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Writers (WGA):
Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay)
Audrey Niffenegger (novel)
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14 August 2009 (USA) See more »
A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Michelle Nolden ... Annette DeTamble

Alex Ferris ... Henry at Six

Arliss Howard ... Richard DeTamble

Eric Bana ... Henry

Katherine Trowell ... Hospital Receptionist
Bart Bedford ... Library Researcher
Esther Jun ... Waitress

Matt Birman ... Chicago Police #1
Craig Snoyer ... Chicago Police #2

Rachel McAdams ... Clare
Carly Street ... Librarian
Romyen Tangsubutra ... Thai Waiter

Brooklynn Proulx ... Clare at Six and Eight

Jane McLean ... Charisse

Ron Livingston ... Gomez

Brian Bisson ... Mark Abshire

Maggie Castle ... Alicia Abshire
Fiona Reid ... Lucille Abshire

Philip Craig ... Philip Abshire
Mario Tufino ... Barber

Shawn Storer ... Moving Man
David Talbot ... Pastor

James Lafazanos ... Jeremy (Gallery Owner)
Dan Duran ... Lottery Announcer
Kenner Ames ... TV Sales Person
Alison MacLeod ... Realtor

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Dr. Kendrick

Hailey McCann ... Alba at Nine and Ten
Donald Carrier ... Dr. Osman
Jan Caruana ... Dr. Osman's Nurse

Jean Yoon ... Dr. Montague

Tatum McCann ... Alba at Four and Five

Duane Murray ... Resident Doctor

Paul Francis ... Hunting Buddy
Jon Bruno ... Chicago Radio Show Host
Kevin Drew ... Broken Social Scene - Singer
Brendan Canning ... Broken Social Scene - Band Member
Andrew Whiteman ... Broken Social Scene - Band Member
Justin Peroff ... Broken Social Scene - Band Member
Michael Bell ... Voice Over (voice)

June Christopher ... Voice Over (voice)

David Cowgill ... Voice Over (voice)
Makenna Cowgill ... Voice Over (voice)

Terri Douglas ... Voice Over (voice)

Chad Einbinder ... Voice Over (voice)
Ashleigh Falls ... Voice Over (voice)
Jackie Gonneau ... Voice Over (voice)
Kerry Gutierrez ... Voice Over (voice)

Helaine Lembeck ... Voice Over (voice)

Anne Lockhart ... Voice Over (voice)
Mona Marshall ... Voice Over (voice)

Scott Menville ... Voice Over (voice)

Heidi Brook Myers ... Voice Over (voice)

Jonathan Nichols ... Voice Over (voice)

Paul Pape ... Voice Over (voice)
Greyson Spann ... Voice Over (voice)

Pepper Sweeney ... Voice Over (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alexis Beckley ... Zoo Visitor (uncredited)
Gene Fojtik ... Zoo Chaperone (uncredited)
Bryanna Hartung ... Visitor at Zoo (uncredited)

Dave Kiner ... Man (uncredited)
Keith Lawson ... Zoo Visitor (uncredited)

Abi McKenzie ... Girl on Beach (uncredited)

Christina Orjalo ... Rosa (uncredited)
Amanda Whitcroft ... Girl in Library (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Schwentke 
Writing credits
Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay)

Audrey Niffenegger (novel)

