Our Time Machine Reviews

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September 28, 2020
It's a sweet doc, one that neither over-extends itself nor gins up daily conflicts into climactic moments.
September 20, 2020
The filmmakers took their time making a film about the passage of it, chronicling not only Maleonn's production and his father's illness but also the artist's evolving personal life.
September 15, 2020
Our Time Machine suggests that art has healing qualities-not just for its audience, but for art-makers themselves, and even those who can no longer make the art they spent their lives on.
September 11, 2020
Introduces a potentially major new international artist--introduced him to me, at least - in a particularly personal, intimate and touching way.
September 11, 2020
Our Time Machine leaves you wanting a whole lot more, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
September 11, 2020
Depending on the day you've had and the last time you talked to your parents, it's a good idea to keep the Kleenex handy.
September 11, 2020
The directors may not dot every "i" and cross every "t,'' but they have created a lovely movie about artistic invention, love and, the acceptance of loss.
September 10, 2020
Opens with a quote from H.G. Wells about how memories can take us back in time, and dreams can carry us forward. The movie continues with these beautiful sentiments in mind, and comes out as a moving, beautiful work.
September 10, 2020
Maleonn somehow finds an anchor of optimism amidst the situation, despite his father's steady memory decline. That, too, is part of this film's gift.
September 10, 2020
[An] often visually beautiful movie...
September 9, 2020
The issues of aging and familial relationships and the appealing nature of this family would make "Our Time Machine" worthy of a look in any case, but what puts it over the top is Maleonn's fascinating visual creations.
July 12, 2020
S. Leo Chiang and Yang Sun's vibrant documentary about this labor of love proves to be a multi-layered metaphor of the interplay of art, memory, loss, and reconciliation, as well as a study of a touching and fraught father-son relationship.
July 12, 2020
Even though Our Time Machine is about a big, ambitious stage production with some visually stunning puppets, the documentary's smaller, quieter moments with Maleonn and his family are where the movie is at its best.
July 3, 2019
Documentaries are often only as good as its subjects, and Our Time Machine has a wealth of delightfully authentic and often hilarious characters.
May 15, 2019
Maleonn's wondrous creations are enough of an attraction on their own, but the film... has many more layers to reveal about the legacy of Cultural Revolution, familial relationships, the agonies of love and loss and the circle of life.
May 12, 2019
Up close and personal in what is essentially a family story. Yang Son and S. Leo Chiang's documentary tells the story of an adult son trying to connect with his father before dementia takes over.
May 10, 2019
...an act of creative defiance in the face of Alzheimer's disease.
May 6, 2019
What keeps the film from ever getting too fluffy is our knowledge that Maleonn's father might lose his faculties before seeing Papa's Time Machine fully realized.
April 30, 2019
By the end of the movie, we have come to appreciate this family dearly, and to relish the time we have spent journeying through memory and art by their side.
April 29, 2019
Intriguingly grounds the creative process in the specificity of individual experience.
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