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About Time Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
November 1, 2013
By the end, most will wish they could turn back the clock and buy a ticket for something else.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
September 4, 2013
Guilty pleasure alert: Richard Cutis' sugar-sweet film about love, life and, erm, time travel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2013
For Richard Curtis, this must have been hilarious on the page - but on the big screen it is tedious. At the end, I was left wondering, could I travel back in time to before I bought my ticket?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Alan Bett
The Skinny
September 2, 2013
There is no dissection of love or the human condition here, only a syrupy river flowing away from the comedy zeitgeist that's so sweet it should come with a shot of insulin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 31, 2013
Writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) papers over any disturbing subtext with wall-to-wall cuteness -- even the sex jokes sound as if they were lifted from greeting cards.
Siobhan Synnot
September 2, 2013
Curtis seems deaf to his own preaching, because at two hours, About Time is far too long for its thin parable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 7, 2013
Eventually undone both by the flimsiness of its own sci-fi conceit and by Curtis' struggle to build fully realized characters other than Tim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
November 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
October 9, 2013
Beautiful to look at, with its seaside estates and its rain-soaked weddings and besotted characters being lovely to one another, but it's a treacly greeting card coming from someone whose love letters used to have a little more bite.
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Jordan Hoffman
September 23, 2013
There won't be a dry eye in the house, but the tears will be unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
November 1, 2013
Life is all about time and I would wait for the DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
October 28, 2013
A good-hearted film with nice moments but the gimmick is weak and its mawkish sentiments belong on Hallmark cards, not in a top-notch romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Robert Levin
October 31, 2013
Admirable effort, but the movie aims for the heartstrings so resolutely that it ultimately leaves much less of an emotional impact than it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2013
The actors are excellent, but the story is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katey Rich
October 3, 2013
About Time is funny and charming as all get out, but its messy core keeps the many pieces of quirk, sentiment and romance from lining up into anything worthy of all the talent here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Catherine Shoard
August 8, 2013
Curtis has managed to achieve the impossible. Specifically: he has gone back to 1993 and remade Groundhog Day with a ginger Hugh Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 7, 2013
For all its little pleasures, About Time just adds a level of magical realism to his typical themes that doesn't make love feel any more magical or any more real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
September 5, 2013
Curtis has said he may stop making movies, and on the basis of this film you can kind of see why: he's clearly in a rut
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 6, 2013
Arbitrary and inconsistent rules of time travel in aid of creepy romantic manipulation and temporal stalking. But hey, at least it's got Bill Nighy!
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 31, 2013
...Richard Curtis returns with another of his squishy works, likable actors engaging in weddings and funerals throughout a story that inevitably runs too long approaching a climax that will be in plain view for anyone who's seen a movie or two.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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