About Time (2013) - Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: Richard Curtis
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams
Length: 123 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 49 out of 445 found boring (11.01%)

One-line Reviews (220)

But time travel in this movie is a secondary thing, more important is one simple message that is very difficult to follow in life and that is to accept everything as it comes and to seize every moment in life like it is the last one.

Poignant and Riveting - a true movie for Adults .

They both made the movie so real that it was like i was with them all the time looking at all the things by sitting right beside them,of course not the sex part I wish,But overall the movie is worth watching many times, whenever you are sad and bored.

My colleague described it as enjoyable, and she was right.

You don't care of any of the characters, because they are so flat, so empty.

Make life enjoyable for others in your life.

Either watch paint dry or watch this movie, all the same.

I won't go into detail what he decided to relive particularly, but it was all quite entertaining and never really dragged.

sooooo cliché and they use it to the point of nausea in order to create an emotion this movie lacks building on it's own merit.

I loved the main character, and just about all the supporting characters are enjoyable.

The story is slow and very little happens.

It turned out to be on of the more enjoyable movies I've seen in ages-- characters you could care about, plenty of light laughs, and enough tension to keep it interesting.

Film gets a bit convoluted at times and takes some left turns that I could have done without, however over all enjoyable.

Thoroughly enjoyable .

The last ten minutes make this movie worth watching twice.

A safe, dull, pretence.

If there are scenes that make your heart skip a beat, or your eyes to shed a tear, they are not forced onto you rudely, but find their way through the lines of a beautifully boring life.

An Entertaining and Emotional Movie .

McAdams seems to have this chemistry with the men in her films (most of them) that is compelling and riveting and passionate.

But it is worth watching, definitely.

This movie is nothing more, just 2 hours of dull and boring cinema with almost no plot at all.

The film was worth seeing, but save your money and see it on DVD.

The title however for the film is actually brilliant, because when it finally dragged to the end I cheered out loud....

AT certainly lacks urgency or true conflict, but it's well executed and enjoyable enough for that to be overlooked and all in all it's another triumph for Working Title.

However, I left the theater with my intelligence being fully insulted.

Still somewhat entertaining.

Though there are many plot holes, just like many other time travel stories, it's still an enjoyable film.

Remembering her interest of Kate Moss he looks for her in an exhibition, and eventually using his time travel method he finds the right approach to say hello, but he is devastated to find she already has a boyfriend, they met the night after the play at a house party, so he travels back so that she and he never meet, and knowing she is bored he invites her for a dinner date with him.

For its last part, it starts to be engaging and very moving.

He was stunning in this film....

It becomes boring, over- prolonged, unnecessary actually, describing a series of events which I don't quite know what they are looking for in the movie.

Sometimes a flawed and somewhat predictable movie can be enjoyed by the watcher due to its charm and inoffensive manner, Richard Curtis's time traveling love story About Time is one of those films, a film that provides enough laughs and heartfelt moments that only Scrooge himself could not find enjoyment in this tale.

I've watched this movie yesterday with my wife, and we both enjoyed it very much.

Overall fantastic storyline, great acting throughout the cast and a thoroughly enjoyable and heart wrenching film.

My thought was right for the first half of the film where Tim try to find himself a girlfriend with some interesting yet boring humors.

There are some new faces together with some older faces of British cinema, working together very empathetically , on the background of a breathtaking Cornwall which is by itself worth the ticket.

She described it as enjoyable, the adjective I remember.

Usually the humor is of a questionable level and it threatens to become a corny tearjerker with a predictable happy ending where everyone is happily married.

This earnestness is helped by well written characters, particularly Tim who goes through a complete coming of age tale that many can relate to.

There is so much more to this movie than just the cliché.

But guess what – life is about the boring things.

Anyways it's just one more element that makes this movie painfully cliché'.

I guess this pretty soon gets boring to him as it got boring for Bill Murray in the Groundhog Day before he understand that love would be the meaning of life.

heart warming,engaging and humorous though not laugh out loud.

What follows is the usual formulaic clap-trap found in most other films Richard Curtis has been involved in, such as Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

One flaw I did pick up on was that it did feel a bit slow paced at points, Tim didn't seem to grow until very late on.

An entertaining can of worms .

He does appear as nice and caring though so bloody dull and boneless.

The movie is enjoyable and there are instances in this movie that you could use it in you daily life.

Whole movie is pathetic and boring.

Nevertheless, I found this movie absolutely boring.

Having said that,well,the cons are,the movie gets a bit too dragged at times,and could have been shortened a bit.

a really enjoyable Richard Curtis movie, perfect romantic comedy with a new setting .

He enjoyed it as well.

absolutely Nothing happened.

