'In Time' Critic Reviews

79%
MovieWeb:   10 reviews
36%
Rotten Tomatoes:   155 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    The tick tick tock of the mortal clock gives the science-fiction thriller "In Time" its slick, sweet premise.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Henry Barnes Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    A playful caper that ticks along on the strength of its cast.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    All in all, "In Time" is not just stylish but surprisingly substantial.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    In Time owes as much to The Marx-Engels Reader as Bonnie and Clyde.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Andrew Niccol's "In Time" looks great, sounds stilted and plays like a clever videogame with too many rules.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Niccol's zippy direction, joined to a sleek, rich production design, keeps the movie spinning like a shiny toy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The premise is damnably intriguing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Frustratingly, Niccol's technique isn't up to his premise. The movie offers roughly 60 minutes of story complication stretched out to 109.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Clever and unsettling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    Philip K. Dick for knuckleheads.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Ace cinematographer Roger Deakins makes it all look exciting, but the rob-and-run action sequences are subpar.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Is it worth your time? Only if you have time to kill.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    The premise is rich enough to engage, making it easy to forgive Niccol's indulgences.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    A dystopian allegory with much on its mind and all of it wrong.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    63
    Writer-director Niccol manages to cover the same ground as the most recent "Spy Kids" movie without tumbling into silliness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    17
    Nothing more than a clumsily executed preach-a-thon.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Baltake Passionate Moviegoer (Top Critic)
    Niccol's 'In Time': Prescient allegory of urgent timeliness about the current economic woes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Happily, there are some laughs en route. More happily yet, a few of them are even intentional.
    Full Review » 3 years ago