Produced by
Richard Brener .... executive producer
Dede Gardner .... producer
Justis Greene .... executive producer
Kristin Hahn .... co-producer
Sara Moe .... associate producer
Brad Pitt .... executive producer
Nick Wechsler .... producer
Michele Weiss .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
Cinematography by
Florian Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Robin D. Cook 
Jennifer L. Smith 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Jon Hutman 
Art Direction by
Peter Grundy 
Set Decoration by
Patricia Cuccia 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... personal makeup artist: Ms. McAdams
Ann Brodie .... makeup department head
Susan Exton-Stranks .... key hair stylist
Agnes M. Gibicar .... hair stylist: Chicago (as Agnes Gibicar)
Vivian Guzman .... hair stylist: Chicago
Laura MacCon .... dailies makeup artist
Helen Marchfield .... makeup artist: Chicago
Pamela Milone-McLaughlin .... hair stylist: Chicago
Tim Mogg .... makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... personal hair stylist: Ms. McAdams
Vincent Sullivan .... head of hair department
Thomas Terhaar .... additional hair stylist
Christien Tinsley .... designer and creator: special make-up effects
Kerry Vaughan .... assistant makeup artist: dailies
Dorota Zajac .... key makeup artist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Erik Holmberg .... executive in charge of production
Heather Meehan .... unit production manager
Sara Romilly .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Cushen .... assistant director
Gillian Muller .... daily assistant director (as Gillian Müller)
Neesha Patki .... third assistant director
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Donald Young .... daily assistant director
Jennifer Zabawa .... daily assistant director
Art Department
Colin Adams .... on-set dresser
John Bannister .... key scenic artist
Kirk Cheney .... construction coordinator
Danielle Fleury .... set decoration buyer
Brad Francis .... on set scenic
John Fraser .... studio backing designer and artist
James A. Frith .... art department coordinator
Jason Graham .... first assistant art director
Jason Graham .... graphic artist
Elis Lam .... first assistant art director
Yasmyn Lee .... art department apprentice
Yasmyn Lee .... trainee assistant art director
Alan Letts .... construction coordinator: reshoots
John MacNeil .... set designer
Joe McLean .... assistant head carpenter
Kari Measham .... set decoration buyer
Kenny Meinzinger .... set dresser
Matt Middleton .... second assistant art director
Marquee Reno .... buyer: Chicago
Jaclyn Shoub .... concept artist
Jeremy Simser .... storyboard artist
Richard M. Snider .... key greens
Rob Valeriote .... head carpenter: reshoots
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
John Cannon .... supervising assistant sound editor
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Gordon Chacra .... boom operator
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound designer (as Hector Gika)
Glynna Grimala .... effects editor
Steve La Fayette .... boom operator: Chicago
Kimaree Long .... adr editor
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor
Craig Mann .... re-recording mixer
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist
Michelle Pazer .... adr editor
Michelle Pazer .... dialogue editor
Alex Riordan .... sound mixer: Chicago (as F. Alexander Riordan)
Steve Robinson .... foley artist
Robert Scherer .... production sound mixer (as Robert F. Scherer)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Kevin J. Summers .... cable: Chicago (as Kevin Summers)
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Tim Walston .... sound effects editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Dorian Williamson .... cableperson
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Lars Bjerre .... dialogue denoising (uncredited)
Corey Eccles .... sound intern (uncredited)
Kenneth Gilbert .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Rick Gould .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Pedro Jimenez .... trailer re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Anne Lockhart .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Brian Seagrave .... audio post-conform (uncredited)
Greg Townsend .... sound mixing recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alex Burdett .... special effects supervisor
Terence J. Cox .... pyrotechnician
Joe Giles .... special effects: Tinsley Transfers Effects Studio
Jason Hamer .... special effects technician
Brian Hillard .... special effects makeup: Tinsley Transfers
Michael Innanen .... special effects first assistant: re-shoot
Tony Kenny .... special effects coordinator: reshoots
Paul Krysinski .... special effects technician
Craig McLauchlan .... special effects assistant
Allison Oliver .... special effects artist: Tinsley Transfers
Troy Rundle .... special effects key
Brodie Spaull .... special effects technician
Lino Stavole .... special effects: Tinsley Transfers Effects Studio
Sophie Vertigan .... special effects snow key
Diane Woodhouse .... special effects coordinator: Tinsley Transfers Inc.
Visual Effects by
Robert Adams .... tracking & integration: R!OT
Jerry Andrews .... motion control operator
Michael Angelo .... Inferno artist: R!OT
Mayumi Arakaki .... digital producer (as Mayumi Arakaki Davies)
