A Wrinkle in Time

Critics 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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Critic Reviews for A Wrinkle in Time

All Critics (312) | Top Critics (51)

  • I was really looking forward to the idea of it being one of those stories for young girls and kids, the STEM aspect of it, sci-fi... technology... but this is more of a fantasy.

    Mar 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film's themes of love, family and self-acceptance are powerful enough to resonate with audiences. But the concept and casting shouldn't be the most magical parts of a fantasy film, no matter how enchanting its message is.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Caryn James

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Somehow I doubt that Disney is about to spawn another franchise from what we have here. Maybe children will get more fun from reading the books. Now there's a thought.

    Mar 28, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Beneath it all, at the centre of this deceptively simple, unfussy film is the powerful and frequently heartbreaking story of a little girl who misses her dad. That's it.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Good-natured, unworldly, a bit ungainly, not a masterpiece, but amiable and generous in spirit.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Storm Reid gives a pint-sized powerhouse performance. But there's little else to admire here.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Wrinkle in Time

  • Feb 25, 2019
    Oh man, if I'd at any point ever had any faith at all in A Wrinkle in Time? I would have been sorely disappointed. Which is a shame on both counts, because it would be great if a film targeted at young people with both complex ideas and multiple women of colour in lead roles could have been like... Good.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2018
    It's not without minor charms but given the talent involved and the strong source material, this should be so much better. Despite a few recent exceptions, this is just further proof that Disney is not the kind of place that artists can thrive.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2018
    I feel as though this film is some sort of punishment for not having read the book as a child. Dreadful. Absolutely dreadful.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2018
    Based on the much loved children's book of the same name, "A Wrinkle in Time" carries a great sense of wonder and awe bought towards it's narrative, even with a great sense of visual flare to go along with it's gifted performers the film is very watchable to all viewers or especially it's target audience (family/kids). However, despite the eye-catching gazes and genuine sense of otherworldly surrealism that perpetuates the hearts and minds of all audiences, it's neither a great film within itself, nor is it a great adaptation. This doesn't just account to how many liberties were taken in the adaptation process, but more within the overall story itself. It's perfectly elaborate scale and heart-warming messages kind of want to offer more than what was briefly glimpsed at or even explored in the overall narrative that would have benefited the overarching style of this film willing to be both faithful to it's source material counterpart and creative piece of family-friendly Disney-esque surreal cinema. Thus the overall film offers a decent viewing experience for it's moral/themes and sense of adventure, but doesn't fulfill the greater aspect of it's ambitions nor it's tremendous world-building mechanics to really be very measurable to it's source material counterpart. Recommended with caution nonetheless, especially to those within it's target audience.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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