“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“We're Not Meant To Live Forever.”
“What If Time Is The Currency?”
“Not Engaging Enough”
“Clocks Slay Time... Time Is Dead As Long As It Is Being Clicked Off By Little Wheels; Only When The Clock Stops Does Time Come To Life. -William Faulkner-”
“Occupy Wall Street: The Motion Picture”
“A Very Interesting , Original , Action Packed Sci-fi Film That Truly Shows Of Justin Timberlake's Acting Ability. Considering The Fact At Times You Maybe Lost And Confused. But Its The Films Action & Plot Development Alone That Make In-Time Worth Watching”
“It's Fast-paced, Energetic, And Even Contains A Concept That Has Potential To Compete Against Inception. I Never Glanced At The Time Once.”
“A Novel Idea Ages Quickly And "In Time" Becomes A Waste Of Time”
Timberlake and Seyfried's relationship is way too thin to make us believe in them as a powerful outlaw couple, and the plot, once you get past the premise, is basically all cliches.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The tick tick tock of the mortal clock gives the science-fiction thriller "In Time" its slick, sweet premise.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A playful caper that ticks along on the strength of its cast.
Henry Barnes - Guardian [UK]
Despite a terrific concept that could make for an Inception for 2011, we get Logan's Run meets Robin Hood. And not the good parts.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
All in all, "In Time" is not just stylish but surprisingly substantial.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Andrew Niccol wrote and directed this pitifully titled movie, and one hurdle he fails to clear involves the frustration of watching so many shots of rapidly elapsing days and hours.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
In Time owes as much to The Marx-Engels Reader as Bonnie and Clyde.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
Sadly, for 99% of its running time, this muddled sci-fi drama is filled with enough overplotting, bad acting and riddle-speak dialogue to stop a clock.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Andrew Niccol's "In Time" looks great, sounds stilted and plays like a clever videogame with too many rules.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Oddly, Niccol doesn't seem to have a clue how to mine dread and anxiety out of that greenly flickering readout of a human lifespan.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
The premise is damnably intriguing.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Frustratingly, Niccol's technique isn't up to his premise. The movie offers roughly 60 minutes of story complication stretched out to 109.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Clever and unsettling.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Ace cinematographer Roger Deakins makes it all look exciting, but the rob-and-run action sequences are subpar.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Is it worth your time? Only if you have time to kill.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Timberlake, who had a scene-stealing turn as Napster mogul Sean Parker in "The Social Network," is a snooze in this role, not quite as wooden as Keanu Reeves but hardly making a case for himself as an actor.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
The premise is rich enough to engage, making it easy to forgive Niccol's indulgences.
Peter Debruge - Variety
A dystopian allegory with much on its mind and all of it wrong.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Writer-director Niccol manages to cover the same ground as the most recent "Spy Kids" movie without tumbling into silliness.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The concept of the movie dovetails nicely with society's never-ending obsession with youth and our pursuit of ways to find more hours in the day, but somebody forgot to stop at the plot store on the way to the studio.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Nothing more than a clumsily executed preach-a-thon.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Niccol's 'In Time': Prescient allegory of urgent timeliness about the current economic woes.
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
Happily, there are some laughs en route. More happily yet, a few of them are even intentional.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Somewhere Marx quips that capital is immortal even if its possessors are not; this movie's imaginative leap is to conflate the two and build a world where even death, the great leveler in human affairs, can be bought off.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A movie so consistently flat-footed, with pauses between lines of dialogue so vast, that you begin to wonder if the whole thing might be a psychological experiment of some kind.
