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Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes) (2007)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 9

Timecrimes is a low-budget thriller that's well-crafted and loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.

79

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 4

Timecrimes is a low-budget thriller that's well-crafted and loaded with dark humor and bizarre twists.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 7,486

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An ordinary guy takes an extraordinary step through time in this science fiction thriller. Hector (Karra Elejalde) is spending a few days in the countryside with his girlfriend, Clara (Candela Fernández), when he sees something that catches his attention while playing with his binoculars. Looking at a nearby house near a wooded area, Hector spies a beautiful woman taking her clothes off, and decides to take a stroll and give her a closer look. However, when he arrives at the house several

Mar 31, 2009

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Very cool.

March 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The key here is to keep things moving without letting the logical (or illogical) complications weigh down the action, and [director] Vigalondo does this well.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The director operates his metaphysical contraption with enough wit to jolt away your skepticism.

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The modest satisfactions of Timecrimes come down to a protagonist divided against himself.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Timecrimes is like a temporal chess game with nudity, voyeurism and violence, which makes it more boring than most chess games but less boring than a lot of movies.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The idea isn't bad, and Vigalondo makes the pretzel logic of the situation lucid, but he doesn't have the chops to give the tale the suspense and humor it needs.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Hector's insane time-travel journey is an excellent example of high-concept sci-fi.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Watching "Timecrimes" is like stumbling in a pitch-black haunted house. Hitting walls where paths should be is fun, and time-travel tropes of choice versus fate are inventively goosed. Even with five minutes left, it could conclude in any number of ways.

November 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

The idyllic but mundane world of the film's opening segues smoothly into a sequence out of a highly intelligent slasher film, before finally settling into its niche as a darkly funny, and at times mildly disturbing, sci-fi thriller.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

That rarest of rare things: an intelligent time-travel movie that actually holds together on closer examination.

September 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

While I enjoyed the film a great deal, I honestly wonder if there'd be this amount of hoopla if the picture, say, starred a yamhead like Val Kilmer and was set in New Jersey.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

A smart, occasionally thrilling science fiction tale...

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A tight little movie where every setup is paid off

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

As a director, Vigalondo sweeps you up into his tale and keeps you running at what seems like full speed toward the finish line.

April 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Nacho Vigalondo's bleak time-travel thriller... [chronicles the travails of a] classic film noir schmuck: No matter what he does, sooner or later fate will stick out her foot and trip him up.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

His film is satisfying in its clever construction and vivid style.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

The first feature by a promising young director who doesn't know how to recapture the hare he has let loose.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A film that exemplifies the popular artistic notion of inescapable tragic destiny.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

An enterprising Spanish time-travel thriller, that's light on DeLoreans and lightning bolts, but heavy on fiendish cross-currents of temporal interaction.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Meticulous plotting, breathless pacing, paradoxes aplenty, and some surprisingly human dilemmas, all make this low-key sci-fi thriller well worth going back over again and again. It is a Primer-like triumph of ideas over budget.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (2)
Film4

Fiendishly convoluted and stylishly crafted, Time Crime is a low-budget sci-fi thriller from Spain that ably demonstrates the value of a neat idea, cleverly executed.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Enjoyable, smartly directed time travel thriller with strong performances and a genuinely creepy atmosphere, though the twists are a little predictable.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

An invigoratingly imaginative and thrilling ride full of clever surprises and twists.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Clara: Time flies here.

"The present can change the past."

Timecrimes is a unique and well done time travel thriller. I'm not the biggest fan of time travel movies, but Timecrimes manages to be original and actually is able to keep all of the pieces of the puzzle together, while most time travel films fall apart. It's also just a lot of fun. From when we begin to see where the plot is going to the final scene where examine what has taken place from different perspectives; the film work and no doubt entertains.

Hector and his girlfriend or wife(I don't really know) are at a countryside home that it looks like they have just moved into and are fixing up. When Hector is using binoculars to scope out the landscape, he sees a beautiful girl taking her shirt off in the woods. His wife leaves, so he goes to get a closer look, stumbling upon the naked girl motionless on the ground in the woods. He's then attacked by a man and stabbed in the arm. He runs away, jumps a fence, and winds up breaking into a building that only one person is present. To hide from his attacker, he gets into a weird tomb like thing. Well the building wasn't any building, but a time travel science lab. Now Hector has traveled back in time roughly an hour and a half before he got in. Now things get real crazy.

I loved the plot, I loved the twists, and overall I just really loved this movie. It's a time travel movie that works because every loose end of normal time travel movies was tightened up. There are no glaring plot holes like you see in most movies of this type. Everything fits together and that's why the movie works so well.

If you're at all a fan of the genre, then definitely give this one a watch. More experienced viewers of the genre may find some problems with it, but for me this movie was as close to perfect as I've seen from a time travel movie. If there are problems that I wasn't noticing, you should still find the plot fun and engaging.
June 11, 2013
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Set in a very local area, the plot is tight and there is no loop holes found in other time travel films. Its truly something original in the way that its made and guarantees a logical ending.
June 21, 2012
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