‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Receiving Mixed to Poor Reviews

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The first reviews for Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time have been arriving, and it’s not looking great. 

To be clear, it isn’t horrible either, but the current general consensus is suggesting an underwhelming critical reception for the highly anticipated new film from director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th). Many critics commend the film’s ambition and overall positive message, but have problems with the saccharine elements and narrative issues.

Featuring a cast that includes Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Peña, A Wrinkle in Time follows a young girl who is sent by three peculiar beings through time and space to find her missing scientist father.

Here’s a glimpse at what some of the reviews are saying…

Dark Horizons:

The crushing flaw of A Wrinkle In Time: Almost every scene is so saturated with clumsily delivered ‘believe in yourself’ mantras that it becomes monotonous, meaningless and even creepy.


A Wrinkle in Time is a sappy melodrama, devoid of mystery or wonder. Director Ava DuVernay beats positivity in with a sledgehammer.

Vanity Fair:

Maybe A Wrinkle in Time will sufficiently captivate kids, in which case it’s mostly done its job. My old eyes were mostly tired.

Chicago Sun-Times:

For all its scenes of characters flying and soaring and zooming here and there, it never really takes off.

The Guardian:

The film has the feel of a iPad video pawned off on a toddler so Dad can make comforting mac and cheese – here’s a bite-sized lesson about loving yourself and a jumble of pretty colours.

The Hollywood Reporter:

Only the faintest glimmers of genuine, earned emotion pierce through the layers of intense calculation that encumber Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time.


A Wrinkle in Time is wildly uneven, weirdly suspenseless, and tonally all over the place, relying on wall-to-wall music to supply the missing emotional connection and trowel over huge plot holes.

So yeah, quite a few negative reviews making the rounds. But, it’s not all bad news. A number of critics warmed to the film…

New York Times:

Fans of the book and admirers of Ms. DuVernay’s work — I include myself in both groups — can breathe a sigh of relief, and some may also find that their breath has been taken away.


DuVernay handles the aesthetics of her blockbuster debut with confidence and flair, making the heavy-lifting of worldbuilding seem effortless, even if the same can’t be said for the uneven pacing.

The Los Angeles Times:

By turns gorgeous, propulsive and feverishly overwrought, A Wrinkle in Time is an otherworldly glitter explosion of a movie, the kind of picture that wears its heart on its tie-dyed sleeve.

The Wrap:

Awash in bold colors, bright patterns and ebullient kids, director Ava DuVernay’s new take on A Wrinkle in Time dazzles its way across time and space even if it doesn’t quite stick the landing.

A Wrinkle in Time hits U.S. cinemas on March 9 and Australian cinemas on March 22.

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