The Time Traveler's Wife is a "first-rate and spellbinding drama," said Pete Hammond in Boxoffice Magazine. Based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Niffenegger, and starring the perfectly paired Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, this "handsomely produced" film combines "elements of sweepingly romantic time travel movies like Somewhere In Time and the supernatural swoon of Ghost." (watch the trailer for The Time Traveler's Wife)
The "thoroughness" and attention to detail in The Time Traveler's Wife "may impress fans" of the book, said Nick Pinkerton in The Village Voice, "but will disappoint anyone looking for transport from a movie—being a time traveler's wife, it turns out, is mostly a drag." And there's too much focus on the lead character's "tendency to inconveniently melt in and out of the present, finding himself unceremoniously stranded somewhere in time, naked."
Not only that, said Kirk Honeycutt in The Hollywood Reporter, but there's just "not enough emotional truth" to this film. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams "make you feel the pain and the ultimate acceptance of their dilemma but never convey the magic that allows the couple to persevere through such a grand but trying love." There are also "no light touches" to this movie, and "the treacle comes on a little too strong toward the end."
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