That's how brilliant a writer Curtis is, slapping dumb-looking smiles and movie-watchers' faces with clever dialogue, humorous scenarios and compelling romance.

The jokes are smile-kind of funny not the laughing out loud, but they are very entertaining.

The lovely Margot Robbie and the smile of Rachel McAdams save this movie from a fiasco since Domhnall Gleeson is too dull for a lead role.

The plot could perhaps be accused of moving slowly at times; however this only serves to heighten the drama of the intriguing plot twists.

Pros: Touching, powerful, and original plot, great ending, Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams and their great chemistry, good side characters, and Bill Nighy and his story is very touchingCons: The ability to time travel are never explained, slow pacing, and an overlong runtimeOverall Rating: 8.2

Except that this movie dragged on forever.

This is disappointing because up till then the film is engaging and funny, partly due to the likable casting of Domhnall Gleeson (the son of Irish actor Brendan Gleeson).

In one sentence: the most dull and boring movie I have seen in a long time, made for simple minds.

About Time is bland, pointless, and just sits there on screen doing absolutely nothing.

Just to point out a fraction of the cliché's.

There is a confusion about the exact rules of time travelling and sometimes about the time-line we're in.

Heck, I probably would have enjoyed it more if I could roll a tear.

What started as a another formulaic rom-com quickly into a highly witty and extremely funny story.

It gets complicated and confusing (do count that as one thing) and filmmakers usually love to incorporate hugely important matters into it.

Just awful and boring .

Overall, therefore, this is a silly, bland, unoriginal little film about silly, bland, inoffensive caricatures living their silly, bland, nice lives......

However I was pleasantly surprised by 'About Time' - the story was intriguing,the acting was exemplary & the actors were perfectly cast-Bill Nighy does the best 'Bill Nighy ',ever.

Really enjoyable .

Plagerised reworked and dull .

With a twist of time travel expected to be exciting from beginning only...

A wonderful film about an intriguing subject.

Honestly, this guy is just charismatic and stunning and you immediately connect with him and fall in love with him as Tim's doting father.

In the style of Being John Malkovich, Groundhog Day, Midnight In Paris and some Nicholas Sparks flick with a British Flare, the family secret of time travel creates a unique story that is superbly entertaining.

The amazing Rachel McAdams is the love of his life and they are stunning together.

One cliché' this movie didn't have was the big argument, near break up, get back together and everything is fine.

Cheesy formulaic pulp .

time travelling,which is not really made a big deal of,you become involved in the possible outcomes of Tim's attempts to alter events & there are lots of unexpected results due to his tinkering with time not panning out as expected.

Bottom line I honestly thought this film was rather dull to be honest with you.

Dull, Drab, Dreary, Dire.

The considerable humor was so, natural -- not forced, guttural, or contrived.

This movie probably holds the record for most cliché's ever in a movie.

an unexpected delight .

The intriguing plot complements the few time-travelling excursions and keeps the idea crisp.

However it is a very Enjoyable movie that will lift your spirits, and you may even want to watch it again to enjoy the finer details.

This isn't the sort of film I would usually choose to watch, but I found myself bored with a few hours to spare and decided to give it a go.

This was Unexpected.

I even liked his voice too, he has like this David Attenborough voice that really makes you fall asleep, yknow!

Well put together, but lacks in plot and character development.

Curtis is very straight forward with his story but it's massively engaging and entertaining.

Its a journey through a period of our time traveller's life, sometimes funny, charming, poignant with a very clever and enjoyable time travelling premise.

The movie proceeds to explore this question and it finds an unexpected, entirely beautiful conclusion.

The second hour of the film is just pure tediousness.

Stunning scenery, very good actors, the whole thing looked wonderful and could have lasted 30 minutes and actually been interesting.

Worth watching millions of times.

It could go on and on until either Tim dies of old age or the audience of boredom...

But to prevent that the movie will get boring by showing the reliving, the director just skips to the present again.

Good writing, enjoyable dialog, solid acting from the leads on down, and while the running time hits two hours you'd hardly notice as the pacing is light and always keeps you engaged, wondering what will happen next.

Therefore, people who want a lot of excitement and explosive action may be a little bored with it.

An unexpected pleasure.

I find it really confusing this film has almost the same average rating as Love Actually (even currently higher by 0.1). I mean that movie is PERFECT.

It is slow.

From then onwards, we're treated to entirely predictable events as the dull humour quickly drops out of the film and it makes a stab at being something serious, failing to realise that most of the intelligent male audience dragged into it by women likely lost interest a long time ago.

Just watched this brilliant movie for the 4th time, and it was as fascinating as the very first time.

Smart, Entertaining, Funny, and Touching .

Like watching paint dry...

Overall the film is enjoyable despite its shortcomings.

this is such a stupid and one of the worst movies about time traveling crap.

unrealistically boring and absurd .

