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 … More

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
Box Office: $15.3M
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as Jimmy Kinkade

as Tim Lake

as Charlotte

as Kit Kat

as Tim's Father

as Tim's Mother

as Ginger Jenny

as Mary's Father, Fitz

as Mary's Mother, Jean

as Aunty May

as Dans Le Noir Maitre ...

as Theatre Deserter

as Theatre Judge

as Prompter

as Bhattie QC

as Wedding Priest

as Posy (Newborn)

as Posy (1 Year)

as Posy (2 1/2-3 Years)

as Jeff (Newborn)

as Jeff (5 Months)

as Jeff (2 Years)

as Jo (6 Months)

as Jo (1 Year)

as Trudy (Party Guest)

as Flirty Girl

as Pret A Manger Server

as Court Clerk

as Defendant

as Jazz Singer

as Busker

as Young Tim
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Critic Reviews for About Time

All Critics (138) | 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

[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

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2013

Audience Reviews for About Time

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


The soundtrack is spectacular and the plot so warm and delightful that it makes us 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


The stain of formulism and growing sappiness can't make up for an initially interesting coming of age story. Nevertheless, I wish I'd seen more romantic comedies that had one bit of writer/director Richard Curtis' amusing, charming and mature view on life and relationships, rather than the usual parade of clichés, scatological humour and general shallowness. He aims high... and fails, but at least he tries, and the passion of everyone involved in the project can be easily spotted.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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