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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
PG-13 (for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and brief strong language)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Justin Timberlake
as Will Salas
Amanda Seyfried
as Sylvia Weis
Cillian Murphy
as Raymond Leon
Vincent Kartheiser
as Philippe Weis
Olivia Wilde
as Rachel Salas
Matt Bomer
as Henry Hamilton
Collins Pennie
as Timekeeper Jaeger
Toby Hemingway
as Timekeeper Kors
Alex Pettyfer
as Fortis
Colin McGurk
as Citizen
Will Harris
as Ulysse
William Peltz
as Pierre
La Monde Byrd
as Minuteman Rado
LaMonde Byrd
as Minuteman Rado
Paul David Story
as Minuteman Roth
Blake Sheldon
as Man at Door
Abhi Sinha
as Ross
Ethan Peck
as Constantin
Korrina Rico
as Hotel Clerk
Seema Lazar
as Timekeeper Ellini
Bella Heathcote
as Michele Weis
Luis Chavez
as Ernest
Kris Lemche
as Markus
Rachel Roberts
as Carrera
James Drew
as Thomas
Swen Temmel
as Breitling
Faye Kingslee
as Timekeeper Jean
Kristopher Higgins
as Timekeeper Dent
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Critic Reviews for In Time

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (44)

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

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Clever and unsettling.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

A movie so consistently flat-footed, with pauses between lines of dialogue so vast, that you begin to wonder if the whole thing might be a psychological experiment of some kind.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
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Audience Reviews for In Time


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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