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Nick of Time (1995)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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A stranger pulled into a deadly scheme races against time to save his daughter in this thriller. Gene Watson (Johnny Depp) is an accountant who comes to L.A. with his ten-year-old daughter Lynn (Courtney Chase) to attend a funeral. On the street, Gene and Lynn are pulled aside by Mr. Smith (Christopher Walken) and Ms. Jones (Roma Maffia), who flash what look like police badges and usher them into a van. Gene soon discovers that he's been kidnapped, and his captors have an unusual demand -- if


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Jun 22, 1999

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (20) | DVD (3)

O artifício narrativo do "tempo real", usado com bem mais eficácia em Matar ou Morrer e Festim Diabólico, acaba se revelando insuficiente para gerar a tensăo desejada, que, como se năo bastasse, é destruída de vez no terrível ato final do filme.

September 5, 2008
Cinema em Cena

An exciting albeit illogical tale of mystery and suspense...

August 9, 2007
Film Threat

A fast and furious 90 minutes that doesn't waste a second.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A slick, highly imaginative thriller

March 10, 2005

Depp... is very visibly bored with this blatant bid for mainstream action stardom.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

What is Depp doing in this tepid thriller?

November 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Depp and Walken. What else matters?

October 11, 2003

Doesn't work as well as it think it does, but remains compelling, throughout.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Tight, suspenseful thriller.

August 23, 2002

Gimmicky film that takes some great actors and makes them into props. Depp plays against type, and Walken manages okay as the film operates in real time (a device used many times before and since, most recently in Fox's "24" TV show). Skip it.

August 9, 2002

Walken is more pantomime villain than genuine menace and Depp spends the entire film looking as though he regretted signing up for it.

May 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

This inconsequential suspense yarn brings little to the table and concludes with an unsatisfying ending -- which was more silly than tense.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Nick of Time

A very average movie, a political conspiracy Thriller, with a corny plot. No Johnny Depp stamp on this one and not one he'll be remembered for, watchable, but very forgettable
January 28, 2011

Super Reviewer

Ninety minutes. Six bullets. No choice.
December 22, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

"Kisses to you.
- No, kisses to you!"

John Badham, the director, has had some moderate success in the 70's and 80's. 'Saturday Night Fever', 'War Games' and 'Stakeout' just to name a few. Nowadays he's making a career at the TV industry and I'm pretty sure that 'Nick of Time' has something to do with it...

Don't get me wrong! This movie has some good elements. First of all comes in mind that the movie is shown in "real time". I can't really think of that many movies that are made like this. 'Vantage Point' and 'Phone Booth'? And of course now Jack Bauer on TV in '24'...

But the problem with this movie is that it doesn't fee like a movie but more like a 90 minute long TV film. It doesn't have "big screen" written on it. The action is pretty lame and there's like no tension at all. And come to think of it, the story ain't that good either...

But what saves this film from sucking ass is Christopher Walken. He manages to overact once again but in a good way... Like always. Johnny Depp shows glimpses of his star ability but the rest of the cast are mostly unknown to me or familiar from different TV shows. Don't get me wrong (again), I like good TV just as much as the next guy but this isn't a film that should be given major release because it just doesn't have the key elements for that.

So, in my opinion, 'Nick of Time' is recommended only for Depp or Walken fans.
December 4, 2009

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