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A Wrinkle in Time (2018)



Critic Consensus: A Wrinkle in Time is visually gorgeous, big-hearted, and occasionally quite moving; unfortunately, it's also wildly ambitious to a fault, and often less than the sum of its classic parts.

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Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg's younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Chris Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides-Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling)-who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest. Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them.

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Storm Reid
as Meg Murray
Oprah Winfrey
as Mrs. Which
Reese Witherspoon
as Mrs. Whatsit
Mindy Kaling
as Mrs. Who
Zach Galifianakis
as The Happy Medium
Chris Pine
as Dr. Alex Murry
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
as Dr. Kate Murry
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All Critics (210) | Top Critics (45)

The best way to enjoy A Wrinkle in Time is to get past the Hollywood royalty and super-powered special effects. Focus instead on Meg and her story, and look forward to more adventures for girls in Hollywood's future.

March 13, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Director Ava DuVernay has a light touch with these early scenes, though she gets seriously bogged down in special effects as the film goes on.

March 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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Judged on its own terms, A Wrinkle in Time is a pretty good, perhaps even a quite good, movie. But it is a children's movie. See it with a child or--as DuVernay recommends--with a child's wonder. Otherwise, probably don't bother seeing it at all.

March 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the slow pace of the first hour coupled by the tedium of a CGI overload, reduces A Wrinkle in Time to one of Disney's most lackluster big-budget releases since The BFG.

March 10, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

No Hollywood film can ever solve the central problem of adapting this book, in that it inevitably does too much of the imagining for you. DuVernay makes a big-hearted go of it, even if she seems slightly dazzled by her own magical mystery tour.

March 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps this movie is so striking because it's such a wonky and self-possessed experience, too much of its own thing to feel like it was tailor-made for anyone but the people who need it most.

March 9, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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Everyone seems to be throwing shade on Disney for being too attached to franchises and not doing anything original. They are definitely a studio that recycles ideas and makes them into unique new things, so they are always worthy of applause, no matter how familiar one of their films may seem. I was very much looking forward to A Wrinkle in Time. I had no prior knowledge of its source material, so I was seeing it as an original film that was hitting theatres sometime soon. That time has now come, and although I'm something who tries to see the best in every film that I watch, there's no denying that this one just doesn't quite feel right. Not to say this is a bad movie by any means, but here's why it fails to reach its potential on multiple occasions. After her father disappears and ends up somewhere distant in the universe, his daughter Meg is sent by three women on a quest through time and space to locate him. Accompanied by her younger brother Charles Wallace and newfound friend Clavin, the three of them embark on a strange journey across the universe. With unique visuals surround each and every scene and a fantastic performance by Storm Reid in the leading role, the epic scale, and emotional impact are truly what will win over the viewers. Aside from those elements, this is a fairly sloppy movie that tries a little too hard to be unique. Without ruining the film, it relies very heavily on the character of Charles Wallace to heighten certain aspects of the story. For that reason, the film suffers from a few laughable lines of dialogue, due to the fact that Deric McCabe may not have been the right kid to cast in this particular role. I was taken out of many dramatic moments, simply because I just wasn't buying into the way he was delivering his lines. On top of that, the three goddesses in Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey are present for a purpose, but they could've easily been excluded from the film once they bring the main characters to the places they need to be. They're quite annoying and simply unnecessary when it came to the story itself. Witherspoon was solid, but that's only because she had more things to do with her role than the others. The most frustrating part about this film is that Chris Pine is great in this movie and the conclusion of the third act felt earned and I found myself emotionally invested and caring about certain characters. The reason that aspect of the film is frustrating is that the film deviates too much from his character and it just feels like it drags quite a while before reaching him. That's a huge problem, especially when reflecting on the fact that the runtime is a mere 109 minutes. In the end, A Wrinkle in Time may have been a much better film with a few re-writes and about 20-30 minutes added on in order to expand the world a little more. The editing felt choppy at times, certain characters appear in places without explanation, and the solid visuals aren't enough to elevate the sloppy plot execution. Yes, there are a few great performances and the core story is worth watching, but there are too many problems surrounding that element to really send anyone out to see this in theatres. This is a neat and complex idea that would've worked as a much grander and elongated epic. Ava Duvernay is a fantastic director that tried a little too hard to impress here and I truly hate to have to admit that about this promising storyline. Overall, this is a pretty middle-of-the-road picture.

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