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In Time (2011)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 67,555


Movie Info

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

PG-13 (for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and brief strong language)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Andrew Nicol
In Theaters:
Jan 31, 2012
Box Office:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for In Time

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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Clever and unsettling.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.

Full Review… | October 31, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
Top Critic

Don't let the ads fool you: It has a lot on its mind.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

One long, extended chase sequence interspersed with awkward flirting.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | December 29, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2012

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | February 27, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 12, 2012

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2012

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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012

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.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012

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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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Full Review… | December 26, 2011
Movies for the Masses

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

Full Review… | December 7, 2011

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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011

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

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
East Bay Express

Niccol's metaphor gets silly fast.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review… | November 13, 2011
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.

Full Review… | November 11, 2011
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.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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

Christian C

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.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

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.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

In Time Quotes

Raymond Leon:
You can run.
Will Salas:
So can you.
– Submitted by Emelyn W (9 months ago)
Sylvia Weis:
We can't just keep driving around in this car. It's a cop car.
Will Salas:
So let's make an arrest.
– Submitted by Carlo Roy R (23 months ago)
Sylvia Weis:
I didn't mean to shoot him, I wanted to scare him.
Will Salas:
I think you did both.
– Submitted by Carlo Roy R (23 months ago)
Sylvia Weis:
Is it stealing if it's already stolen?
– Submitted by Carlo Roy R (23 months ago)
Will Salas:
Live forever or die trying.
– Submitted by Lydia Gonzalez M (2 years ago)
Will Salas:
– Submitted by Baurushan J (2 years ago)

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