About Time


About Time

Critics Consensus

Beautifully filmed and unabashedly sincere, About Time finds director Richard Curtis at his most sentimental.



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At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.(c) Universal

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Bill Nighy
as Tim's Father
Tom Hughes
as Jimmy Kinkade
Margot Robbie
as Charlotte
Lydia Wilson
as Kit Kat
Lindsay Duncan
as Tim's Mother
Clemmie Dugdale
as Ginger Jenny
Mitchell Mullen
as Mary's Father, Fitz
Lisa Eichhorn
as Mary's Mother, Jean
Natasha Powell
as Aunty May
Mark Healy
as Dans Le Noir Maitre D'
Ben Benson
as Theatre Deserter
Philip Voss
as Theatre Judge
Tom Godwin
as Prompter
Pal Aron
as Bhattie QC
Andrew Martin Yates
as Wedding Priest
Verity Fullerton
as Posy (Newborn)
Veronica Owings
as Posy (1 Year)
Olivia Konten
as Posy (2 1/2-3 Years)
Sarah Steinberg Heller
as Posy (5 Years)
Jacob Francis
as Jeff (Newborn)
Jago Freud
as Jeff (5 Months)
Ollie Phillips
as Jeff (2 Years)
Sophie Pond
as Jo (6 Months)
Sophie Brown
as Jo (1 Year)
Molly Seymour
as Trudy (Party Guest)
Matilda Sturridge
as Flirty Girl
Rebecca Chew
as Pret A Manger Server
Jon West
as Court Clerk
Ken Hazeldine
as Defendant
Barbar Gough
as Jazz Singer
Jon Boden
as Busker
Charlie Curtis
as Young Tim
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Critic Reviews for About Time

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (48)

  • Even in a work of science fiction like this, Gleeson seems beyond real. All those foam-faces being made in the dark? They're for him.

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Some people will revel in this warm front of innocence; others will reach for their Voltaire.

    Nov 11, 2013 | Full Review…
  • There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.

    Nov 6, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable.

    Nov 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • You may as well check your cynicism at the door, because Curtis & Co. are going to find a way to trample all over it - adorably.

    Nov 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • With more attention to detail, this could have worked, but the time travel aspects are so badly executed that the movie as a whole falters and eventually rips apart at the seams.

    Nov 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for About Time

  • Aug 02, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2016
    Working Title pictures are almost their own cliche these days with their fantasy portrayals of upper-middle class British life that seem even further removed from reality now than before. This one even borrowed an idea from Four Weddings & A Funeral with the dress-picking scene. Still, if you forgive the shaky camera work, this one employs a clever plot device to dissect Richard Curtis's philosophical musings on life with another heart-warming feel-good story to add to the collection.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2015
    About Time A rare example of a romantic comedy done in a fresh, memorable, and heartfelt way, About Time is an immensely enjoyable film. It takes an outlandish premise, that of time travel, and puts it in a narrative context that makes one hardly question it, and actually adds something to the story. Far from being a gimmick, it makes for a genuinely interesting exploration of the meaning of love, free will, death, and the choices we make. The chemistry between Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams is outstanding, as the two enliven every scene. It's a captivating film, it's an emotional film, and it's a funny film. 4.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2014
    Not your typical romcom, relying on a time travel fantasy element. This film is well acted and charming, with a surprisingly profound message. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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