Dana Stevens - Slate
It's a little like Michael Bay's The Island in the way the narrative fails to live up to the promise of its back story.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Unfortunately, as the film moves along, its brisk pace notwithstanding, too many issues come to weigh against it. As cleverly conceived as it is, the time-for-money substitution leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
if you can get past the plot holes and the copious time puns, In Time is actually rather brisk, enjoyable entertainment.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
It's a great idea that Niccol can't translate into a great movie.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Pretty cast. Potent premise. Piss-poor execution.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
In Time is filled with sly references and obvious puns, as well as sometimes heavy-handed parallels to class warfare.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
If only the ticking clock were more tightly wound; if only more time were used to develop the romance and relationships; if only dying didn't seem so easy.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
One long, extended chase sequence interspersed with awkward flirting.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Even with its thoughtful nods to "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Les Miserables," "In time" never delivers that transcendent "Blade Runner" moment, and never rises above cult classic to simple classic.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
There's a lot to like about In Time, but it misses the mark for being an overly memorable experience and ends up being just an adequate sci-fi flick.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
"In Time" gets points for putting forth an interesting concept, but because of Niccol's inability to utilize that concept, we get a film that ends up going nowhere.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Worry, worry and watch the clock, for 'In Time' wastes what time you've got.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Andrew Niccol's dystopia never really feels like anything other than a depthless, stylish sleek surface.
Ian Berriman - SFX Magazine
Starts out great, almost like a pseudo sequel to Niccol's other sci-fi drama Gattaca, but slowly unravels into a mindless chase picture that never really captures any real depth or meaning.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Nothing remarkable about this futuristic adventure that reminds me a bit of "Logan's Run." Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Andrew Niccol continues to be the go-to guy for using smartly executed science-fiction/fantasy concepts in the service of expressing ideas rather than bang-up action.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
The movie doesn't ask much of them, acting-wise, as it devolves into a chase film and doesn't spent any time examining all the thorny moral quandaries that it brings up.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Prophetically arriving at about the same time as the Occupy Wall Street protests, the film couldn't be more relevant; unfortunately, it's also ham-handed.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Timberlake's charisma can't carry this but it's hard to think of anyone who could.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
Like a 99 Percenter in the making, Will is stunned to hear from Henry that -- oh my god! -- the system of doling out time is rigged.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Nobody should waste a minute of their life on this baloney.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Niccol's metaphor gets silly fast.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
This Bonnie and Clyde couldn't have less on screen chemistry if Clyde was the orangutan from Every Which Way but Loose.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
This alternate world's hollowness drains the movie, blanching the noir. Cheesy, corny moments pop up throughout. Grinds its potential down into a clockwork chase movie.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The plot is too loose and the action too slack to keep the audience fully gripped. Timberlake and Seyfried are supposed to be the ones looking fretfully at their wrists to see how much time they have to go, not the viewer.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
In Time is the sort of middling sci-fi movie that you might come across a few months from now while looking for something to stream from the Internet.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
...the movie's failure [is] especially disappointing given the enduring success of 1997's Gattaca.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
When time really is money, it's hard not to keep looking at your watch. Fortunately, viewing this film won't have you looking at yours.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
... it works pretty well if you don't look too closely ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
An interesting, literal 'living on borrowed time' premise doesn't quite live up to its ambition but cool film work and Justin Timberlake keep things interesting.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
In Time fills its dynamic, sprawling universe with about as much character and drama as a half-hour game of Sim City.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It's a relatively simple but ingenious concept. Niccol, however, seems unable to get the story going without letting the film trip over itself.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The endless chases on foot and by car are unsuccessful attempts to prevent the audience thinking about the plot.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The movie may not probe as deeply into its subject as desired, but it's nevertheless an enjoyable watch, full of propulsive action and intriguing scenarios.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
One of the film's stronger threads poses a key question: even if you could extend your life by decades, would you really want to?
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Timberlake is fine but not as good as he was in The Social Network because he doesn't get the chances. It's a pity, but this sort of thing needs a brighter director.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
In Time is a neat concept, stylishly executed, with some well-orchestrated action sequences to paper over a few cracks in wrier/director Niccol's logic.
