wiser, as Tim and his dad have some heart-to-hearts that end up becoming lessons for all of us in how to live.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Patheos

Even in a work of science fiction like this, Gleeson seems beyond real. All those foam-faces being made in the dark? They're for him.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Richard Curtis' movies are classics but this one is not.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

If it feels like the mangled adaptation of a much richer and more rewarding novel, almost everything that is frustrating about the film is also counterbalanced by moments of thoughtfulness and insightfulness.

November 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

It never once questions our protagonist's manipulation of time and people, and seems to think one can enjoy a life of true happiness...built upon some pretty serious lies. Creepy, actually.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro
Metro

There are those who, upon finding a plot hole in a film, allow it to ruin the movie. I'm not among them.'About Time' is flawed, with numerous plot holes. But it's beautifully told, wonderfully acted and touching enough to bring viewers to tears.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

This complete charmer of a movie delighted me from start to finish. In fact, About Time may well be the two most purely pleasurable hours I've spent in the cinema all year.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

In the end, it's a charmer. For those of you who have liked Curtis' previous rom-coms, come along for a lovely joyride...

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Akin to a children's novel (the sort where the shadow of death fuzzily looms), About Time turns into a successfully sentimental family film in the literal sense of the term.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Typical Richard Curtis fare, with a time travel twist.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Brilliantly written and well directed by Curtis (this is his third film behind the camera), "About Time" is just another jewel in his crown as the reigning romantic comedy king.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

It's about time so it's a bit convoluted. It's too long but not a bad rom-com.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

No director/writer has shown a better understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of love than Richard Curtis.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

"About Time" uses an ingenious and original comic device, built around the most irresistible commodity any movie can offer...

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

About Time is a solid tale about love, loss, and family with great performances - that leans on a compelling but sometimes problematic time-travel premise.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

It's sweet and charming and utterly preposterous and, despite the trailers, it's not as much of a love story as you might think. Or at least, not that kind of love story.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Madison Movie
Madison Movie

Sci-fi freshens the formula, and the actors sail away on the new possibilities.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Reason Online
Reason Online

It's smart and sweet and unabashedly sentimental. But it's also the kind of movie that - in spite of its faults - strikes a bright, resonant wind-chime of a note.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Eventually undone both by the flimsiness of its own sci-fi conceit and by Curtis' struggle to build fully realized characters other than Tim.

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for About Time

I'm a big fan of Richard Curtis' films (especially Love Actually). They make me feel good and are usually very entertaining. They aren't exactly the highest quality films, but they don't need to be. About Time isn't on par with Love Actually, but it is another solid entry into his overly sentimental and wholly entertaining films category. The story is a little on the cheesy side, but told well enough that you get invested in the characters who are played with charm and wit (minus Rachel McAdams, who is just there to look pretty). Bill Nighy is often hilarious and Domhnall Gleeson holds his own admirably. The overall plot structure follows its own rules when it comes to the time traveling mechanics, which is refreshing, but at times annoying too because you keep expecting established rules to take effect (like the butterfly effect) and they don't. Either way, I enjoyed this movie for what it was and am kind of sad that this might be Curtis' last film.
February 11, 2014
jlewis07

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Writing my review with 50 minutes still to go in this 2 hour mess that I was actually looking forward to watching.
First of all, I really like Rachel Mcadams. I have enjoyed her in a lot of movies. She's fine here too, but the guy (who makes so much of an impression I can't even remember his name, even though he's the lead character and the movie is currently playing as I write), has the charisma of a gingerbread biscuit. Blah. No personality, just a wet towel. I don't buy that Rachel Mcadams would look twice at him, and that lack of chemistry comes across in the movie.
The basic premise of the film, which is that the men in the family can time travel back in time doesn't work. Bill Nighy looks embarrassed even relating this family secret. Worse, nothing of substances is done with it. I know there is tragedy coming up, because I read the spoilers, but to me it's still nothing.
The movie hits cloying one hour in with the couple married and expecting a baby. Excuse me while I go off and hurl. I really hate this s$&t in a rom com - especially when it's just lumped in as this one is with no explanation, no background etc.
I then read it's the same person responsible for the other crappy movies I can't stand - Notting Hill, 4 weddings and a funeral, love actually and suddenly it all makes sense. I like a rom com as much as the next person, but I really find those ones not good, and their popularity staggers me.
So glad I did not buy this one. So glad!!!!
January 18, 2014
romy861

Super Reviewer

Boring, uninteresting drama that squanders its potential on a bland script and disguises its limited story with the time travel aspect. The result is a film that just disappoints and you are left wanting more out of the film. I didn't like the film, and I was hoping for something considering its concept. Unfortunately, I felt it went nowhere, and instead of breaking new ground in terms of a romantic drama, it ended up being a clichéd film disguised with a neat idea. About Time may have had a chance of being a good film, unfortunately it's just an overdone predictable affair, that fails to really standout or be worth seeing. Don't expect anything good here; this is a film that will leave you disappointed. About Time is a film that just wastes a unique idea and adds every genre cliché to appeal to a wider audience. Instead of reinventing the genre, it lingers on, and navigates all too familiar territory that has been set by previous genre films. About Time is a mess, one that isn't worth seeing, and the cast here are wasted on such a bland, uninspired script that doesn't satisfy. This is a film that unfortunately is boring and has no redeeming qualities. About Time could have been a good picture, but it relies too much on predictability to create its story, that it's just not interesting in the long run. Skip it, and watch something else. This film just fails as drama, and it's a forgettable film that could have been so much more, but doesn't take off due to a not fully fleshed script, poor performances and lazy storytelling. I've seen better films than this, and About Time is a mess from start to finish, and considering some of the talent involved here, I'm in shocked that they couldn't make a better film than this.
January 17, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

I loved this movie despite the fact that it had everything I usually dislike in a movie: "feel good" "time travel" "message about appreciating every moment you have". etc. It worked. My life is full of little moments I would like to do over and that the main character had this ability worked wonderfully. I especially like that the first time he tried it, he used his power to make a girl who had a crush on him feel good. The father-son relationship was moving. Everything was just a little nicer because the two principals--father and son--had the ability to remake life's defining moments and they did it with a little more love.
January 16, 2014
Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

    1. Tim's Father: No, I never said we could fix things. I specifically never said that. Life's a mixed bag, no matter who you are. Look at Jesus: he was the son of a God, for God's sake and look how that turned out.
    – Submitted by Peter A (23 days ago)
    1. Tim's Father: I'd only give one piece of advice to anyone marrying. We're all quite similar in the end. We all get old and tell the same tales too many times. But try and marry someone kind. And this is a kind man with a good heart.
    – Submitted by Peter A (23 days ago)
    1. Tim Lake: We're all travelling through time together every day of our lives. All we can do is do our best to relish this remarkable ride.
    – Submitted by AD S (55 days ago)
    1. Tim Lake: I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately come back to this one day to enjoy it as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary life.
    – Submitted by AD S (55 days ago)
    1. Tim Lake: The truth is, I now don't travel back at all. Not even for the day. I just try to live every day as if I've deliberately come back to this one day to enjoy it as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life
    – Submitted by mido s (3 months ago)
    1. Tim Lake: All time traveler in the world can't make someone love you.
    – Submitted by Jessa B (3 months ago)
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