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Timecode (Time Code) (2000)

tomatometer

68

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 26

Not much of a story, but the execution is interesting.

68

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 7

Not much of a story, but the execution is interesting.

audience

49

liked it
Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 4,965

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Movie Info

Director Mike Figgis helmed this ground-breaking experimental feature, filmed with four synchronized digital video cameras in four separate locations. The story, outlined in advance but otherwise improvised, was enacted in a single continuous take, like a stage play, with the unedited images from all four locations presented on the screen at once. Figgis and his crew chose the best single run-through, and the result is the film's final release version. The story focuses on four main characters

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Drama, Comedy

Dec 26, 2000

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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (26) | DVD (7)

I recommend the film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Like a good supermarket tabloid, Time Code grabs -- and keeps -- our attention.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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a fascinating introduction to innovative film technique

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

The film's raison d'etre is its technique.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

What fails it is the generic, banal storyline.

February 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

One has to admire its visual chutzpah.

May 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This gimmicky experimental film from Mike Figgis ("Leaving Las Vegas") isn't worth the film it's on...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A big pretentious joke.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
Scott Renshaw's Screening Room

Four times better than most multiplex fare.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Don't touch that pause button!

January 1, 2000 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It's hypertextual moviemaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

An audaciously unique and exciting film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

There's a lot to see in Timecode. Unfortunately, there's not a lot that's interesting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

One can achieve almost the same effect any afternoon at your local Sears store by turning 4 adjoining television sets on 4 different soap operas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Induces a serious case of sensory overload that left me drained and edgy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Time Code isn't so much a movie as an experiment in digital filmmaking, and one likely to induce nausea or migraines in the viewer.

January 1, 2000
Contra Costa Times

Audience Reviews for Timecode (Time Code)

As an experiment its admirable; an impressive feat of handheld camera work and improvisation. Unfortunately, Timecode really fails where it matters - telling a compelling story. The actors' performances also fall apart towards the end, and the entire thing becomes far more comical than it was supposed to be. But let's be honest - this film isn't nearly revolutionary. It's an ambitious gimmick, and one that only sometimes succeeds.
April 14, 2012
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Hmmm. I'd like to see this film re-made with a different cast and plot and director and producer and DP and screenwriter and sound guy and editor. The idea is cool: four things happening at once split on the screen in four ways, and they are all continuous shots in real time. Could be awesome, but...epic fail.
February 2, 2009
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Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Timecode should be hailed as a masterpiece of complex cinematic techniques. The film is shot through 4 different cameras, each one consisting of one single take. Each camera is screened at the same time, taking up a quarter of the screen. What may seem pretentious, it kind of is even the film itself points this out, demonstrates how film can still be a mind blowing experience without CGI etc. The actors are all remarkable, each one improvising there way around the final film. Another amazing fact is the timing and how everything runs perfectly. It takes a while to get used to the four screens but soon you get used to it. Watching the screen with sound at that particular time but watching the other screens out of the corner of your eye. Thumbs up to the camera men who I don't think got caught in a reflexion once. The story itself is also rather interesting, mostly as we get to see what minor characters do when not being filmed or at the center of attention. Multiple viewings will serve this film very well.
September 17, 2008
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

An interesting experiment in filmmaking, but bad acting and a dull story made it less watchable.
February 10, 2008
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