Needle in a Timestack

critic Reviews

, 36% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Despite a nifty premise and some talented stars, Needle in a Timestack is too slack and diffuse to recommend searching for.
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    Bilge EbiriSpirituality & Health
    Needle in a Timestack is a convoluted, unconvincing romantic sci-fi drama, but it does raise some fascinating questions.
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    Roxana HadadiPolygon
    "Why are men?" seems like a provocative question, but it's an incredibly reasonable response to John Ridley's sci-fi romance Needle in a Timestack.
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    Andrea ThompsonInverse
    What makes Needle in a Timestack unique is its care and compassion towards each character.
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    Jude DryindieWire
    The weirdest part about "Needle in a Timestack," more than the unnecessary focus on time-traveling liquid or Tommy's struggle to find genuine friends as a rich white guy, are its uber-conventional musings about love and relationships.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    The A-list cast gives this their all, but there's no sense of wonder, magic or passion to be found...
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It never feels like anybody is passionate about each other in this movie, and the time-traveling is really just a tool to play off these stories. So it doesn't really work on either level.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Looking for a needle in a haystack is more fun than watching Needle in a Timestack. This excruciatingly dull movie tries to have a 'musical chairs' approach to romance, but it's ultimately a time-wasting bore with nothing to say.
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    Carla RenataThe Curvy Film Critic
    Time Travel. Romance and strong performances from Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr. in this John Ridley directed sci-fi flick is interestingly thought provoking.
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    Russ SimmonsKKFI-FM (Kansas City)
    The herky-jerky narrative structure makes one suspect that this one was done in by someone's misguided editing room tinkering.
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    Sandie Angulo ChenCommon Sense Media
    Writer-director John Ridley's time-travel romance underwhelms despite a promising premise, talented leads, and interesting source material.
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