The Time Traveler's Wife Reviews

  • The Time Traveler's Wife is built as a game that the audience learns to play, and after a while, yes, we do get the hang of it.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Often ridiculous, awkward, unsatisfying and dour melodramatic adaptation.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • The tasty nuggets of fun drown in all the soupy seriousness, but this time travel is sometimes an interesting ride.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The Time Traveler's Wife tries to transcend time and place, but it ultimately becomes bogged down in details.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • What makes The Time Traveler's Wife work as drama, and certainly better than it might have, is an unhesitating emotional commitment on the part of the actors.

    John Anderson — Washington Post

  • The Time Traveler's Wife is told with a tenderness that's unusual in a major motion picture but that leads mostly to dullness.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • This thoroughness may impress fans of the bestseller source novel, but will disappoint anyone looking for transport from a movie -- being a time traveler's wife, it turns out, is mostly a drag.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • It's hard to live in stolen moments, but trying to find a few enjoyable ones in The Time Traveler's Wife is nearly impossible.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • The movie moves fast, as though to distract you from these shortcomings and the nearly total absence of logic.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • I'm over the moon about this movie, which smooths out the psychological dissonances in Audrey Niffenegger's fine novel but is still an emotional workout.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • If you allow yourself to think for one moment of the paradoxes, contradictions and logical difficulties involved, you will be lost. The movie supports no objective thought.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The emotions and crises feel pre-sanded, smooth to the point of blandness. The transitional disappearances are routine.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • A kooky, head-spinning romantic mess.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • An uninspired alternative to comic book pandemonium and solemn family dramas, a gloppy serving of late summer corn.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The fact that Bana is a bit of a cold fish and real sparks never really ignite between he and McAdams, who is 10 years his junior, doesn't help matters.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • Maybe the novel by Audrey Niffenegger, which a number of people seem to have read and enjoyed, was more convincing, but the unsatisfactory, yo-yo script by Bruce Joel Rubin, makes no real effort to explore the inner emotions of the characters.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Fairly irresistible nonsense.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • A Twilight Zone premise written like a Mariah Carey song, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined for a warm welcome on an obscure cable network. The Spinster Movie Station? The Lonely Hearts Channel?

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • An elegy to love, fate, loss and free will, The Time Traveler's Wife is to science fiction what Twilight is to vampire tales -- a femme-centric exploration of relationships wrapped in genre fiction.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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