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Somewhere in Time Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    The screenplay is priceless (funny) and it's Mr. Reeve who sets the film's tone. Unfortunately, his unshadowed good looks, granite profile, bright naivete and eagerness to please - the qualities that made him such an ideal Superman - look absurd here.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The whole movie is so solemn, so worshipful toward its theme, that it's finally just silly.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    A charming, witty, passionate romantic drama about a love transcending space and time, Somewhere In Time is an old-fashioned film in the best sense of that term. Which means it's carefully crafted, civilized in its sensibilities, and interested more in characterization than in shock effects.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Moony time travel tale is best for incurable romantics.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is little to worry about in this romance. Though to some, the intensity of Richard's desire to go back in time to find Elise may look like an unhealthy obsession.

  • Families can talk about love and its power to bring people together, as well as its power to break hearts. How do different people deal with the end of a relationship, or the loss of a loved one? How do Richard and Elise cope with their separation?
  • Time travel is a central theme to this movie. How does Richard try to travel through time? What does the concept of time mean to you? Do you relate to certain eras more than others? Why do you think that this is so?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Love is more important than time and space in this movie. Richard does all that he can to go back in time to be with the woman of his dreams.

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    Role models: Though Elise is a woman of a certain era, she does assert herself with her manager, telling him to let her live her own life. Richard is gentle and respectful with Elise, modeling dreamy romantic behavior. However, the intensity of Richard's desire to go back in time to find Elise borders on obsession.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false1

    Sex: Kissing between Richard and Elise and a vague shot of his bare shoulder when they are presumably in bed together. A woman walks around in a corset and stockings. Richard's bare chest is shown.

  • language false2

    Language: "Damnit," "damn," 'Christ," and "s--t."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A beer bottle on Richard's dinner table, plus some champagne sipping by diners in the 1912 dinner scene.