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About Time Reviews

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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage
June 22, 2016
If you have ever entertained the possibility of swimming against the current of your own time stream and remaking key choices therein, then you've likely put more thought into this premise than Curtis did.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bill Newcott
AARP Movies for Grownups
April 18, 2016
Young love provides the framework for About Time, the latest movie from writer-director Richard Curtis. But the heart of the film is a story about a boy, his father and the greatest gift they can give each other: their time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4 of 5
Gabrielle Bondi
The Young Folks
July 20, 2015
[Gleeson] fully embodies Tim's affability, and the chemistry between him and Rachel is lovely. But even better is his chemistry with his on-screen dad, Bill Nighy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Vice
Cinephiled
May 12, 2014
"It's just so overflowing with ideas and characters that the main point it's trying to make nearly eludes it."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2014
The film matures from a mere romcom into something older and wiser, as Tim and his dad have some heart-to-hearts that end up becoming lessons for all of us in how to live.
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
December 10, 2013
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.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
November 18, 2013
Richard Curtis' movies are classics but this one is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Paste Magazine
November 16, 2013
If it feels like the mangled adaptation of a much richer and more rewarding novel, almost everything that is frustrating about the film is also counterbalanced by moments of thoughtfulness and insightfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Prigge
Metro
November 14, 2013
It never once questions our protagonist's manipulation of time and people, and seems to think one can enjoy a life of true happiness...built upon some pretty serious lies. Creepy, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 13, 2013
There are those who, upon finding a plot hole in a film, allow it to ruin the movie. I'm not among them.'About Time' is flawed, with numerous plot holes. But it's beautifully told, wonderfully acted and touching enough to bring viewers to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 13, 2013
This complete charmer of a movie delighted me from start to finish. In fact, About Time may well be the two most purely pleasurable hours I've spent in the cinema all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Elias Savada
Film Threat
November 12, 2013
In the end, it's a charmer. For those of you who have liked Curtis' previous rom-coms, come along for a lovely joyride...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
November 12, 2013
Akin to a children's novel (the sort where the shadow of death fuzzily looms), About Time turns into a successfully sentimental family film in the literal sense of the term.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 11, 2013
Some people will revel in this warm front of innocence; others will reach for their Voltaire.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 11, 2013
Typical Richard Curtis fare, with a time travel twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
November 9, 2013
Brilliantly written and well directed by Curtis (this is his third film behind the camera), "About Time" is just another jewel in his crown as the reigning romantic comedy king.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
November 9, 2013
It's about time so it's a bit convoluted. It's too long but not a bad rom-com.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rick Bentley
Fresno Bee
November 8, 2013
No director/writer has shown a better understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of love than Richard Curtis.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
November 8, 2013
"About Time" uses an ingenious and original comic device, built around the most irresistible commodity any movie can offer...
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
November 8, 2013
About Time is a solid tale about love, loss, and family with great performances - that leans on a compelling but sometimes problematic time-travel premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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