- Liverpool Echo
It's all just big-budget dress-up in a futurescape that reeks of phoniness.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Stylish and original but its confusing middle and overbearing moral message will have you looking at the time.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
If time really were currency, I'm not sure I'd use up 109 precious minutes on this - and yet, it's just watchable enough to not be a complete waste of time.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
A waste of time.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
It's a plot with intriguing issues touched upon, including mortality, the class system and that knowing how much time we have left to live can affect our judgments.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried play for time in a monotonous, one-note thriller
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
In Time is The Adjustment Bureau without the charm and sexual chemistry.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Is it possible to give a film four stars for its premise and two stars for its execution?
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Attempts to be both thriller and political allegory but ultimately falls someway short of being either.
Jason Goodyer - Little White Lies
Despite strong performances from a likeable cast, this squanders its potentially interesting premise and is ultimately something of a disappointment thanks to a dumbed-down script, a lack of imagination and a tendency towards heavy-handed symbolism.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
If time's so valuable, why does Seyfried run everywhere in six-inch heels?
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
It's not a total waste of your time. But boy will you wish Niccol had spent more of his on it.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
Good concept and an entertaining cast make this one better than it should be.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Such an original sci-fi concept that has a potent economic allegory that rouses interest in the first part then fizzles away as the action and serviceable acting dominates ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
At first . . . well, timely, Niccol's metaphor gets silly fast.
- Boston Phoenix
A grown-up sci-fi idea suffering from a severe case of arrested (script) development, In Time plays like Equilibrium without the fights, or Total Recall without the fun.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
There are some nice ideas thrown around, and the film works as an analogy (albeit it a heavy-handed one) for modern society's staggeringly unjust division of wealth, but it aims to please the broadest audience possible and suffers for it.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
Niccol's major problem is timing: action sequences and dialogue scenes lie flat on the screen, while his tendency to play around with pacing means that any tension quickly dissipates. Life's too short.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Interesting ideas and howling anger at the 1 percent drive the first half, but the Bonnie and Clyde stylings of the second feel a little rushed and strangely out of sync.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Messy and half-formed, but a pleasing throwback to an era in which ideas powered movies more than special effects, In Time provides a steady flow of lively entertainment due to its brain-tickling central conceit.
Brent Simon - Screen International
In Time needs a few more rewrites before it can knock on the door of great sci-fi films like 'Blade Runner.'
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
The film is beautifully shot in chilly blues and grays by cinematographer Roger Deakins, and Los Angeles locales are well chosen for futuristic effect. Most of the time, however, I found myself glancing at the clock on my own wrist.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
In Time is half a good film - thoughtful, well-shot, and smart in places - and half a clunky, derivative, and at its worst, laughable one.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
For all its flaws, this remains worth some of your hard-earned time.
James White - SFX Magazine
Gattaca and The Truman Show... have trained me to think of a new film from Andrew Niccol... as something of an Event... [B]ut now that In Time disappoints, too, I'm starting to worry that Niccol has said all he has to say.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Not one for the ages.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
High concept meets lightweight substance in writer/director Andrew Niccol's clinical cartoon rendition of a not-too-distant-future dystopia.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's all way too cut-and-dry, an enterprise in which a pedestrian plot and a straightforward aesthetic have been applied to a grand idea.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
...an ingenious and thought-provoking sci-fi chase film.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
A slickly stylized premise, adroitly rigging the economic currency, but the essential chemistry is lacking.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Although the film lacks momentum, the premise and Timberlake's appeal makes it a more thsn decent watch.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
more irritating for what it should have been than satisfying for what it is
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It's such a colorless creation, it's almost impossible to believe Niccol botched his weird idea so quickly, turning something with serious potential for lively sci-fi escapism into a miserable, static motion picture.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
You won't be looking at your watch, which means it's at least worth the time spent.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo - Boxoffice Magazine
Niccol, whose excellent 1997 film Gattaca revealed a similar obsession with human genetics, is an above-average filmmaker who may simply lack the daredevil recklessness a project like this requires.
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR