From Time to Time
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Thirteen year-old Tolly Oldknow (Alex Etel) is sent to spend Christmas with his grandmother (Maggie Smith, Harry Potter). In the old house, he becomes a witness to ghostly events from the past and is somehow able to move among these spirits primarily unseen. Traveling back and forth in time, Tolly begins to unravel the mystery which has bewildered his family for two centuries. The solution to the puzzle leads him into his greatest adventure yet….From the creator/writer of Downton Abbey; also stars (Timothy Spall, Harry Potter) and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 7
- Fresh: 3
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The biggest problem standing in the way of the film's success is that it is neither a full-on family film nor a grown up drama - and the ending is both sombre and flat.
From Time to Time: Nice Family Film!
This movie is a coming of age story and also a ghost story, but mostly it is about discovering who you are based on finding out about those who came before you. I liked the relationship that the boy had with his grandmother (the great and wonderful actress Maggie Smith) and the plot development, despite the critic reviews.
It might seem pretty farfetched, but it was an enjoyable family movie and the scenery was fantastic.
Good for both parents and kids
The acting is great and the story is really interesting. An engrossing mystery is gradually solved by a boy, with help from his grandmother (the fantastic Maggie Smith), and there are good lessons about racism, bullying, and the importance of family. This is a good family movie for kids older than about 8 years old. There are ghosts, but they are not terribly scary. A few scenes, such as a burning building, might be frightening to very young children, and the ending is fairly sad. But overall I do recommend this movie. It is interesting for both kids and parents.