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Time After Time (1979)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 4

With the three principal actors clearly having fun with their roles, Time After Time becomes an amusing, light-hearted fantasy lark.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

With the three principal actors clearly having fun with their roles, Time After Time becomes an amusing, light-hearted fantasy lark.

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It's H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) versus Jack the Ripper (David Warner) in the fanciful Time After Time -- and, per the film's title, the chase extends from the 19th century to the 20th. Wells has built a time machine in his cellar, which the Ripper uses as a means of escape. Both men find themselves in 20th century San Francisco, and, after a period of adjustment, they make themselves at home. The plot takes a dark turn when the Ripper, disappointed that Wells' dreams of a Utopian future have

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A delightful, entertaining trifle of a film that shows both the possibilities and limitations of taking liberties with literature and history.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Clever and well calculated.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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After nearly two hours the tension has evaporated, and all that's left is a curdle of jokes and brutality.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A movie that's as sweet as it is clever, and never so clever that it forgets to be entertaining.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There are a lot of nice touches in Time After Time, but the overall plot is too obviously scripted.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Time After Time is still a fun fish-out-of-water flick that deserves more attention than it has received in the thirty years following its release. But there's still plenty of time for that.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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Meyer makes a fine directorial debut, pacing the film for optimal suspense despite some obvious holes in the script.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Underrated classic mixing H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper. Stylish, even the music.

February 6, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

This cinematic oddity is nonetheless a true guilty pleasure.

February 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

tense and gripping

April 6, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Terrific little time-travel romantic thriller with three outstanding performances.

January 14, 2005
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full of potential smarts, failed intrigue and a dated survey of the 20th century.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Time After Time is an inventive comedy-mystery.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A wonderful concoction. H.G. Wells vs. Jack the Ripper, the time machine, it all works.

June 20, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A pleasing little time-waster.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Possibly my favorite time travel flick ever.

January 11, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Writers Karl Alexander and Steve Hayes came up with a brilliant idea for this 1979 movie.

October 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Writer Nicholas Meyer's 1979 directorial debut is probably still his best film.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Blessedly unpretentious.

September 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...a surprisingly good 'what if' story.

August 21, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Bastante divertido, o filme tem algumas idéias bem interessantes e conta com boas interpretações dos protagonistas.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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Audience Reviews for Time After Time

This is my favourite of all the Jack the Ripper theory themed movies. It has a bunch of good actors, and the story is good, and it's a great adventure too.
January 7, 2011
ajv2688

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very entertaining. happy b-day, hg
September 22, 2009
rubystevens
Stella Dallas

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Take a barrel of monkeys, multiple that by pi and you'll have an idea of how fun this movie is.

HG Wells allows Jack the Ripper to escape in time through the use of his time machine, so naturally HG follows him to 1979 in order to capture him. Surprisingly funny and light hearted for a movie of it's body count.
September 4, 2009
kenstachnik

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A well thought out "what if" crime caper. HG Wells seeks out his former best-friend now revealed as Jack the Ripper, as he takes up his prostitute-slaying ways in 1970's San Francisco.

The morality lectures are short and to the point, and evoke a clever subplot: the Ripper is delighted by the decadence of modern society, almost tenderly declaring that it is where he belongs... while Wells languishes as his ideals of a future utopia are crushed.

Thankfully, for a time-travel film, the obligatory "culture-shock" sequences don't overstay their welcome, and a both characters manage to act with actual intelligence in covering up their origins to avoid being thrown into the nuthouse.

A clever little innocuous exercise which stands out for deftly avoiding the genres pitfalls... though, it hardly rises above them.
July 19, 2009
dhetteix

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    1. Herbert G. Wells: The first man to raise a fist is the man who has run out of ideas.
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