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About Time (2013)



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

Movie Info

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 Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.(c) Universalmore
Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Curtis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2014
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Tom Hughes
as Jimmy Kinkade
Margot Robbie
as Charlotte
Lydia Wilson
as Kit Kat
Bill Nighy
as Tim's Father
Lindsay Duncan
as Tim's Mother
Clemmie Dugdale
as Ginger Jenny
Mitchell Mullen
as Mary's Father, Fitz
Lisa Eichhorn
as Mary's Mother, Jean
Natasha Powell
as Aunty May
Mark Healy
as Dans Le Noir Maitre ...
Ben Benson
as Theatre Deserter
Philip Voss
as Theatre Judge
Tom Godwin
as Prompter
Pal Aron
as Bhattie QC
Andrew Martin Yates
as Wedding Priest
Verity Fullerton
as Posy (Newborn)
Veronica Owings
as Posy (1 Year)
Olivia Konten
as Posy (2 1/2-3 Years)
Jacob Francis
as Jeff (Newborn)
Jago Freud
as Jeff (5 Months)
Ollie Phillips
as Jeff (2 Years)
Sophie Pond
as Jo (6 Months)
Sophie Brown
as Jo (1 Year)
Molly Seymour
as Trudy (Party Guest)
Matilda Sturridge
as Flirty Girl
Rebecca Chew
as Pret A Manger Server
Jon West
as Court Clerk
Ken Hazeldine
as Defendant
Barbar Gough
as Jazz Singer
Jon Boden
as Busker
Charlie Curtis
as Young Tim
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News & Interviews for About Time

Critic Reviews for About Time

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (36)

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Young love provides the framework for About Time, the latest movie from writer-director Richard Curtis. But the heart of the film is a story about a boy, his father and the greatest gift they can give each other: their time.

Full Review… | April 18, 2016

[Gleeson] fully embodies Tim's affability, and the chemistry between him and Rachel is lovely. But even better is his chemistry with his on-screen dad, Bill Nighy.

Full Review… | July 20, 2015
The Young Folks

"It's just so overflowing with ideas and characters that the main point it's trying to make nearly eludes it."

Full Review… | May 12, 2014

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2014

Audience Reviews for About Time


Working Title pictures are almost their own cliche these days with their fantasy portrayals of upper-middle class British life that seem even further removed from reality now than before. This one even borrowed an idea from Four Weddings & A Funeral with the dress-picking scene. Still, if you forgive the shaky camera work, this one employs a clever plot device to dissect Richard Curtis's philosophical musings on life with another heart-warming feel-good story to add to the collection.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


The soundtrack is spectacular and the plot so warm and delightful that it makes me want to simply forget the few missteps that pop up here and there along the way - and it is also surprisingly touching for a film that wants so much to sound profound and be a life lesson.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Not your typical romcom, relying on a time travel fantasy element. This film is well acted and charming, with a surprisingly profound message. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

About Time Quotes

Tim's Mother: Its very bad for a girl to be too pretty. It stops her developing a sense of humor, or even a personality.
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
Uncle D.: My buttplug itches!
– Submitted by Emerson B (23 months ago)
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 (2 years ago)
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 (2 years ago)

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