An expected theme and conclusion indeed, but this final section gets a little long and tiresome without any riveting conflict.

I feel this is such a waste for this big time romantic movie star to be nothing more than just a sweet and caring gf/wife.

Boring to a fault.

A pretty enjoyable ride.

This film will eat the inside of your brain out by the time you get to the end - and if you don't, you will have taken my advice and skipped possibly the worst movie of this or any other century.

If you're looking for a mind-bending experience by the likes of Primer or Coherence, you are in for a total shock in the most boring fashion unless you've read my review and moved on ahead of time.

The situations that narrow down Tim's time traveling escapades are logical and intriguing.

However, it is a very enjoyable film, with some exciting twists and a good moral about life.

Tim will use this unexpected power to find the right girl with whom to spend the rest of his life.

It is too boring to go into details, just trust me.

They complicated the plot without any reason, making it dull and boring.

All in all a lovely movie worth watching many more times as so many of Ruchard Curtis' movies are.

Awkwardly bland .

dull and boring .

Storyline - banal bordering on silly.

In sum, the idea of time travel is adeptly utilized in addition to the countless laughs to be had and the highly entertaining plot overall.

Excellent choice of cast, stunning actors performance that make me believe in every emotion, brilliant look, perfect screenplay, exciting dialogs, interesting storyline, the soundtrack, all the little details just everything is on it's place!

The warm intelligent script, editing and filming, developing characterization, unpredictable story, - and yes accents - are just so right.

Cliché melodrama at its worst.

Two hours of time claimed but utter banal, trivial, storyless, directionless movie.

On the face value, the film is tremendously entertaining and heart-warming, Tim's naturalistic maladroitness proffers enough ballast for repeating his one-trick pony to finally win Mary over, along the way there are laughters galore; the family bond is also capaciously constructed between Tim and his father, and a detour to save his sister Kit Kat (Wilson) from wrong choices in her life.

The soundtrack is inherently British, which to me made it that more enjoyable.

It was rather tedious.

He isn't a chiseled, square jawed Hollywood superstar and he gives this truly moving, intense, emotional performance that feels right.

Overall it's not a movie I regret watching, it's a somewhat entertaining movie.

The film turned out to be an enjoyable movie and have enough tension to keep it interesting

The idea to travel through time via one's memory was fascinating.

This simple romantic comedy has no plot, the time-traveling part is infested with flaws.

A bland, ordinary, 'nice' movie......

Serene, catchy and stunning.

Great IMDB ratings led me to believe this may have been a great premise used well, however, right from the first massive plot defect where the lead male could simply have returned in time to get the girl's phone number again, and yet did not and the plot got terribly stupid and cliché, the entire thing began falling like a badly stacked deck of cards, relying on cliché after cliché and the MOST unremarkable dull lives with something poorly mimicking wit, to attempt to keep it all afloat.

and then the yawns set in.

): one plain boring nerd with a plain boring perfect cute love story he patches together.

Here's an in-depth summary of the movie:Main character uses time travel to get a girlfriend, then we spend the rest of the movie watching his boring life play out.

Enjoyable despite flaws .

A very enjoyable tale of life and love .

Rachel McAdams is so underused, but then again, the story is rather bland.

Its so unsettling that so many people here have given this drab grey shade of a movie ten stars, and calling it the "best film you've ever seen" c'mon..? Honestly people, can you just not make statements like that on here anymore?

Well,I gotta admit I thought it's another boring love story with some weird silly time-travel element,which is,obviously,not the case.

This is why I think it is worth watching.

Embarrassingly cliché!

Nighy at least adds a bit of clout to the mostly empty emotion, while Hollander, Grant, Griffiths and a few others at least add a bit of grit or cleverness into the film.

Quite boring and predictable .

The casts are stunning.

Confusing, and i guess not throughly though, unless someone can explain me these situations, would appreciate it.. It is not a true story, just a fantasy like romantic movie, where everything looks perfect and going well...

It might seem like a bad movie judging but my rant here but actually if you look past the aforementioned shortcomings it is entertaining and the 2 hrs will fly by in no time.

It is about enjoying life, it is about enjoying your friends and your family, if you are lucky enough to have enjoyable ones, like the dude in the film.

Time Travel has always been an intriguing idea in cinema and literature.

You've already read what the story is about so I wont bore you with the details.. I'll go straight to the point, the music!

I was hoping that like Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry's wonderful Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which did have a unique and original plot device and gimmick, but that film made us care and relate to the characters and situations more so than most films I have seen and was a film that always was fascinating and kept your interest and because of how personal and realistic it got, you could both identify with it and laugh and cry with it at the same time.

I deliberately didn't want to give away anything about the plot and where the film goes, for the fresh path it takes is part of the joy of viewing this refreshing and very entertaining film.

