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At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even in a work of science fiction like this, Gleeson seems beyond real. All those foam-faces being made in the dark? They're for him."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
""It's just so overflowing with ideas and characters that the main point it's trying to make nearly eludes it.""
‑ Jeff Vice, Cinephiled
"If it feels like the mangled adaptation of a much richer and more rewarding novel, almost everything that is frustrating about the film is also counterbalanced by moments of thoughtfulness and insightfulness."
‑ Brent Simon, Paste Magazine
"This complete charmer of a movie delighted me from start to finish. In fact, About Time may well be the two most purely pleasurable hours I've spent in the cinema all year."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Some people will revel in this warm front of innocence; others will reach for their Voltaire."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"You may as well check your cynicism at the door, because Curtis & Co. are going to find a way to trample all over it - adorably."
‑ Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com
"The film matures from a mere romcom into something older and wiser, as Tim and his dad have some heart-to-hearts that end up becoming lessons for all of us in how to live."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"It never once questions our protagonist's manipulation of time and people, and seems to think one can enjoy a life of true happiness...built upon some pretty serious lies. Creepy, actually."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"In the end, it's a charmer. For those of you who have liked Curtis' previous rom-coms, come along for a lovely joyride..."
‑ Elias Savada, Film Threat
"There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"With more attention to detail, this could have worked, but the time travel aspects are so badly executed that the movie as a whole falters and eventually rips apart at the seams."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Richard Curtis' movies are classics but this one is not."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper, jackiekcooper.com
"There are those who, upon finding a plot hole in a film, allow it to ruin the movie. I'm not among them.'About Time' is flawed, with numerous plot holes. But it's beautifully told, wonderfully acted and touching enough to bring viewers to tears."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Akin to a children's novel (the sort where the shadow of death fuzzily looms), About Time turns into a successfully sentimental family film in the literal sense of the term."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
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