Time After Time (1979)

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Critic Consensus: With the three principal actors clearly having fun with their roles, Time After Time becomes an amusing, light-hearted fantasy lark.

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This science-fiction fantasy supposes that H.G. Wells actually constructed a time machine -- which then fell into the hands of Jack the Ripper. The Ripper travels forward in time to 1979, forcing Wells to follow in an attempt to prevent the murderer from continuing his rampage in a new century.

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Critic Reviews for Time After Time

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

A delightful, entertaining trifle of a film that shows both the possibilities and limitations of taking liberties with literature and history.

Jun 5, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
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Clever and well calculated.

Jun 5, 2007 | Full Review…

After nearly two hours the tension has evaporated, and all that's left is a curdle of jokes and brutality.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A movie that's as sweet as it is clever, and never so clever that it forgets to be entertaining.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5

There are a lot of nice touches in Time After Time, but the overall plot is too obviously scripted.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Time After Time is still a fun fish-out-of-water flick that deserves more attention than it has received in the thirty years following its release. But there's still plenty of time for that.

Oct 1, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Time After Time

½

This is my favourite of all the Jack the Ripper theory themed movies. It has a bunch of good actors, and the story is good, and it's a great adventure too.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

very entertaining. happy b-day, hg

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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½

Take a barrel of monkeys, multiple that by pi and you'll have an idea of how fun this movie is. HG Wells allows Jack the Ripper to escape in time through the use of his time machine, so naturally HG follows him to 1979 in order to capture him. Surprisingly funny and light hearted for a movie of it's body count.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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½

A well thought out "what if" crime caper. HG Wells seeks out his former best-friend now revealed as Jack the Ripper, as he takes up his prostitute-slaying ways in 1970's San Francisco. The morality lectures are short and to the point, and evoke a clever subplot: the Ripper is delighted by the decadence of modern society, almost tenderly declaring that it is where he belongs... while Wells languishes as his ideals of a future utopia are crushed. Thankfully, for a time-travel film, the obligatory "culture-shock" sequences don't overstay their welcome, and a both characters manage to act with actual intelligence in covering up their origins to avoid being thrown into the nuthouse. A clever little innocuous exercise which stands out for deftly avoiding the genres pitfalls... though, it hardly rises above them.

Daniel Hetteix
Daniel Hetteix

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