Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. ''Documentary'' is too impersonal a word and ''visual poem'' is too mushy a phrase to describe Of Time and the City, a short, beautiful, characteristically sublime memory piece by the great British auteur Terence Davies.
  2. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    90
    Poetically composed, with marvelous lumps of wit and perspective, Of Times and The City is a masterwork.
  3. 90
    It is a deeply personal piece of art that never descends into the confessional or the therapeutic, and a work of social and literary criticism that never lectures or hectors, but rather, with melancholy, tenderness and wit, manages to sing.
  4. Most of all, Davies proves himself to be a poet of the commonplace whose art is the exalting of the everyday. He may rail against "the British genius for creating the dismal," but his own work is anything but.
  5. 83
    A caustic, witty, regretful elegy for a place so transformed that it's virtually unrecognizable.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. GeorgeK
    Jun 14, 2009
    6
    A sentimental, pompous ode to a city and time which are of little importance, not to mention long gone. It's basically an old homsexual A sentimental, pompous ode to a city and time which are of little importance, not to mention long gone. It's basically an old homsexual romanticizing about his youth and the way things were once upon a time. If you enjoy watching gray paint dry,you'll love this movie. Full Review »
  2. JohnM
    May 14, 2009
    3
    Very disappointed given the reviews I'd heard. To me, Terence Davies' delivery didn't work. Liverpool should have been the Very disappointed given the reviews I'd heard. To me, Terence Davies' delivery didn't work. Liverpool should have been the star of the show and too often was not allowed to be. Full Review »