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In Time (2011)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 101

In Time's intriguing premise and appealing cast are easily overpowered by the blunt, heavy-handed storytelling.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 28

In Time's intriguing premise and appealing cast are easily overpowered by the blunt, heavy-handed storytelling.



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When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money - literally - enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. -- (C) 20th Century Fox

Jan 31, 2012


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (101) | DVD (2)

In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Clever and unsettling.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Niccol's major problem is timing: action sequences and dialogue scenes lie flat on the screen, while his tendency to play around with pacing means that any tension quickly dissipates. Life's too short.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film is beautifully shot in chilly blues and grays by cinematographer Roger Deakins, and Los Angeles locales are well chosen for futuristic effect. Most of the time, however, I found myself glancing at the clock on my own wrist.

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comment (1)
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Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.

October 31, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (6)
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A movie so consistently flat-footed, with pauses between lines of dialogue so vast, that you begin to wonder if the whole thing might be a psychological experiment of some kind.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (7)
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Don't let the ads fool you: It has a lot on its mind.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

One long, extended chase sequence interspersed with awkward flirting.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Even with its thoughtful nods to "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Les Miserables," "In time" never delivers that transcendent "Blade Runner" moment, and never rises above cult classic to simple classic.

December 29, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

There's a lot to like about In Time, but it misses the mark for being an overly memorable experience and ends up being just an adequate sci-fi flick.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

"In Time" gets points for putting forth an interesting concept, but because of Niccol's inability to utilize that concept, we get a film that ends up going nowhere.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source:

Worry, worry and watch the clock, for 'In Time' wastes what time you've got.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Andrew Niccol's dystopia never really feels like anything other than a depthless, stylish sleek surface.

February 27, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Starts out great, almost like a pseudo sequel to Niccol's other sci-fi drama Gattaca, but slowly unravels into a mindless chase picture that never really captures any real depth or meaning.

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Nothing remarkable about this futuristic adventure that reminds me a bit of "Logan's Run." Paul Chambers, CNN.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comment (1)

Andrew Niccol continues to be the go-to guy for using smartly executed science-fiction/fantasy concepts in the service of expressing ideas rather than bang-up action.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source:

The movie doesn't ask much of them, acting-wise, as it devolves into a chase film and doesn't spent any time examining all the thorny moral quandaries that it brings up.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Prophetically arriving at about the same time as the Occupy Wall Street protests, the film couldn't be more relevant; unfortunately, it's also ham-handed.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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December 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

Timberlake's charisma can't carry this but it's hard to think of anyone who could.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Like a 99 Percenter in the making, Will is stunned to hear from Henry that -- oh my god! -- the system of doling out time is rigged.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comment (1)

Nobody should waste a minute of their life on this baloney.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express | Comments (6)
East Bay Express

Niccol's metaphor gets silly fast.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

This Bonnie and Clyde couldn't have less on screen chemistry if Clyde was the orangutan from Every Which Way but Loose.

November 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

This alternate world's hollowness drains the movie, blanching the noir. Cheesy, corny moments pop up throughout. Grinds its potential down into a clockwork chase movie.

November 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for In Time

The premise of time being currency, and that for a few to live forever many must die, is amazing. Also, the cast is great. But the film, written and directed by Andrew Niccol, is less than the sum of its parts. It does not explore the world it creates. There are too many heavy handed narrative arcs. And the film ultimately becomes a Bonnie & Clyde knock off. In Time is fun, but it could have been so much greater, especially in the wake of the Occupy movement.
May 18, 2014

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Odd and enjoyable sci-fi thriller, even if somewhat predictable.
June 8, 2013

Super Reviewer

"In Time" is a wonderful premise done in by an aimless and weighed down script. The story goes into out-of-the-blue directions that do the premise a major disservice. Perhaps if they had fully focused the story around the "Robin Hood" angle more completely, "In Time" could have worked, but it wastes too much time with subplots involving uninteresting criminals, predictable villains and connect them together with ponderous dialogue.

A wooden Timberlake and a pallid Seyfried are serviceable as leads but just like the rest of the cast the actors can't find their character's consistent core purpose so they just play them as generically as possible. Vincent Kartheiser and Cillian Murphy play versions of other characters they've played before.

Shoulda coulda "In Time" rarely delivers on its promise.
December 24, 2012
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Interesting enough. Action filled enough. Halfway decent enough storyline. I think, however, that Justin Timberlake isn't actor enough...Not bad, but not memorable, either.
July 31, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Raymond Leon: You can run.
    2. Will Salas: So can you.
    – Submitted by Emelyn W (8 months ago)
    1. Sylvia Weis: We can't just keep driving around in this car. It's a cop car.
    2. Will Salas: So let's make an arrest.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (22 months ago)
    1. Sylvia Weis: I didn't mean to shoot him, I wanted to scare him.
    2. Will Salas: I think you did both.
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (22 months ago)
    1. Sylvia Weis: Is it stealing if it's already stolen?
    – Submitted by Carlo Roy R (22 months ago)
    1. Will Salas: Live forever or die trying.
    – Submitted by Lydia Gonzalez M (2 years ago)
    1. Will Salas: COME ON! HELP YOURSELVES!
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)
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