Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. It's a twisty, hell-for-leather crime thriller, and director Carl Franklin gives it all the slick, modern trimmings.
  2. Entertainingly deft sleight-of-hand thriller.
  3. A bleakly comic, palm-sweaty hoot.
  4. 80
    Starts out as noir, takes a shift into something like deadpan screwball comedy and ends up as a comedy of remarriage.
  5. Mr. Franklin has always been easy with quicksilver moods -- and Mr. Washington is terrifically appealing as a fool for love who loses his cool as he learns about fear.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    I reckon 90 of the movie's 106 minutes are thriller heaven. The windup, alas, isn't in the same league: Both humdrum and confusingly staged, it pales beside the volcanic climaxes of Franklin's "One False Move" (1992) and "Devil in a Blue Dress."
  7. 75
    The more preposterous Out of Time gets, the more enjoyable the movie becomes.
  8. Franklin has enormous fun using these varied technologies to ramp up the suspense in a movie that is the most purely entertaining thriller since "No Way Out."
  9. 75
    Suspension of disbelief, always necessary in a thriller, is required here in wholesale quantities. But in a movie like Out of Time I'm not looking for realism, I'm looking for a sense of style brought to genre material.
  10. The tension of Matt having to work alongside his wife without being able to trust her provides the movie's real electricity, sexual and otherwise.
  11. 75
    Steamy and solidly entertaining.
  12. A shrewd thriller that takes the time-honored plot about an innocent man wrongfully accused and gives it a film-noir twist.
  13. 75
    It's a kick to watch Denzel Washington do a movie just for the hot, sexy fun of it.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    In apparent atonement for whatever wayward thinking led him down the Freeman-Judd path, Franklin has transformed Out of Time into a highly felicitous comedy of infidelities and busted-up romances.
  15. 70
    The movie is casually, glamorously multiracial, and Washington is great fun, but the final glory belongs to actor John Billingsley, who plays one of those rumpled minor characters plugged into thrillers to keep you guessing whether they're light relief or something more sinister, and who, in a few memorably funny scenes, shuffles away with the movie.
  16. There's something about the movie that sets it apart from the usual thriller. Franklin may not be a master of genre like Hammett and Chandler, but he knows that it means SOMETHING when a character throws a punch or fires a gun.
  17. Until that sugar coating at the end, Out of Time is clever, believable and gripping, and seems to be headed to a wondrous, bad place as it carefully modulates classic '40s themes.
  18. Although budding star Mendes and Washington sparked in "Training Day," there's less chemistry between them this time as she glowers and frets in her role as a big-city cop.
  19. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    An overly constructed little thriller that squeezes a fair amount of suspense out of its far-fetched plot.
  20. Cross "Body Heat" with "No Way Out" and you wind up with Out of Time, a slick crime melodrama with more style than substance.
  21. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A tasty if wildly far-fetched thriller, Out of Time proves far stronger in its characterizations than in developing genuine suspense.
  22. Kind of meaningless--a thriller with delights that wear off before the credits even roll, a movie you might have watched on cable some Saturday afternoon and decided you didn't really waste that much time.
  23. 60
    I guessed the big plot twist as soon as Franklin began setting it up, which gave me a good 40 minutes to appreciate the fine supporting cast and weathered coastal Florida locations while waiting for Washington's character to catch up with me.
  24. 58
    Washington makes it fun, which is about the best it could hope for.
  25. A crime thriller that is strong on sultry atmosphere--you practically break into a sweat watching it--but weak on believability.
  26. 50
    Disappointing, but barely watchable.
  27. 50
    The two of them (Washington/Mendez) together, playing police-procedural dodgeball, make for a good movie. Too bad there are other people on the team, and that the pre-game show runs so long.
  28. Except for Sanaa Lathan, who sears the screen in a brief appearance, director Carl Franklin and his cast seem to realize they're making a second-tier thriller.
  29. It's a serviceable picture, but hardly a top-notch vehicle for Washington's remarkable gifts.
  30. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Out of Time seems out of another time and place. Remember "Presumed Innocent?"
  31. 50
    Although it is briskly directed and enjoyably stylized, the film is shallow -- but empty.
  32. Out of Time is severely out of whack, and the problem isn't hard to locate: It's all that flab in the thriller. It's a suspense flick so pillowy soft that the star gets bumped from the centre of the frame and the comic relief sneaks in to swipe the picture.
  33. 50
    Does little to dispel the creeping feeling that Washington’s getting himself in something of a rut.
  34. 40
    Dave Collard's preposterous script relies heavily on fortuitous coincidence... and thoroughly stupid behavior.
  35. Reviewed by: Scott Russon
    Another thriller absent of any real thrills.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 11 out of 27
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    Out of Time is entertaining but painfully predictable. 20 minutes into the movie i knew exactly what was going on. Chief Whitlock is not yourOut of Time is entertaining but painfully predictable. 20 minutes into the movie i knew exactly what was going on. Chief Whitlock is not your typical Denzel role, and while he played it the best that he could, I just feel like it didn't suit him very well. The location of the movie didn't make a whole lot of sense, and that wasn't the only thing. Why would a detective from Miami and his ex-wife be investigating a crime an hour away in some small town? Miami PD isn't the FBI. The movie has a lot of plot holes and everything that happens is fairly obvious. It's entertaining, but it's not going to blow anyone away. Full Review »
  2. Aug 15, 2013
    Although the movie is rather predictable, it's still enjoyable to watch. Not the best Denzel Washington movie out there but still worth it ifAlthough the movie is rather predictable, it's still enjoyable to watch. Not the best Denzel Washington movie out there but still worth it if you're not looking for anything too special. My girlfriend definitely liked it and was at the edge of her seat! Full Review »
  3. Apr 26, 2013
    Not totally bad, but can not get over its shortcomings, and at the end feels like a generic thriller, which had some good moments, and a better cast.