Jennifer Avery .... visual effects production assistant
Kelly Bumbarger .... digital compositor
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Daniel Aristoteles Collins .... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues
Charles Collyer .... compositor: R!OT
Tim 'Timco' Conway .... tracking & integration lead: R!OT (as Tim Conway)
Robert Coquia Jr. .... data management: R!OT
Del DePierro .... tracking & integration: R!OT
Mark Edwards .... digital production manager: R!OT
Dustin Foster .... assistant production manager: R!OT
Jamie Hallett .... dfx supervisor: R!OT
Lindsay Hallett .... executive producer: R!OT (as Lindsay Burnett)
Phil Holland .... digital imaging specialist
Holly Gregory Horter .... roto/paint: R!OT (as Holly Horter)
David Jones .... visual effects supervisor (as David M.V. Jones)
Evan Kantor .... vfx coordinator: R!OT
Louis Kreusel .... render i/o coordinator: Rhythm & Hues
David Lamps .... render i/o coordinator: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Kurt Lawson .... compositor: R!OT
Young Lee .... technical animator: Rhythm and Hues
Laurence Lok .... 2d lead: R!ot
Sean Looper .... pipeline architect: R!OT
Brian Lutge .... fx: R!OT
Sean Mattini .... digital colorist assist
Erika A. McKee .... visual effects producer (as Erika McKee)
Douglas Melville .... plate coordinator: R!OT
Kanae Morton .... roto/paint: R!OT
Marla Neto .... vfx production assistant: R!OT
Hiroyuki Okubo .... fx: R!OT
Mitch Paulson .... second digital colorist: EFILM
Lauren Ritchie .... executive in charge of visual effects
Cat Rowe .... digital colorist assist
Steven J. Scott .... supervising digital colorist
Daphne Simone .... compositor
Brad Smith .... render I/O administrator
Mai Suzuki .... roto/dustbust: R!OT
Robert Tatum .... roto/paint: R!OT
Ben Taylor .... render i/o coordinator
Cecile Tecson .... roto/paint: R!OT (as Cecile F. Tecson)
Will Telford .... digital effects supervisor: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Alexander Tirasongkran .... tracking & integration: R!OT
Zachary Tucker .... previsualisation: R!OT
Cary Welton .... roto/paint: R!OT (as Cary B. Welton)
Shane Christopher Wicklund .... roto artist: R!OT
Andy Wilkoff .... CG supervisor: R!OT (as Andrew Wilkoff)
Ned Wilson .... compositor: Riot
Chris LeDoux .... compositor: R!OT (uncredited)
Shuichi Suzuki .... cg modeler (uncredited)
Brittney Banks .... utility stunts
Matt Birman .... stunt performer
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunts
Flint Eagle .... stunt driver
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator: Chicago
Steve Lucescu .... stunt driver
Regan Moore .... stunt performer
Layton Morrison .... assistant stunt coordinator
Layton Morrison .... stunts
Billy Oliver .... stunt rigger
Steve 'Shack' Shackleton .... stunt rigger
Craig Snoyer .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... fight coordinator
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Anderson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mongo Andrews .... key rigging grip
Sean Bourdeau .... assistant key grip
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Kevin Boyd .... key video assist: Chicago
Rocky Brown .... daily rigging grip
Alex Dawes .... rigging electric best boy
Sean Dawes .... electric
Andy Day .... gaffer: Chicago
Richard Emerson .... key grip
Candide Franklyn .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gomez .... rigging electrician: Chicago
Charlie Grubbs .... rigging gaffer: location
Michael Hall .... camera operator: "b" camera
Thomas Lappin .... camera operator
Matthew LeCrone .... electrician
Richard D. Leko .... daily electric
Richard D. Leko .... daily grip
Kara MacLean .... camera assistant trainee
Sean Marjoram .... daily electrician
Alan Markfield .... still photographer
Blake E. Matthys .... rigging electrician: Chicago
Robert McLachlan .... additional cinematographer
Donna McLain .... electrician
Anthony Nocera .... digital video assist operator
Keith Pokorski .... first assistant camera: Chicago
Tracy Shaw .... assistant key rigging grip
Darren Spriet .... camera loader
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera
John Vrakking .... rigging grip
Stephen Chandler Whitehead .... remote head technician
Ian C. Harris .... additional rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jeff Tomcho .... camera loader: Chicago (uncredited)
Animation Department
Jonathan Wolfe .... main title animator
Casting Department
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate
Darlene R. Hunt .... extras casting
Rachel Komar .... extras casting
Erin Toner .... casting associate
Lisa Zagoria .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Buck .... wardrobe supervisor
Stella Cottini .... key costumer
Laura Kaminski .... set costumer
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter
Kathleen Meade .... costume supervisor
Virginia Lise Melin .... costume production assistant
Robyn Rosenberg .... costume truck supervisor
Nadia 'Sunny' Sorge .... wardrobe assistant
Stevie Baker .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Betty Burkhart .... post-production coordinator
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Beth Dewey .... digital intermediate producer
Matt Diezel .... additional editor
Ashleigh Falls .... post-production assistant
