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Out of Time (2003)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 95 | Rotten: 51

A fun and stylish thriller if you can get pass the contrivances.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 7

A fun and stylish thriller if you can get pass the contrivances.



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Movie Info

Director Carl Franklin and actor Denzel Washington team up again (following 1995's Devil in a Blue Dress) for the crime thriller Out of Time. Washington stars as Matt Lee Whitlock, the well-respected chief of police in a quiet Florida community. While in the process of getting a divorce from fellow detective Alexandra (Eva Mendez), Matt engages in an affair with his high school sweetheart Anne (Sanaa Lathan). Unfortunately, Anne is married to the extremely jealous Chris (Dean Cain), a former pro


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

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Jan 6, 2004


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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (51) | DVD (32)

It's a great ride.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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I just wish they would have tried a little harder with the script.

October 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A consistent pleasure.

October 4, 2003 Full Review Source:
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Out of Time seems out of another time and place.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Franklin is known for being good with actors, but Out Of Time also reveals his flair with machines, which too often dominate the plots of latter-day noirs.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A well-performed, perfectly watchable thriller that's nonetheless as generic as its title.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Best for older teens and their parents.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This generically titled mystery thriller is slow to catch on but holds joyous moments of suspense once it kicks in.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source:

In spite of decent performances from the main cast, Carl Franklin's thriller is listless and very weak.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

...tremendously entertaining throughout...

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Second-rate Hitchcock.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Franklin seems to be aware that the audience knows what is going to happen.

February 16, 2005 Full Review

The suspense is killing, but the sense of being in the hands of a skilled storyteller is relaxing, too. Out of Time is a blast without making you work for it.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

I have a policy about life insurance policies in movies like this: Don't be the beneficiary. Just don't do it. Nothing good ever comes of it.

February 28, 2004 Full Review

O roteiro acaba negligenciando um aspecto que deveria ser importante para o herói: a inteligência.

February 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Only good enough to remind of the kind of filmmaker that Franklin has been and, hope springing eternal, could be again.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

More exciting than smart or chic or witty, Out of Time is relaxing, delightfully old-fashioned entertainment.

January 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Denzel Washington has never made better use of his screen persona than he does in Out of Time, a slick crime thriller from director Carl Franklin.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Director Carl Franklin previously worked with Washington in the criminally overlooked Devil in a Blue Dress, and he gets a solid performance out of him here again.

January 1, 2004 Full Review


November 22, 2003 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Washington looks deeply strained and sapped of vitality.

November 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's funny that this movie was called "Out of Time" because it sure seemed like some scenes had plenty of time to drag.

November 2, 2003 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

Without Denzel Washington's charm - the cocked head, the sly, toothy grin and eyes that scream 'trust me' - a thriller as lame and preposterous as 'Out of Time' would just sink back into the lethargic swamp of sweat-soaked neo-noir that seems to seep in e

October 14, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

a well-made, well-acted and entertaining suspense story that works more often than not.

October 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...the dreary formulaic plot supported by scattered pedestrian performances doesn't reinforce the distinctive urgency and edginess this uneven crime caper valiantly tries to promote.

October 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

We laugh at each new twist and turn, but we're also fascinated by how the hero will get himself out of each new dilemma.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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Audience Reviews for Out of Time

A slightly above-average action thriller. Overall it's entertaining enough but at times everything gets just that little bit too convenient which I'm afraid is down to the fault of the writing. The cast is good, Dean Cain is underrated (I've met him, he's a really nice man) but other than that, I'm afraid it is forgettable, even though it isn't too bad. The ending could have been better.
May 24, 2013

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A refreshingly great storyline and surprisingly a great Thriller for one of the lesser known Denzel Washington films.

The pressure felt by the main character in the movie is portrayed well and felt throughout and provided a constant feeling of frustration of 'if only you'd just ....'

Very enjoyable, a great understated Trhiller.
November 23, 2010

Super Reviewer

Denzel wearing a Hawaiian shirt for 1.7 hours amongst fine woman and Dean Cain! I must chastise the filmmaker for not including "Out of Touch" by Hall and Oates in the opening or closing credits, would have been perfect. "You're out of touch, I'm OUT OF TIME", that's chocolate icing.
February 28, 2010
Lenny Muggsy

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