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Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
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  1. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 31, 2013
    89
    The movie moves episodically, leisurely, through roughly a decade, and that feels like a gift: to nestle in with these extraordinary, ordinary people and get to know them.
  2. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Nov 1, 2013
    85
    About Time is ... about time: It asks us to reflect on how we all use that resource, how the hours and minutes that make up a day or a life align with our intentions and values.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 8, 2013
    80
    Maybe it's a touch twee, but Curtis' film is far too uplifting, too life-affirming and too good-natured to do anything but embrace.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dinning
    Sep 2, 2013
    80
    More than just a time-travel rom-com, this is a movie that asks you questions and doesn’t sugar-coat as many of the answers as you’d expect. Smart and sweet, funny and genuinely moving. Should probably come with a ‘there’s something in my eye’ warning.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 1, 2013
    75
    What results is amusing, gently entertaining and might induce a tear or two.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 31, 2013
    75
    For all its glutinous cuteness, damn if About Time doesn’t sneak up and sock you in the tear ducts. I tried not to fall for it. I failed.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Oct 31, 2013
    75
    The self-consciousness that made the director's "Love Actually" a love-it-or-hate-it film is dialed way down. About Time is more of a love-it-or-like-it proposition.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 31, 2013
    75
    Enjoy the love in your life, and don't squander it: That's all Curtis is selling here, really. With Gleeson and McAdams at the forefront, About Time has a beguiling pair of rom-com miracle workers helping him close the sale.
  9. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 30, 2013
    75
    Gleeson and McAdams make a touching, lifelike couple, but by the time the movie starts telling us to live each day as if we were going back and doing it all over again, you may feel Curtis has mistaken hokum for wisdom.
  10. 75
    A most romantic way to spend your time at the movies this fall, a “date picture” about do over dates that works, this time around.
  11. Reviewed by: Genevieve Koski
    Oct 29, 2013
    70
    That messy sprawl makes for a messy film full of highs and lows, triumphs and regrets... But those willing—or eager—to indulge About Time’s schmaltziest moments are rewarded with hits of pure, uncut joy and sorrow.
  12. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Aug 8, 2013
    70
    Curtis ends up making a virtue out of the narrative’s episodic quality, a tendency that’s been criticized in his previous work; the film, like life, is just one damn thing after another, and that’s really the rather lovely point.
  13. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 30, 2013
    67
    The movie is written and directed by the British filmmaker Richard Curtis, who specializes in fantasies — the dozen intersecting rom-coms of "Love Actually" the fairy-tale courtship of "Notting Hill", the endless receptions of "Four Weddings And A Funeral." At a glance, About Time appears to be of a piece with those crowd-pleasers.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 7, 2013
    63
    There’s a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
  15. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Nov 1, 2013
    63
    That the stars of the show are none other than the esteemed Richard Griffiths and Richard E. Grant in invaluable cameo roles and that they end up provoking some of the biggest laughs of the movie demonstrates why Curtis is a comedy genius.
  16. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Oct 31, 2013
    63
    Everyone involved is far too talented to mess this up too badly, but it soon becomes clear that Curtis intends to reduce us to quivering sobs mixed with heartfelt gratitude for every blessed day of life.
  17. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Oct 31, 2013
    63
    Curtis pulls off some amusing moments, and he has a secret weapon: Nighy, who is so jolly and funny you wish he’d had more screen time.
  18. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 25, 2013
    63
    A surprisingly thoughtful romantic comedy that shirks a great deal of reason and consequence in the name of love.
  19. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 31, 2013
    60
    It’s not as good, nor as involving, as “Love Actually.” But like that film, it has Bill Nighy, and that’s good for something.
  20. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 15, 2013
    60
    About Time is itself a film less directed than quilted: it’s a feathery old patchwork under which you might snuggle at the end of a tiring week.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Aug 9, 2013
    60
    There are just enough laugh-out-loud moments here to excuse the lurches into shameless, tear-jerking sentimentality.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 1, 2013
    58
    There’s a creepy subtext to all this, especially when Tim uses his time-travel gifts to woo an American girl without her assent.
  23. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 6, 2013
    50
    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.
  24. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Oct 31, 2013
    50
    There are the usual gaggle of embarrassing friends, a lot of voice-over and montages, a wedding, a funeral and wait … something’s missing. Oh, right. Hugh Grant.
  25. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 31, 2013
    50
    I’m being deliberately mean about a plot device that Curtis wants to come off as a goofy, harmless comic metaphor, but the idea that this implausible inherited trait is actually a cryptic, creepazoid form of domination over women is right there in the movie.
  26. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 31, 2013
    50
    Like a doggie in a window, this romcom relentlessly wags its tail so you'll fall in love and take it home. Not this time, puppy.
  27. 50
    About Time is like a sermon that starts with a few good jokes and ends with tremulous exhortations to live, live.
  28. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 28, 2013
    50
    Then Bill Nighy shows up and is awesome and punches you in the heart. It ultimately feels like a cheat, and while there won’t be a dry eye in the house, it won’t be earned.
  29. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 31, 2013
    40
    What makes the calculated sentimentality palatable is Curtis’ intelligent assurance as he guides us through each step. It’s a gooey indulgence, to be sure, but one that will please anybody with a cinematic sweet tooth.
  30. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 29, 2013
    40
    In a word: Ugh.
  31. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Aug 9, 2013
    40
    Curtis's heart is in the right place. In fact, it's all over the place – front and centre and backlighting the whole thing with a benevolent glow. But it is hard not to watch this, read the news that it will probably be his last as a director, and look to the future.
  32. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Nov 6, 2013
    30
    What Rachel McAdams is doing in this nonsense is anyone's guess, but she must realize that the long journey from "Mean Girls" to Mary, with her mousy bangs and her timid pleas counts as a serious descent. [11 Nov. 2013, p.90]
  33. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 31, 2013
    30
    A flimsy bit of mildly romantic, putatively comic Anglophile bait.
  34. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 24, 2013
    25
    About Time, inadvertently, reveals itself to be About Men, and how they devise lies in order to create the illusion that all women supposedly want to see.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 235 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. Jan 23, 2014
    10
    Whoever gave this review less than 11/10, is a complete idiot because this is one of the best movies ever created. I laughed, I cried (a lot)Whoever gave this review less than 11/10, is a complete idiot because this is one of the best movies ever created. I laughed, I cried (a lot) and I'm a male....and straight...I only created this account on Metacritic to rate this movie...will also probably rate others. While I'm here, Inception and Butterfly effect were awesome Full Review »
  2. Jan 16, 2014
    7
    Albeit not being incredible, it's a good-intentions film for happy minds and people who don't want to be too involved when watching a film.Albeit not being incredible, it's a good-intentions film for happy minds and people who don't want to be too involved when watching a film. It's true, everyone would wish to have Tim's gift, and the flaws in the time travel rules explained throughout the film didn't actually bother me at all. It's not a film about time travel at all, it's just a romantic comedy where a man has the chance to do things over and over till they're the way he wants them.

