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In Time Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
In Time is so crammed with provocative ideas it begins to feel over-crowded.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 10, 2011
Clever and unsettling.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 31, 2011
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 | Original Score: C
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
October 31, 2011
Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 28, 2011
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.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
October 28, 2011
Nothing more than a clumsily executed preach-a-thon.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2011
Happily, there are some laughs en route. More happily yet, a few of them are even intentional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 28, 2011
In Time is filled with sly references and obvious puns, as well as sometimes heavy-handed parallels to class warfare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 28, 2011
A both flawed and fascinating movie, give it this, at the very least: Even at its most far-fetched or thinly plotted, you never feel that "In Time" is wasting a second of yours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 28, 2011
It's a little like Michael Bay's The Island in the way the narrative fails to live up to the promise of its back story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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October 28, 2011
Niccol, whose excellent 1997 film Gattaca revealed a similar obsession with human genetics, is an above-average filmmaker who may simply lack the daredevil recklessness a project like this requires.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 28, 2011
Is it worth your time? Only if you have time to kill.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 28, 2011
'Ticktock on the clock, but the party don't stop.' So sang that great philosopher of our times Ke$ha, whose words are surely gospel to the ruling classes of Andrew Niccol's innocuous dystopian thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 28, 2011
In Time owes as much to The Marx-Engels Reader as Bonnie and Clyde.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
October 28, 2011
Despite a terrific concept that could make for an Inception for 2011, we get Logan's Run meets Robin Hood. And not the good parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2011
Not for one moment does Niccol compromise this serious sci-fi world, and yet he hits all the marks for crowd-pleasing mass entertainment: "In Time" never stops moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 28, 2011
Niccol's movie demands a lot of explanation - too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 28, 2011
A dystopian allegory with much on its mind and all of it wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 28, 2011
All in all, "In Time" is not just stylish but surprisingly substantial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 28, 2011
Sadly, for 99% of its running time, this muddled sci-fi drama is filled with enough overplotting, bad acting and riddle-speak dialogue to stop a clock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2011
Timberlake and Seyfried's relationship is way too thin to make us believe in them as a powerful outlaw couple, and the plot, once you get past the premise, is basically all clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 27, 2011
The tick tick tock of the mortal clock gives the science-fiction thriller "In Time" its slick, sweet premise.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2011
If only the ticking clock were more tightly wound; if only more time were used to develop the romance and relationships; if only dying didn't seem so easy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 27, 2011
Pretty cast. Potent premise. Piss-poor execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 27, 2011
It's a great idea that Niccol can't translate into a great movie.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 27, 2011
Andrew Niccol's "In Time" looks great, sounds stilted and plays like a clever videogame with too many rules.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 27, 2011
Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this pitifully titled movie, and one hurdle he fails to clear involves the frustration of watching so many shots of rapidly elapsing days and hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 27, 2011
Ace cinematographer Roger Deakins makes it all look exciting, but the rob-and-run action sequences are subpar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2011
Timberlake, who had a scene-stealing turn as Napster mogul Sean Parker in "The Social Network," is a snooze in this role, not quite as wooden as Keanu Reeves but hardly making a case for himself as an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2011
Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 27, 2011
The story is derivative, but the details are ingenious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 27, 2011
For all the film's political chutzpah and savvy filtering of contemporary issues through sci-fi allegory, In Time is a pretty dopey movie.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
October 27, 2011
Oddly, Niccol doesn't seem to have a clue how to mine dread and anxiety out of that greenly flickering readout of a human lifespan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 27, 2011
Frustratingly, Niccol's technique isn't up to his premise. The movie offers roughly 60 minutes of story complication stretched out to 109.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 27, 2011
if you can get past the plot holes and the copious time puns, In Time is actually rather brisk, enjoyable entertainment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 27, 2011
Writer-director Niccol manages to cover the same ground as the most recent "Spy Kids" movie without tumbling into silliness.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 27, 2011
A chilly, stiff movie where clever ideas are delivered as self-righteous sermons.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 27, 2011
It's an intriguing concept, rather than a compelling story. Before the movie's over, its time is up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 27, 2011
The concept of the movie dovetails nicely with society's never-ending obsession with youth and our pursuit of ways to find more hours in the day, but somebody forgot to stop at the plot store on the way to the studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 27, 2011
The premise is damnably intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 26, 2011
Somewhere Marx quips that capital is immortal even if its possessors are not; this movie's imaginative leap is to conflate the two and build a world where even death, the great leveler in human affairs, can be bought off.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 26, 2011
The premise is rich enough to engage, making it easy to forgive Niccol's indulgences.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 26, 2011
Unfortunately, as the film moves along, its brisk pace notwithstanding, too many issues come to weigh against it. As cleverly conceived as it is, the time-for-money substitution leaves a lot of questions unanswered.