Time After Time
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It's H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) versus Jack the Ripper (David Warner) in the fanciful Time After Time -- and, per the film's title, the chase extends from the 19th century to the 20th. Wells has built a time machine in his cellar, which the Ripper uses as a means of escape. Both men find themselves in 20th century San Francisco, and, after a period of adjustment, they make themselves at home. The plot takes a dark turn when the Ripper, disappointed that Wells' dreams of a Utopian future have not come to fruition, resumes his murderous activities. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A delightful, entertaining trifle of a film that shows both the possibilities and limitations of taking liberties with literature and history."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A movie that's as sweet as it is clever, and never so clever that it forgets to be entertaining."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Meyer makes a fine directorial debut, pacing the film for optimal suspense despite some obvious holes in the script."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"tense and gripping"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Time After Time is an inventive comedy-mystery."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Clever and well calculated."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There are a lot of nice touches in Time After Time, but the overall plot is too obviously scripted."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Underrated classic mixing H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper. Stylish, even the music."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Terrific little time-travel romantic thriller with three outstanding performances."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"A wonderful concoction. H.G. Wells vs. Jack the Ripper, the time machine, it all works."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"After nearly two hours the tension has evaporated, and all that's left is a curdle of jokes and brutality."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"This cinematic oddity is nonetheless a true guilty pleasure."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Full of potential smarts, failed intrigue and a dated survey of the 20th century."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"A pleasing little time-waster."
‑ , Film4
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