Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Oct 27, 2011
    40
    Kartheiser brings some zip and smarm to the proceedings as the villain with a million years in his vault, but it's not nearly enough to make In Time worth your time. Or your money.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 2, 2011
    20
    They have some fun playacting at class warriors on the lam – and Seyfriend, it must be said, rocks a killer bob – but it's all just big-budget dress-up in a futurescape that reeks of phoniness.
  3. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    The movie tries to do for forearms what the loosely similar science-fiction romance "The Adjustment Bureau'' attempted for men's hats: make them chic.
  4. 60
    The pace is solid and engaging without putting you on the edge of your seat-you won't be looking at your watch, which means it's at least worth the time spent.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Oct 29, 2011
    70
    Clever and unsettling.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 26, 2011
    75
    Justin Timberlake continues to demonstrate that he is a real actor, with screen presence. But after the precise timing and intelligence he brought to "The Social Network," it's a little disappointing to find him in a role that requires less. He has a future in the movies.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 27, 2011
    63
    I like a lot of the film despite its drawbacks; its violence isn't rote or numbing, and there's a simplicity and elegance to the digital-countdown effect.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 28, 2011
    50
    The writer-director Andrew Niccol is best known for writing "The Truman Show," another movie that got carried away by doomsday deep-think. The deep-think here is even sillier.
  9. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 27, 2011
    58
    The movie, I'm sad to report, has a majorly disappointing follow-through. It turns into a noisy, squalling chase movie.
  10. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    What's missing are the kind of moments that actually matter, the ones that are so gripping that you want desperately for time to stop - to savor them, to feel the fear, the passion, the regret. Ah, well … maybe next time.
  11. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 26, 2011
    63
    If you can overlook the lack of logic inherent in its central conceit, In Time makes for a fun, stylish piece of speculative sci-fi.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Oct 26, 2011
    90
    In Time has so much style and energy that it comes across as an act of boldness rather than just a liberal-minded tract, though of course, it's that too. If there were ever a movie made for the 99 percent, this is it.
  13. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 28, 2011
    20
    Sadly, for 99% of its running time, this muddled sci-fi drama is filled with enough overplotting, bad acting and riddle-speak dialogue to stop a clock.
  14. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 28, 2011
    38
    This future looks awfully passé: The stimulus didn't work out. Neither did 1917 Russia.
  15. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 26, 2011
    63
    "Gattaca" director Andrew Niccol's sense of the zeitgeist is as on the money as ever with In Time, a sci-fi parable that plays like "Occupy Wall Street: The Movie."
  16. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    In Time is that kind of movie: Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads.
  17. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Oct 27, 2011
    75
    To my thinking, the grand simplicity of the metaphor is a big part of In Time's oddly retro sci-fi charm. Niccol is practicing the old-school craft of making a barn-broad alternate-reality that forces you to think about the way we all consensually agree to participate in systems -- even when those systems are hopelessly screwed up.
  18. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 28, 2011
    63
    The problem with In Time, to the extent that it is a problem, is that an intriguing premise turns into window dressing for a somewhat routine "Bonnie & Clyde"-meets-"Robin Hood" action thriller with car chases, heists, and gunplay.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    Pretty cast. Potent premise. Piss-poor execution. And so dies In Time.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 26, 2011
    70
    So, yeah - even if In Time descends from its gripping and thought-provoking premise into a mediocre chase thriller before it's over, it's still pretty damn satisfying to watch in the current climate.
  21. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 27, 2011
    100
    Coming now, today, In Time is not just satisfying. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's important, because that would overstate it, but it certainly feels like part of the national conversation. It arrives in theaters at a time when people are camped out in New York saying the same things as the people in the movie. It's weird the way films often anticipate the near future.
  22. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Oct 26, 2011
    50
    Justin Timberlake can't elevate what amounts to relatively simplistic, formulaic material, but his headlining turn exhibits sufficient charisma and wit to make In Time a passably diverting action-packed waste of time.
