Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of works in any given year to which one is moved to apply the word ''masterpiece.'' Raul Ruiz's Time Regained is one of them.
  2. Ruiz has made the most ambitious adaptation of a Proust work yet.
  3. Densely layered, demanding and beautiful, Ruiz has found the perfect venue for his passions and created the most cinematically breathtaking film of the new millennium.
  4. 91
    Once you lose yourself in Ruiz's stunning achievement -- a wonderfully acted, beautifully realized vision of Proust -- you'll be enchanted.
  5. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    A gorgeous dreamscape of a of the most exhilarating experiences of pure cinema that will be offered this year.
  6. A mesmerizing, shimmering and amazingly successful adaptation of Time Regained.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    This is a serious filmgoer's treat: intelligence cloaked in elegance.
  8. A lot more imaginative and entertaining than one might have thought possible, a feast for the eye and mind.
  9. 88
    It is not about memories but memory. Yours, mine, Proust's. Memory makes us human.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Resembles an Impressionist masterpiece come to life, and ends with a tremendously moving acceptance of art and mortality.
  11. 80
    Comes as close as perhaps any film has gotten to approximating the inner life of an artist.
  12. 80
    The daring of the conception is matched only by the brilliance of the execution.
  13. This film's intelligence and uncompromising originality commend it to even moviegoers with zero tolerance for top hats, parasols, and crap English accents.
  14. A long sit for those unfamiliar with Proust's literary quest and output, but the view is sensational.
  15. 70
    The film's demands may be too perplexing.
  16. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Struggles under the burden of adapting such rarefied material.
  17. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Engrossing despite its chaotically fragmented form.
  18. 63
    If you go with the flow, there's seductive imagery and a terrific performance by John Malkovich as a decadent baron.
  19. The film only occasionally comes to life - it's too literal (and literary), too studied, too still.
  20. Those not familiar with Proust will doubtless feel lost. Unlike the printed word, film does not offer the chance to pause and reflect, or go back and re-read a passage.
  21. 50
    Time Regained is not really worth the time it takes to see it.
  22. It's the sort of movie that can make normally well-read and intelligent viewers feel stupid.
  23. Despite its actors, its lush photography and its obvious seriousness of purpose, is as close to a form of torture as any film ever devised. I can't think of any individuals I dislike so much as to force them to see this picture.

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