In addition to its sharp/sweet dialogue, the movie's success rests with the radiant dorkiness of leads Gleeson and McAdams, as well as the quirky supporting cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
The wisdom in Richard Curtis' film is simple and sentimental. But it's still wisdom.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Funny & Sweet
| Original Score: 3.5/5
...one of the best movies of its type to come around in a great long while.
One of those movies that we often hear "isn't really science fiction because it's about people" but the time travel element gets us to the truths Curtis wants to reveal.
To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
As long as [Curtis] doesn't make any more films about radio stations on boats then he and I are going to get along fine until one of us dies
| Original Score: 3/5
The characters are really loveable and their relationships are delightfully old-fashioned and touching.
It's been a while since I've seen a film as unabashedly and forcibly sentimental as Richard Curtis's About Time.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
About Time is writer/director Richard Curtis campaigning the audience to cherish every single second of our fleeting existence. Yes we can.
| Original Score: 4/5
... feels strained in its efforts to be life-affirming and profound, and predictable in its episodic layering of dilemmas for its protagonist.
About Time is a breezy but undisciplined paean to living in the moment - one that ironically has a hard time maintaining focus.
| Original Score: B-
Later, the film's message reveals itself to be: "Live every day as though it had a soundtrack by Coldplay." Take that, and the rest of the film, as cynically or as idealistically as you choose.
The film takes few of the liberties you'd expect from its genre, and it conforms to an internal logic throughout.
Spending two hours with all of these characters is a sweetly uplifting, even life-affirming experience.
It's all so perfect and sparkly that Curtis would rather not break the mood with drama or plot.
It almost ignores its central time travel concept and instead focuses on an unbridled joy in love. Can that get too sweet and sugary? Of course, but sometimes a dose of sweet and sugary is perfectly welcome.
| Original Score: 80/100