Bernie E. Gomez .... post-production assistant (as Bernie Gomez)
Mary Juric .... post-production assistant
Aaron Marshall .... first assistant editor
Cam McLauchlin .... assistant editor: avid dailies
Robert E. Phillips .... digital intermediate assistant producer
John Potter .... high definition preview timer
Jennifer Stellema .... second assistant editor: avid
Bronwyn Waddington .... visual effects editor
Music Department
Bob Bowen .... music supervisor
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Richard Ford .... music editor
Brad Haehnel .... score mixer
Oliver Hug .... assistant music editor
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring mixer
Rouble Kapoor .... assistant score mixer
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Andrew Shulman .... musician
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Patrick Spain .... assistant scoring engineer
Amritha Vaz .... music assistant (as Amritha Fernandes Bakshi)
Gina Zimmitti .... music contractor
Transportation Department
James Beaudrow .... utility driver
Jeff Bell .... transportation captain
Gord Bettles .... picture car mechanic
Bill Boyd .... picture car coordinator
Emily Halfon .... transportation office coordinator
Dana Howes .... transportation coordinator
Wayne Ireland .... transportation co-captain
Brian C. Pawlowski .... transportation manager
Regina Petrik .... daily driver
Dave Wilson .... picture car co-captain
Ian C. Harris .... daily driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Camrin Agin .... production attorney (as Camrin Crisci)
Assata Amoaku .... craft service
Krystin Auriemma .... production assistant
Lynell Bangs .... production accountant
Laurel Beck .... production assistant
Bentley Gurparm Brar .... independent auditor
Laurel Bresnahan .... studio teacher
Michael Buster .... dialect coach: Eric Bana
Elspeth Cassar .... production coordinator
Christopher Comrie .... payroll accountant
George Constas .... location assistant
Don Cornelius .... location manager
Brandan Dennehy .... production assistant
Jessica Doran .... set medic
Ashleigh Falls .... adr loop group
James Fraser .... production coordinator
Jen Gasson .... assistant: Mr. Bana
Corey Gibbons .... key set production assistant: Chicago
Ian Gibson .... production assistant
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Carrie Goodman .... assistant location manager: Chicago
Steven Guerry .... assistant: Mr. Wechsler
Christine Harwart .... stand-in
Callie Hersheway .... office production assistant: Chicago
Cynthia Hiley .... production secretary: reshoots
Bill Hong .... insert car operator
A.J. Hordal .... assistant location manager
Ryan Hupponen .... production secretary
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... movement coach
Patricia Johnson .... unit publicist
Stephen Khalla .... daily location assistant
Holly Lee .... assistant: Mr. Bana, Chicago
Helaine Lembeck .... adr loop group
Eric Macmillan .... set medic coordinator
Keara Maive .... stand-in: Alba - age 9
Emma McCarthy .... payroll clerk
Abi McKenzie .... stand-in
Adam Meaden .... location production assistant: daily
Dusty Mitchell .... photo double: Eric Bana
Patrick Muldoon .... location manager
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Mr. Greene
Heidi Brook Myers .... adr loop group
Julie Ng .... epk producer
Pete Nilson .... on-set caterer
Margaret J. Orlando .... production coordinator: Chicago
Deb K. Oyer .... production coordinator: Chicago
Nicholas Pappas .... business & legal affairs
Scott Parker .... post-production accountant
Jonathan Pencharz .... assistant production coordinator
John Quilico .... set production assistant
Nick Rafferty .... assistant location manager: Chicago
John Rakich .... assistant location manager: reshoots
Graham Roche .... office production assistant
Paul Ruffolo .... key set production assistant: Chicago
Tracey Savein .... location scout
Mallory Squeo .... additional production assistant
Joe Steele .... production resources
Helen Stergiou .... payroll: second unit
Stephanie Stonley .... second assistant accountant
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Rebecca Sweetman .... assistant: Ms. McAdams
Michael Taylor .... post production executive
Ashley Tener .... assistant: Ms. Gardner
Elizabeth Tremblay .... script supervisor
Carly Weiner .... assistant: Mr. Bana
Claire Wiegand .... production assistant
Amy Wright .... choreographer
Anna Zenner .... set production assistant: Chicago
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Nicholas Jamison .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jesse Korosi .... playback editor (uncredited)
David J. Phillips .... vfx double: Eric Bana (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Adrien Brody was the author's first choice for Henry while Lauren Ambrose was her choice for Clare.See more »
Continuity: When Henry sits with his mother on the train she is reading "The Chicago Tribune" yet when she goes to turn the page, the banner on the inside of her paper reads "The Washington Post".See more »
[first lines]
Henry at Six:[giving up] I can't sing.
Annette DeTamble:That was fine, Henry.
Henry at Six:I can't sing like you.
Annette DeTamble:Of course not. You're supposed to sing like you.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Love Beyond Words (2010) (V)See more »
Love Will Tear Us ApartSee more »


