Somewhere in Time
Somewhere in Time (1980)

Christopher Reeve got away from Superman and related costume roles in this dramatic fantasy film, adapted from Richard Matheson's 1960s vintage novel Bid Time Return. A young playwright, Richard Collier (Reeve), is approached by an… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 3, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 19, 1998
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie surrounds its love story with such boring mumbo jumbo about time travel that we finally just don't care.

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Grant Kempster

Funny, smart, touching and, did we mention romantic? Somewhere in Time is a masterclass in acting, writing and emotive cinema. Required viewing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Director Jeannot Szwarc strains hard for spectacular visual effects, though he's barely able to compose a competent close-up.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The [Grand H]otel and Mackinac [Island] are spectacularly lovely, but fail to give substance to this ephemeral endeavor.

Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

I understand why this movie has a respectable cult following. I get the appeal. I only wish the movie would have followed through with its promising premise all the way. I didn't dislike it, but was a little letdown.

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Time Out

This must go down as a missed opportunity.

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Kenneth Turan
New West

Sloppy where it should be sure, crudely drawn where it should be sensitive, careless around the edges with extraneous bits of business, the film takes the audience's complicity for granted and loses its grasp in the process.

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TV Guide

Jeannot Szwarc does well in the director's chair, and Jean-Pierre Dorleac (brother of Francoise) deserves special commendation for his costumes. But Seymour is given too little to do, and Reeve does too much.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Okay, I can relate to women of 1980 who were looking for something romantic to cling to. Still, I cannot be remiss if I didn't also ask them why the hell… More
A.D. Villarreal
One of the very select few romantic dramas that I not only admit to liking but is also one of my favorite (non-horror) films of all time.
Jay Hutchinson
I expected to enjoy this film quite a bit. Along with "When Harry Met Sally," which I highly enjoyed, this ranks up with my dad's favorite… More
Red Lats
Ho hum. Christopher Reeve travels back in time by wishing and knows he will fall in love with Jane Seymour. Too much of a chick flick - and I normally… More
Aj V
An interesting time travel story, a bit far fetched, but interesting. Reeves is good in this movie, and it's pretty romantic too, so I enjoyed it.
Stefanie C
an average romance, with its only distinction being time travel.