From Time to Time
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A boy spending time with his family makes some very unusual friends in this comic fantasy from director Julian Fellowes. It's 1944, and Tolly (Alex Etel) is a boy from Manchester whose mother (Elisabeth Dermot Walsh) isn't convinced he's safe in the city while World War II is still on, especially since his father went missing while serving in battle. Tolly's mother sends him to spend a few months with his grandmother Linnet (Maggie Smith), who lives in a rattletrap home in the countryside; Tolly's father is her child, and Linnett is worried about his fate, one of the few… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"Heartfelt family drama with ghosts and scary fire scene."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Movies are supposed to whisk you away, to make you get lost in their stories. I never got lost in From Time to Time because I was continually aware of the pieces being assembled before me."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Casts a magical spell by the touching conclusion."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"a reminder of how enchanting a fantasy can still be if not taking over by digital imagery, if it has a few interesting characters and a few nice touches of plotting"
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"This family film - that mixes Regency ghosts and a rambling, secret-filled mansion - lacks oomph and charm despite its top shelf cast, including Maggie Smith and Timothy Spall."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Has there been a movie with such an artificial and unengaging style since... well, the fifties?"
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The biggest problem standing in the way of the film's success is that it is neither a full-on family film nor a grown up drama - and the ending is both sombre and flat."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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