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  • Summary: Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler--cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back andClare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler--cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through the years with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, and never knowing when they will be reunited, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Gracefully directed by Robert Schwentke, the film has a perfect performance by Bana, rangy and haunted, never at home in his body.
  2. It would really help to get into the right frame of mind before seeing The Time Traveler's Wife, because viewed from some angles - maybe most angles - the movie is ridiculous.
  3. Bana and McAdams are sweet together, with matching dimples and starry eyes, and we grow eager to see them remain in the same place. In the end, that's all there is to the movie, really. It's a time-travel fantasy in search of a cozy love seat.
  4. “Caution: Contents may induce brain bleed.” That is, if you think too hard on the logic and mechanics of its time-travel conceit.
  5. The Time Traveler's Wife slips the romance cards into a stacked deck – read 'em if you will, but no need to weep.
  6. 50
    Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin won an Oscar for "Ghost" (1990), a pleasant, moderately thoughtful weepie that this movie closely resembles.
  7. They miss by a mile – or should I say, a light-year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Ssmith
    Feb 3, 2010
    10
    I loved this movie; the beautiful direction, the acting, the story.
  2. CastorT.
    Aug 16, 2009
    9
    Boasting terrific performances and chemistry from Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, the Time Traveler's Wife has some flaws but is a Boasting terrific performances and chemistry from Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, the Time Traveler's Wife has some flaws but is a charming, endearing and bittersweet romantic drama nonetheless. Expand
  3. LindaM.
    Aug 15, 2009
    8
    A touching tale of the power of love that has no expiration date and the paradoxes of time travel.
  4. KielM.
    Oct 11, 2009
    8
    I really enjoyed this movie, but I did wonder if I would have enjoyed it if I had not already read the book. Although the movie omits I really enjoyed this movie, but I did wonder if I would have enjoyed it if I had not already read the book. Although the movie omits important elements from the book, I thought it did a good job of focusing and the main story line from the book. For me the great love story overcame the questionable science. Expand
  5. DonnaL.
    Aug 15, 2009
    7
    It is possible to abandon reason and enjoy this film. The acting supports the effort.
  6. 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. Collapse
  7. JohnE.
    Aug 23, 2009
    0
    I enjoy good movies weather they are chick flicks or horror films. Since this was based upon a book I came in with high hopes, but sadly I enjoy good movies weather they are chick flicks or horror films. Since this was based upon a book I came in with high hopes, but sadly enough this film made absolutely no sense at all. It was purposefully manipulative to your emotions, and had nothing to really bight your teeth into. This film made me very angry, why would anyone make this movie it sucks. In the sea of good romantic movies out there this one is a rock at the bottom of the Marianas trench. Expand

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