The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

Robert Schwentke (2008)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Rachel McAdams stars as the wife of the title, but it's her husband (Eric Bana) who takes precedence in this sci-fi drama. Henry (Bana) involuntarily slips through time at the most inopportune moments, and can be gone for weeks while Clare (McAdams) pines for his return. More often than not, he's off visiting her in childhood, planting the seeds of this discontent. In the bestselling novel, the premise allowed author Audrey Niffenegger to explore dysfunctional relationships in a unique fashion. Here, director Robert Schwentke creates intrigue, but also skirts the emotional crux of the matter. The film becomes a dry exercise in juggling timelines and leaves the characters lacking depth. The tragedy of Clare and Henry's romance is muted, and the mundane way they treat his time-travelling also dampens the mood. Suspending disbelief becomes a more difficult task with each passing minute. A disappointment.


A librarian suffers from a strange condition that causes him to involuntarily move backwards and forwards in time. He marries a woman who was already in love with him after an encounter in his future and her past, but his journeys through history put a strain on their relationship, especially as he learns more about events that have yet to happen. Romantic sci-fi drama based on Audrey Niffenegger's novel, starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.

Cast & Crew

Clare Abshire Rachel McAdams
Henry De Tamble Eric Bana
Gomez Ron Livingston
Richard DeTamble Arliss Howard
Dr David Kendrick Stephen Tobolowsky
Young Henry Alex Ferris
Young Clare Brooklynn Proulx
Annette DeTamble Michelle Nolden
Charisse Jane McLean
Director Robert Schwentke
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Aug 2009