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Oct 29, 2011
    40
    Niccol's bizarrely stilted sci-fi thriller In Time, a movie so consistently flat-footed, with pauses between lines of dialogue so vast, that you begin to wonder if the whole thing might be a psychological experiment of some kind...Or has he just made a really dull movie?
  24. Reviewed by: Kevin C. Johnson
    Oct 28, 2011
    50
    After a nifty setup, In Time mostly fails to deliver as it gets lamer by the minute.
  25. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 26, 2011
    16
    Niccol fashioned an uninspired and downright dull sci-fi gimmick and doesn't even explain how it happened.
  26. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Oct 26, 2011
    50
    Much like Niccol's "Gattaca," in which genetic perfection rather than time was the weapon a small group of snobby, unworthy elites used to hold down the meek masses, In Time is a chilly, stiff movie where clever ideas are delivered as self-righteous sermons.
  27. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Oct 28, 2011
    63
    Along the way there are definitely some pleasing distractions, just not enough to obscure the growing realization that a much better picture could have been made, and wasn't. Many films never have a chance, but this one did – it's an opportunity wasted.
  28. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 26, 2011
    50
    As novel and absorbing as In Time is in several respects, however, Andrew Niccol's latest conception of an altered but still recognizable future feels undernourished in other ways that are not as salutary, preventing the film from fulfilling its strong inherent promise.
  29. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 27, 2011
    60
    The tick tick tock of the mortal clock gives the science-fiction thriller In Time its slick, sweet premise.
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 31, 2011
    50
    It's a great idea that Niccol can't translate into a great movie.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 304 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 84
  2. Negative: 14 out of 84
  1. Nov 9, 2011
    2
    In Time is a prime example of Hollywood crap. The characters are forgettable and the acting is amateur at best. Based on the idea of equatingIn Time is a prime example of Hollywood crap. The characters are forgettable and the acting is amateur at best. Based on the idea of equating money to time, the movie portrays a world in which the wealthy live for centuries and the poor don't make it past twenty-five. Frankly, I think this concept, though somewhat limiting, is interesting enough to inspire a significantly better movie. In Time, however, is nothing more than two hours of empty entertainment; it's "good" the way Taio Cruz is "good." If you're set on seeing it, bring some good friends or, even better, a date, so you have something to focus on. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2011
    4
    The real strength of In Time is its core concept - a world where everyone has a literal body-clock that acts as everything from identificationThe real strength of In Time is its core concept - a world where everyone has a literal body-clock that acts as everything from identification to currency, and which can be topped up to extend your life. The idea is clever and unexpectedly original, and it's such a shame that it isn't taken further. The premise of the film could have been used so much more effectively to say something profound about the possibility of immortality, and what it could mean for the planet, but instead, In Time uses it as an excuse for a lot of running, broken up by a lot of filler. The actors' performances aren't particularly memorable, and a mediocre script doesn't help matters either. Timberlake just about gets by on charm, and Seyfried on sex appeal, whilst Olivia Wilde isn't in the film long enough to make any real impact, and Alex Pettyfer is truly awful. The only noteworthy performance is the ever-excellent Cillian Murphy, whose dedicated "Time Keeper" (basically a cop with a watch) is hands-down the most engaging character in the film. It's a shame really that In Time didn't amount to more, as writer/director Andrew Niccol clearly has some interesting ideas, but they remain just that, ideas, rather than a fully developed concept. Sadly he piques your interest, but doesn't give you the payoff you crave. In Time is never dull, but it's pretty forgettable. Full Review »
  3. Oct 29, 2011
    4
    This is one of those sci-fi flix with a cool concept and lousy execution. Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried live in a world (notThis is one of those sci-fi flix with a cool concept and lousy execution. Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried live in a world (not necessarily the future by the looks of the low tech design) where time is literally money and people stop aging at 25. Everybody has a countdown timer on their arm (the only neat element of the film), which keeps track of the minutes and hours until they die. The duo teams up to become renegade Bonnie and Clyde time bandits. All that sounds good, butâ Full Review »