The Time Traveler's Wife

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The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
  • PG-13
  • 1h 48m
  • 2009
Rotten39%
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What if you suddenly, unpredictably and uncontrollably traveled through time? Life can be harrowing for a time traveler, but in this romance about the victory of love over age and time, life is even more challenging for The Time Traveler's Wife. Clare (Rachel McAdams--Wedding Crashers, The Notebook) has been in love with Henry (Eric Bana--Troy, Munich) her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler--cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through the years with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, and never knowing when they will be reunited, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten39%
Critics Consensus: Though it may satisfy fans of the novel, The Time Traveler's Wife's plot contrivances and illogical narrative hamper its big screen effectiveness.
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Time Out
David Fear
Rotten

That the actors can pull off such Oprah-friendly, sci-fi-inflected sap and keep straight faces is...

March 3, 2019
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall
Fresh

While the script could have done more to exploit Bana's sense of humour, it does profit from his d...

June 21, 2017
MSN Movies
Kathleen Murphy
Rotten

The movie moves fast, as though to distract you from these shortcomings and the nearly total absen...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Tearjerker is too gloomy for tweens and younger teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tearjerker, though romantic, may prove too gloomy for tweens and younger teens. The central couple shares a powerful love, but their relationship is constantly tested, sometimes to the breaking point, and there are few moments of levity. Expect some nudity (though primarily in a non-sexual context), swearing ("s--t" is the strongest word used), and a few bloody, though not gory, scenes. There’s also discussion of heavy topics like free will, miscarriage, death, and losing a parent.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Release Date:August 14, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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