I think it is an average try to make it humorous and entertaining.

Maybe that's one of the reasons it was so immensely enjoyable.

Groundhog Day was about a curse, not a fancy gift, and Bill Murray was an edgy and fascinating character indeed.

I enjoyed it very much.

On the surface it's an entertaining ride watching a young man grow up - if it was just that it would still be better than most "romantic" movies out there: It's funny, it doesn't take itself too seriously, it's clever.

The strength of the writing is in the ability to remain unexpected, and some of this is naturally due to the ability of time travel to allow unexpected things to happen.

Instead the film-makers choose to rub our noses in their dreary middle-class bliss.

The premise of the film sounded interesting enough with it's blend of romance/comedy and even a little bit of science fiction (if you really want to call it that), but I just felt that the film went nowhere with this material.

It's not dynamite chemistry by any means, but it's enjoyable to see the two clearly having fun together.

The lack of central tension results in boredom.

Thanks for a most enjoyable story.

This movie was quite the unexpected treat.

Thoroughly enjoyable and I'm already looking forward to going to see it again.

I loved the cast but the writing was dull and rambling.

I was so bored and horrified that people may actually live these kind of hum drum predictable existences.

We both really enjoyed it.

Overall, I was disappointed, but found Domhnall Gleeson's skill and charm in the leading role the most enjoyable element of this film.

Really, very boring indeed.

ABOUT TIME is one half snappy romance and another half family drama which lures us into the tutelage of some very beneficial "Chicken Soup for the Soul" truisms like "value your life and live everyday fully", "notice the beauty in the small things around you" and "be brave to say goodbye to the beloved and move on", such and such.

It's a gripping, funny, intelligent British Film, it's better than 4 Weddings, Love Actually and Notting Hill.

As such I found it gripping and moving.

Just a very entertaining couple of hours.


The concept is very exciting and makes you wonder what you would've done if you had such a gift.

Curtis's Screenplay justifies a fascinating concept, by converting it into A Gem of a film.

With that being said, the flick's length certainly becomes problematic as it nears the conclusion; its last thirty minutes or so noticeably drag out, and we encounter an unexpected scene after another.


Very, very enjoyable movie.

It's the charaters and their interpersonal relationships in the unusual context of time travel which makes the movie an enjoyable watch.

Early scenes in the film are actually quite engaging and amusing and Bill Nighy lights up the screen.

So i entered the half-empty hall full with skepticism, expecting both a waste of my time and money.

I especially enjoyed it's secondary characters.

Pointless .

I hope you enjoyed it and don't want to go into the nearest closet to go 10 minutes back in time and "unread" it.

An intriguing set of new rules for time travel .

The acting is bad, the characters are flat, the comedy isn't funny, and the story (if you can call it that) is a boring waste of time.

I feared this film would become another sort of 50 First Dates, but surprisingly it took an unexpected turn halfway through the film and becomes something else.

Utter banality .

As a romantic comedy with some tearjerker moments, it's very enjoyable and nice.

The plot is a sort of "Butterfly Effect" of love, but is repetitive and tiresome.

It was difficult not to compare it to the passing-of-time montage in Notting Hill, which was much more effective - this just dragged on and the music was headache-inducing.

There were a few instances where the time traveling bit got slightly confusing to the end - for instance, when he and his father go back to when he was a little kid.

If it's not believable, then it ruins any hope of the movie being enjoyable.

Entertaining movie with a deeper message .

I enjoyed the Time Traveler's Wife, and this was like that except lacking everything that made that movie interesting, with hardly any significant, interesting time travel and a boring, pathetic loser for a main character who never grows at all throughout the movie.

Overall, it is an enjoyable movie, spoiled a bit by its second part which should have been shorter.

It's not until the midpoint of the film that About Time finally deals with familial complications that directly affect the relationship between Tim and Mary, and only then, does the film begin to become compelling.

The welding of a concept of time-travel to a rom-com,well,that,is indeed really unexpected.

Inside this lumpy, tedious 117 minute trudge is an 85 minute gem desperately fighting to escape.

The love aspects blend so well with the father/son relationship story that is just riveting.

It is a well-written, touching, humorous, and entertaining.

I am sure this is meant to be enchanting and touching, but actually I found it dull and boring, and the "oh yay you're not ugly" scene immediately afterwards just feels forced.

It is a good movie, you can watch it when you are boring.

Everything else looks tediously uninteresting, there is nothing left to fight for and the philosophical lesson, the Great Secret of Happiness is very long in the telling so you just want to get it over with.

In fact, to be honest, I was so charmed and immersed into the story and characters I did not notice the rules were broken long after the movie was over.

I really thought I was going to see a comedy and what I got was a total waste of time.