The Time Traveler's Wife

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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Critic Reviews

  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. 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. 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. 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 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  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 »