The Time Traveler's Wife

August 14th, 2009

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The Time Traveler's Wife

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.0/10 (46,576 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Robert Schwentke

Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveller, but she she knows much more than this about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have met before. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences time travelling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare.

Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Audrey Niffenegger

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


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 14 August 2009

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,623,171 (USA) (16 August 2009) (2988 Screens)

Gross: $63,414,846 (USA) (3 December 2009)

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Did You Know?

During the final meadow scene, after Henry disappears, Alba bends down to pick up his discarded brown loafers. This is a reference to the cover art of one edition of the book, which features a young girl (visible only from mid-leg down) standing next to a brown pair of loafers in a field.

Errors in geography: The movie is set in Chicago, Illinois in United States of America, but in the scene where Henry disappears and after we see Clare cleaning up the plate he dropped, you see him crossing the street and there is a Canadian flag flying on top of a building in the background.

[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.

User Review

It's about life long metaphors, not the science.

Rating: 8/10

Something I often find bothersome in 'time travel fiction' is that there is usually a large chunk of the storytelling dedicated to the tedium of explaining 'how' time travel works, particularly when time travel is merely a device to aid the storytelling. We don't really need to know the science behind it because, simply put, science can neither logically explain its paradoxical nature, nor prove or dispute its possibility. "The Time Traveler's Wife" never makes pretenses to the science behind it, rather it centers its focus on the story.

At the heart of this film is a love story and the complexities that people bring to their relationships. What I liked most was its metaphorical allusion to the distance in relationships and how the important people in our lives stay with us even after they are gone. The scenes between Henry and young Clare were especially moving because they took literally the notion of feeling like you have known someone your whole life. It's kind of like when you share stories from your past with friends and significant others, retelling them time and again until your experiences are indistinguishable from theirs, except in the case of Henry and Clare, the experiences are real if not linear.

Just go and watch it. Decide for yourself if you like it. Just don't dwell too much on the technicalities. After all, Scientific Theorists have been slamming their heads against the wall on the matter of time travel for centuries. Take the story for what it is and enjoy the ride.

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