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The Time Traveler's Wife Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 13, 2009
If you allow yourself to think for one moment of the paradoxes, contradictions and logical difficulties involved, you will be lost. The movie supports no objective thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
August 13, 2009
Like the book, the movie gets weaker as it becomes more convoluted and far-fetched in the last third of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 12, 2009
I can only imagine that the scenes of a 40-something man getting chummy with his 6-year-old bride-to-be must have played better in the book. On film, it feels like To Catch a Time-Traveling Predator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 14, 2009
The emotions and crises feel pre-sanded, smooth to the point of blandness. The transitional disappearances are routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shaula Clark
Boston Phoenix
August 19, 2009
You've got one obnoxious romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
August 27, 2009
Good cast plus weak script equals so-so movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
August 14, 2009
Like Henry, there are elements from the best-selling book that have simply disappeared. Humor, for one. A deeper texture. This is less of a movie than it is a glammed-up revolving door.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
August 21, 2009
The movie moves fast, as though to distract you from these shortcomings and the nearly total absence of logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 15, 2009
Solid love story that could have reached extraordinary limits, but fails early on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 10, 2009
Bana and McAdams make you feel the pain and the ultimate acceptance of their dilemma but never convey the magic that allows the couple to persevere through such a grand but trying love.
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
August 11, 2009
I'm someone who cries at commercials, yet this incessantly romantic love story left me curiously cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Rick Mele
AskMen.com
August 12, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife stars Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble, a Chicago man suffering from "chrono-impairment disorder" -- that is, a genetic anomaly that causes him to involuntarily time travel. The defective gene doesn't prevent Henry from meeting
Full Review | Original Score: 41/100
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
August 13, 2009
Tugs at the heartstrings with the aggression of a linebacker pursuing a quarterback.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 18, 2009
Buy the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 14, 2009
Picturesque cinematography along with charming performances by Eric Bana and the genuinely beautiful Rachel McAdams [don't] compensate for an uneven, bland and contrived screenplay that falls flat when it comes to drama, romance and sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 14, 2009
Where the movie really goes wrong is in issues of tone and pace, in decisions about what to leave out and what to keep in -- all of which falls at the director's feet.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
August 14, 2009
Perhaps the book fills in the blanks and emotional beats, but this Wife isn't really worth your time or travel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2009
Yet where there should be heat, a cold wind blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 17, 2009
I thought really very little in the film worked.
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