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The Time Traveler's Wife

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tearjerker is too gloomy for tweens and younger teens.

Movie PG-13 2009 107 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 15+

I don't have kids and this is what I think

The whole movie all around is pretty uncomfortable the main character basically groomed the wife since she was a little girl. He was a full adult and blipped to visit the wife who was 6 at the time and continued to visit her once a week. Personally me I feel this movie isn't really appropriate for younger ages unless they have a strong understanding that the whole relationship is basically forced the wife never really had the time to chance to really decide what she wanted on her own and their communication as a couple was not really there at all, but the story was all right pretty basic.
age 18+

Amazing, Magical and Beautiful!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (25 ):

For a film about the metaphysical, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is curiously lacking in energy. It starts out far too explanatory, like a wannabe friend who overshares. While it's true that the audience needs prodding given the material -- how to make time travel approachable? -- it nevertheless seems questionable to keep inserting explanations that have been heard before. (For instance, why Henry keeps stealing clothes wherever he turns up.)

The time-travel jump cuts make the film all the more befuddling, and although Henry's supposed to morph in age from one time period to the next, all that ever seems to change is how many wrinkles he sports and how gray his hair gets. It's not until midway through the movie, when questions about Henry's genetic makeup arise, that the film begins to really transport you -- and, by the end, it does get very emotional. (How can it not, given the heavy tugging? After all, the melancholic piano is cued at every tragic turn.) But still, somehow the end result is more tepid than tearjerking.

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