Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
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  1. German-born director Robert Schwentke ("Flightplan") keep things moving briskly enough so that the leaps in time mostly obscure the leaps in logic.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    60
    It's soppy enough to suit the requirements of the weepie genre...But the movie also has an aching solidity that allows you to surrender to its cuddly-creepy feelings without hating yourself in the morning.
  3. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    60
    Competent and well-cast, but it crams too much into the runtime and loses the elegance of the novel.
  4. 50
    It might be a solid hook if we thought their love was grand. Instead, it's kind of creepy.
  5. A syrupy and extraordinarily ridiculous adaptation.
  6. The emotions and crises feel pre-sanded, smooth to the point of blandness.
  7. The Time Traveler's Wife slips the romance cards into a stacked deck – read 'em if you will, but no need to weep.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    50
    When the film's fate rests on the alchemy of its stars, you really don't want to get that wrong. But here, chemistry is a problem, and it proves a significant one.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    A slog rather than the sweeping romance it aspires to be.
  10. 50
    Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin won an Oscar for "Ghost" (1990), a pleasant, moderately thoughtful weepie that this movie closely resembles.
  11. 50
    Although it's supposed to be supremely romantic, there's no daring in it, no go-for-broke passion. It's a nice little movie about romantic compulsion, just big enough to fit in a teacup.
  12. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    50
    There's something curiously off about The Time Traveler's Wife.
  13. “Caution: Contents may induce brain bleed.” That is, if you think too hard on the logic and mechanics of its time-travel conceit.
  14. 42
    The story is still mostly fabulous, and its novelty helps carry the film, but this still comes across like a poor high-school stage version: sincere and kind of sweet, but endlessly clumsy.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    40
    Will disappoint anyone looking for transport from a movie--being a time traveler's wife, it turns out, is mostly a drag.
  16. Often ridiculous, awkward, unsatisfying and dour melodramatic adaptation.
  17. Reviewed by: Joanne Kaufman
    40
    The movie moves at such an agonizingly stately pace that by the end, side effects be damned, Henry's time-traveling gene starts to look mighty appealing.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Dec 18, 2010
    8
    Though it does not quite live up to the book, The Time Traveller's Wife is a heartfelt and emotional movie. Sadly lacking the feeling of HenryThough it does not quite live up to the book, The Time Traveller's Wife is a heartfelt and emotional movie. Sadly lacking the feeling of Henry and Clare's deep relationship that the book conveys it is still a brilliant movie. Those parts that were missed did not leave gaping holes in the plot. It is an incredibly moving film and unless you have a heart of stone you will be crying your eyes out the whole way through. Full Review »
  2. Ssmith
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    I loved this movie; the beautiful direction, the acting, the story.
  3. BillyS
    Sep 11, 2009
    5
    Eric Bana travels back and forth from time to time in his life over and over and over again, I'd like to travel back to right before I Eric Bana travels back and forth from time to time in his life over and over and over again, I'd like to travel back to right before I paid for the ticket! Seriously. Full Review »