    Stupefied by the fact that Rachel McAdams would take on a role in "Time Traveller's Wife" and then in "About Time", but whatever works for her. Bill Nighy is spectacular as always. Gleeson is not much but he's supposed to be the average man so that kind of fits.

    Rom-com with no dentist required, it's okay. And Uncle Desmond's character is brilliant.
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  3. Dec 8, 2013
    9
    In regards to the film “About Time”...

    In this age of out-of-this-world ridiculous visual effects, computer graphics, action stunts and
    In regards to the film “About Time”...

    In this age of out-of-this-world ridiculous visual effects, computer graphics, action stunts and massive Hollywood blockbuster productions worth hundreds of millions of dollars, we get this subtle little film “About Time”, which offers us the complete opposite of what we, as an audience, have come to expect from Hollywood to entertain us. The film is exquisitely scripted, backed by tremendous performances by the actors, especially by Bill Nighy, and most of all, the film gives us a dose of deep, meaningful emotional roller coaster.
    At the beginning, we find that the central character’s family has a deep secret: the men of that family are able to travel back in time. This makes one skeptical of the entire movie: haven’t we already had a story like this before? From this point on, it seems as though the plot and the dialogue of the rest of the film are like a subtle closing argument as to why that time travel aspect is not really an important aspect of the film, although it does affect the story.
    Another misconception of this film is that while it seems like a story of a man and a woman falling in love, it really is about the relationship between a father and a son. Their storyline pretty much outclasses and overshadows every other storyline of the film. From that prior skepticism when we first hear about the time travelling ability, as the story unfolds and the plot thickens, the audience becomes emotionally manhandled. Why? Because of love.
    We see the chase for love, the choices that are made for and because of love, the consequences of love, and finally, the hardest part for us humans when we deal with love: knowing when to let go and have the courage to move on after losing love. That skepticism that I mentioned about at the beginning of the film? It dramatically changes into support, with the audience longing for the son to use his abilities more and more. You can sense, hear and feel the emotional wreckage going on in the theater, not because of the romance between a husband and wife, but because, for most of us, we don’t have that loving relationship depicted here between father and son.
    This movie couldn’t have come to Korea at a better time. With Christmas almost here, it’s almost as though this film has come to remind us that with the time we have, maybe we need to focus on what is really important to us. Even in a materialistic society like Korea, maybe this movie can remind us and help us move in the right direction little by little.
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