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About Time Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 6, 2013
There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
November 5, 2013
To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable.
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
November 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 4, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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November 1, 2013
The film takes few of the liberties you'd expect from its genre, and it conforms to an internal logic throughout.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 1, 2013
It's all so perfect and sparkly that Curtis would rather not break the mood with drama or plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 1, 2013
Perhaps, like me, you find the oeuvre of British writer-director Richard Curtis a bit -- how shall I put it -- twee?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
November 1, 2013
The latest sprawling romcom/family drama from Richard Curtis way outlasts its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 1, 2013
A soap opera of babies, poignant moments, minor crises, and lessons about savouring each day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
November 1, 2013
I cannot help but fall for Richard Curtis's rather self-indulgent romantic comedies. My level head might be crying 'No,' but my lopsided heart can't help but say yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 1, 2013
The script is so willy-nilly about the complexities of the issues it introduces that it winds up collapsing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 1, 2013
A mostly charming romance, leavened by deft comedy, interesting sidelights (there are a few wonderful jabs at the world of the British theater) and a lovely cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2013
For moviegoers who can't fathom any situation worth $10.50 to witness everlasting love, steer clear of "About Time." But the drama offers something for almost everyone else ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 31, 2013
For all its glutinous cuteness, damn if "About Time" doesn't sneak up and sock you in the tear ducts. I tried not to fall for it. I failed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 31, 2013
By the time you get home from the multiplex, it will be as if the whole thing never happened.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2013
It likely won't top the box office of such previous Curtis enchantments as Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral, but like most soppy encounters, it'll do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 31, 2013
Nighy makes it all OK, or mostly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
October 31, 2013
Time travel can be a nifty device for stirring and complicating romantic drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 31, 2013
A pleasant, gentle comedy about learning to love life; about enjoying every moment, even if you have to play it over twice to get it right.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 31, 2013
Dragged down by whimsy and sentiment, About Time feels like it weighs a ton.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2013
Enjoy the love in your life, and don't squander it: That's all Curtis is selling here, really.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 31, 2013
The film left me feeling simultaneously amused and used. Could Richard Curtis go back in time and make a slightly less strenuously adorable movie?
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
October 31, 2013
Somehow unsentimental in his sentimentality, Nighy makes shopworn carpe diem platitudes sound like fresh wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 31, 2013
Writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) papers over any disturbing subtext with wall-to-wall cuteness -- even the sex jokes sound as if they were lifted from greeting cards.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 31, 2013
About Time does not waste time having its characters try to significantly alter the future by killing Hitler or evil cyborgs. It prefers to blindside you with sentimentality and see how that goes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 30, 2013
A time-travel rom-com with more than romance and comedy on its mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 30, 2013
Gleeson and McAdams make a touching, lifelike couple, but by the time the movie starts telling us to live each day as if we were going back and doing it all over again, you may feel Curtis has mistaken hokum for wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 30, 2013
It raises the inherent implausibility of the rom-com narrative to a new level.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 29, 2013
In a word: Ugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 28, 2013
About Time is like a sermon that starts with a few good jokes and ends with tremulous exhortations to live, live.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 9, 2013
Beautiful to look at, with its seaside estates and its rain-soaked weddings and besotted characters being lovely to one another, but it's a treacly greeting card coming from someone whose love letters used to have a little more bite.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
September 23, 2013
There won't be a dry eye in the house, but the tears will be unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 9, 2013
In Curtis's hands, time travel is really a way of learning how to live a better life. (Strangely, though, we're not meant to think there's anything creepy about playing puppetmaster with people's lives.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
August 9, 2013
There are just enough laugh-out-loud moments here to excuse the lurches into shameless, tear-jerking sentimentality.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 8, 2013
Gleeson and McAdams have a radiant, believable chemistry that keeps the film aloft, while the other actors glide through effortlessly ...