The idea of different chronological variants of the same character wandering the same timeline would be a forbidden paradox in most time-travel tales. But The Time Traveler's Wife embraces it. Because highly emotional moments in his life act as a kind of magnet for Henry's temporal tumbles, there are certain moments—the awful ones, mostly, like the death of his mother—where there are as many as 20 versions of him looking on, all as dumbstruck with horror as they were the first time they witnessed it.
Every time it feels as though the show might actually want to have a real conversation about fate, free will, or consequences, it slides away from the implication without ever fully looking it in the face.
Great acting! Fans of the book will really like this adaptation. Plenty of drama and a mind bending take on time travel where past and future influence each other in chicken/egg fashion. Some good humorous moments as well!
But above all it’s a romance. I am emotionally invested in these characters from the start!
This show is my new obsession. The tone is very close to the book, but better, even. Moffat’s additions are brilliant — like Annette’s recording. Theo James and Rose Leslie have really impressed me. They’ve made me cry and laugh.
It plays out like a passable Channel 5 daytime film, not a supposedly prestige series from HBO. The adaptation is so lazy that episodes begin with the lead characters reading lines straight into the camera, rather than anyone making the effort to work them into the script.
This is still a grown man interacting with the woman he'll eventually be sleeping with while she is a child playing with a toy horse. He's weirded out by it, and rightly so; therefore, so are we. Somehow there must be a means of pulling off these scenes in ways that don't make a person's skin crawl, but Moffat has not cracked that nut. ... Whether the main flaw in "The Time Traveler's Wife" is in the flatness of the prose or the emotional disconnect in the delivery is hard to say, but together they conspire to transform Clare into little more than a construct waiting to be animated.
With its “Twilight”-level trite dialogue and worldview, lack of adventures and alleged love story that is more like a grooming story, this show is so bad on every level that it is hard to pinpoint blame.