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The Time Traveler's Wife Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
That the actors can pull off such Oprah-friendly, sci-fi-inflected sap and keep straight faces is the most fantastic thing about this loopy love story.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 18, 2009
Buy the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 17, 2009
I'm over the moon about this movie, which smooths out the psychological dissonances in Audrey Niffenegger's fine novel but is still an emotional workout.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 17, 2009
Some fans of the book might enjoy seeing these two soul mates brought to life on the big screen, but for everyone else the interpretation seems forced and at times inconsistent.
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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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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 14, 2009
Long spans of time pass between lines of dialogue, many of which seem to have been inexpertly translated from a foreign language so that they almost make sense but not quite.
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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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 14, 2009
It's hard to live in stolen moments, but trying to find a few enjoyable ones in The Time Traveler's Wife is nearly impossible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 14, 2009
A Twilight Zone premise written like a Mariah Carey song, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined for a warm welcome on an obscure cable network. The Spinster Movie Station? The Lonely Hearts Channel?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 14, 2009
The whole thing feels arbitrary. Henry and Clare's love is bedeviled not by anything they've done or have any control over, so the drama fails to build.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 14, 2009
A kooky, head-spinning romantic mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2009
I'd watch the vibrant Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana in anything, but The Time Traveler's Wife is pushing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 14, 2009
Romance is robbed of its gamble, stripped of its suspense, shorn of its mystery, and deprived of an ending that feels earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 14, 2009
There's not much [McAdams] or Bana can do to rescue this dreary piece of romantic hooey.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 14, 2009
It takes, as its subjects, the sadness and grandeur of life and the mystery of time, and it offers a full experience to those who find its wavelength.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 14, 2009
Suspend your disbelief and you might find The Time Traveler's Wife a charming if mildly depressing fantasy. Or you might, as I did, travel elsewhere during it. Either way, at least it's a picturesque journey.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 14, 2009
The fact that Bana is a bit of a cold fish and real sparks never really ignite between he and McAdams, who is 10 years his junior, doesn't help matters.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
August 14, 2009
The problem isn't the timeline -- it's everything else.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 14, 2009
I'll let you in on a little secret that film critics have known for years. A major studio production, released in August with top-list stars, is almost certain to be a gobbler.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 14, 2009
For viewers aching for a romantic drama that leaves them emotionally, honorably exhausted, this could prove a total immersion in star-crossed love, if not perfect synchronicity.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 14, 2009
If you can get past the calendar gymnastics, The Time Traveler's Wife plays as an affecting allegory of love that persists even when the lover is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 14, 2009
Often ridiculous, awkward, unsatisfying and dour melodramatic adaptation.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
August 14, 2009
The movie moves at such an agonizingly stately pace that by the end, side effects be damned, Henry's time-traveling gene starts to look mighty appealing.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 14, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife tries to transcend time and place, but it ultimately becomes bogged down in details.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
August 14, 2009
What makes The Time Traveler's Wife work as drama, and certainly better than it might have, is an unhesitating emotional commitment on the part of the actors.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
August 14, 2009
Succinctly establishes the world it takes place in, then lets us experience, to some extent, the feelings and emotions that would naturally occur in such a world.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 13, 2009
An uninspired alternative to comic book pandemonium and solemn family dramas, a gloppy serving of late summer corn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 13, 2009
McAdams and Bana are enticing as a couple whose domestic problems are distinctly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 13, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife is told with a tenderness that's unusual in a major motion picture but that leads mostly to dullness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 13, 2009
The book is richer, but this is a solid, endearing telling of the same essential story, and is well worth the price of admission for those who appreciate romantic fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 12, 2009
The Time Traveler's Wife is built as a game that the audience learns to play, and after a while, yes, we do get the hang of it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 2009
An elegy to love, fate, loss and free will, The Time Traveler's Wife is to science fiction what Twilight is to vampire tales -- a femme-centric exploration of relationships wrapped in genre fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 12, 2009
Maybe the novel by Audrey Niffenegger, which a number of people seem to have read and enjoyed, was more convincing, but the unsatisfactory, yo-yo script by Bruce Joel Rubin, makes no real effort to explore the inner emotions of the characters.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 12, 2009
We're left wondering afterward, how do these people feel about this extraordinary situation in which they've found themselves?
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 11, 2009
This thoroughness may impress fans of the bestseller source novel, but will disappoint anyone looking for transport from a movie -- being a time traveler's wife, it turns out, is mostly a drag.
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 10, 2009
Fairly irresistible nonsense.
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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.