Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Cantet has rich insights into this material, and brings them alive through sensitive acting and powerful filmmaking.
  2. "Human Resources" was a good, straightforward tale, but Time Out is better. It's haunting. It's like a poem.
  3. Reviewed by: Leighton Klein
    88
    Cantet's script and direction are flawless, and, matched step-for-step by Jocelyn Pook's mournful score, he builds the tension to near unbearable levels.
  4. There's piercing sadness, and fury, too, in this Everyman's isolation, and Cantet is singularly skilled at evoking the universal condition of such tragic ordinariness.
  5. It's a chilly, lonely introduction to a man who has effectively stepped out of the social world of adult responsibility.
  6. A hushed, small-scale masterpiece that moves into the shadowlands of tragedy.
  7. 100
    Recoing gives a performance that won't soon be forgotten. Neither will Time Out. It's a great movie.
  8. 100
    Cantet's masterful study of a white-collar businessman in decline.
  9. Not just an especially subtle and thoughtful psychological drama, it's a provocative, even an unnerving one as well.
  10. Recoing's performance is a sensitive portrayal of a man in the throes of an excruciating spiritual crisis.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    It's like an Ingmar Bergman film with the loss of religious faith replaced with a sort of socioeconomic nebulousness.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    90
    Theater veteran Recoing is utterly compelling. Both the script and the resourceful, subtle actor provide enormous insight into the troubled character.
  13. Skip work to see it at the first opportunity.
  14. 88
    If the movie has a flaw, it's that the working out of Vincent's psychology is too perfect.
  15. 91
    Recoing's performance is chillingly low-key -- sometimes you can swear that he believes his own fictions -- and Livrozet, making his film debut, has a perfect long-in-the-tooth charm.
  16. 100
    This movie makes one grateful that a serious European art cinema still exists. [15 April 2002, p. 88]
  17. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    It has the stately, well-crafted anxiety of a Hitchcock movie, except that the protagonist and antagonist are one and the same.
  18. Vincent is played masterfully by Aurelien Recoing, who gives him a sort of as-if anomie; this haunted hero is so detached that he may not realize he has no real life to be detached from.

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