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56 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Terrific performances and chemistry from Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana keep the movie afloat, 16 August 2009
Author: TcH3rNo from United States

The Time Traveler's Wife is a romantic drama directed by Robert Schwentke, adapted from Audrey Niffenegger's bestseller of the same name. Adapting a novel with complex elements and undertones to the silver screen is a daunting task and director Robert Schwentke struggled to compromise between satisfying readers of the novel and making the movie accessible to people unfamiliar with the book. Overall, the movie has some significant directing and screen writing flaws but does make for an unpretentious and above-average romantic tragedy thanks to its two compelling leads.

Sypnosis: The Time Traveler's Wife is the time-defying love story of Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) and Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams). Henry is a librarian afflicted with a genetic disease that causes him to travel through time more or less randomly. Henry's random and unpredictable escapades are often dangerous, terrifying and sometimes life-threatening ordeals because he ends up buck-naked and starving in unknown places and times. For those reasons, Henry keeps himself in top physical shape and taught "himself" all type of survival skills such as pick-pocketing, street fighting, or picking locks. After a random while, he always goes back to his "present" but is largely unable to affect his future. At age 28, he meets 20-yr old Clare Abshire. He doesn't know her but she has known him since she was 6 and has been waiting for him all her life and will do so the rest of her life...

The main weaknesses of the movie can be traced back to trying to fit the book into 107 minutes. Director Robert Schwentke and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin appeared a bit over-matched and took the path of least resistance, oversimplifying the plot and characters. The book was a bit confusing at times because of its particular narrative structure and the movie inherits the same problem. Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin made some compromises to keep the movie from becoming excessively long or inaccessible to its PG-13 audience. The main events and characters of the book were translated to the big screen although non-essential characters such as Kimi or Ingrid were completely omitted and the ending was slightly altered (and I liked it). The supporting characters are a mere passing thoughts, the key relationship between Clare and Gomez is one-dimensional. Even the two main characters, Henry and Clare, are under-developed. Ideally, the direction of the movie should have been given to a director with better credentials, and the movie extended up to 140 minutes to develop the characters fully and take advantage of the terrific cast.

Despite those shortcomings, The Time Traveler's Wife is one of those movies you can't help but like. It is at heart a simple star-crossed love story with a refreshing sci-fi twist that touches on universal themes such as fate/free will, true love, and loss. A story that focused on the depth of the characters' love, not its showiness. Their will to move forward and enjoy every minute they have with each other before Henry's impending fate. This meant more close-up shots and a deeper and more realistic exploration of what it means to be Henry and Clare. The movie succeeds in moving the audience thanks in big part to moving performances from the two leads, who surrendered themselves fully to the premise of the novel.

The Time Traveler's Wife features the graceful Rachel McAdams as the title character. Most will have missed her terrific performance in the 2008 indie the Lucky Ones and this puts her back on the radar for mainstream audiences. Beside matching the description of Clare in the book, McAdams has an unusual ability to make her characters feel real against all odds. Overcoming an underwritten character, she carries the emotional weight of the movie and was luminous portraying Clare's spirit and unyielding love for Henry's despite being riddled with some terrible lines once again. Will someone give Rachel McAdams a meatier role for God's sake??? Eric Bana was a big surprise, exceeding my expectations and making for a very solid Henry. Although he does not fit the physical description of the book (Henry is more runner than football player) Bana's Henry was tormented, introverted, poignant, and more importantly, had considerable chemistry with his co-star. The only issue I had was that Henry was mostly a one-note character. The supporting cast was solid albeit given very little opportunity to be memorable. Gomez (Ron Livingstone) was a pivotal character in the book but merely a passing thought in the movie. Jane McLean as Charisse, Arliss Howard as Henry's father, Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Kendrick all did a fine job with the small parts they had.

The cinematography has a beautiful stark and cold quality to it which reinforce the tragic nature of the movie. The movie was beautifully shot by Florian Ballhaus and is the strongest attribute of the movie behind its leads. The crafty camera-work using motion and placement selection gave a particular tone to his scenes and Schwentke used that to his advantage in the film, giving the movie a light touch of fantasy. He created a nice immersing atmosphere that really highlighted Clare and Henry's impending fate. The CGI effects of Henry's time traveling are unspectacular but first rate while the overused musical score was melancholic, adding to the tragic tone of the movie.

Enjoy the Time Traveler's Wife for what it is: an endearing love story with an unusual sci-fi premise. It may not be exactly like the book, it may have been darker and heavier on the sci-fi, and it may have been so much more with better direction. Even so, the premise of the story, and the perfectly-cast leads make this movie well-worth the ride and will keep your imagination lingering long afterward.

B+: Boasting terrific performances and chemistry from Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, the Time Traveler's Wife has some flaws but is a charming, endearing and bittersweet romantic drama nonetheless.

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