In Time


In Time (2011)


Critic Consensus: In Time's intriguing premise and appealing cast are easily overpowered by the blunt, heavy-handed storytelling.


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When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money - literally - enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. -- (C) 20th Century Fox

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Critic Reviews for In Time

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (44)

In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded.

Jun 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Clever and unsettling.

Nov 10, 2011 | Full Review…

A playful caper that ticks along on the strength of its cast.

Nov 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Niccol's major problem is timing: action sequences and dialogue scenes lie flat on the screen, while his tendency to play around with pacing means that any tension quickly dissipates. Life's too short.

Nov 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film is beautifully shot in chilly blues and grays by cinematographer Roger Deakins, and Los Angeles locales are well chosen for futuristic effect. Most of the time, however, I found myself glancing at the clock on my own wrist.

Oct 31, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.

Oct 31, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In Time

Feeling like a teevee show that wants to be a movie, we go through scenes where everyone acts as if you might care while in truth you simply don't. There's an interesting premise that's not properly explained, not enough to draw you into the story, and so when the Robin Hood half of the film kicks in - the people's rebellion against injustice - you can admire the effort but that's as far as it goes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It has an intriguing idea but the plot lacks so much information regarding the backstory and mechanics of its universe that it becomes incoherent, implausible and utterly stupid, with plot holes, pretentious dialogue and muddled motivations - especially from Murphy's character.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Every frame of this dystopian thriller wants to remind you how excellent Niccol's Gattaca was. He is simply trying to tell a similar story set in a different futuristic world. As far as the premise and the first couple of acts go, that really works. Once you accept the idea of people paying with time, the plot is quite fascinating at first. Sadly, it feels like they didn't know where to go with it and what to do with the minor characters. The interesting cop is entirely wasted, for example. That's still entertaining enough but by the end you feel like this could have been so much more.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The premise of time being currency, and that for a few to live forever many must die, is amazing. Also, the cast is great. But the film, written and directed by Andrew Niccol, is less than the sum of its parts. It does not explore the world it creates. There are too many heavy handed narrative arcs. And the film ultimately becomes a Bonnie & Clyde knock off. In Time is fun, but it could have been so much greater, especially in the wake of the Occupy movement.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

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