A Wrinkle in Time 3D

Meg (Storm Reid, Sleight), her brother and a friend are sent into space to find their scientist father in the Disney adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 sci-fi novel. Cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Zach Galifianakis and Oprah Winfrey.



Directed by

Written by

  • Jennifer Lee
  • (based on the novel of the same name by Madeleine L'Engle)


Walt Disney Pictures

Adventure, Kids & Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction, 3D, Blockbuster


Rating: PG Mild fantasy themes and sense of peril


Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel is a sprawling fantasy, encouraging young readers to use their imaginations and embrace individualism. Trying to squeeze the whole book into just under two hours of gaudy CGI results in an experience not dissimilar from Spielberg’s Ready Player One, wherein the whole thing looks and feels more like a video-game clip than a movie.

Director Ava DuVernay goes wholeheartedly for the kids audience, keeping the focus largely on young heroine Meg (Storm Reid) and her quest for self-worth as she searches the universe for her missing physicist father (Chris Pine), aided by young-crush Calvin, and her genius brother, Charles. Helping the kids are three ancient beings, Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Who (Mindy Kaling) and towering above them all (literally), Which (played by Oprah Winfrey and some enormous eyebrows).

From the expositional speechifying to the underwhelming CGI, this is an earnest muddle of a movie, shifting tone almost as often as Oprah changes eyebrows. There are engaging moments along the way, as DuVernay fleshes out Meg’s insecurities, and it’s great to see a multicultural cast, but like the CGI-heavy Alice In Wonderland movies, the novel’s appeal to the imagination is undermined by a kaleidoscope of pixelated planet-hopping pandemonium.

As an undemanding, cheery children’s movie it entertains, and the acting is fine all-round, but fans of the book risk disappointment on a grand scale. 



Let me put a more positive spin on a negative review. The book is still out there for everyone to read: Please do so.

New Yorker


Ava DuVernay's film adaptation of it catches the sense of exhilaration and wonder that arises from the story's elements of fantasy.



A profoundly satisfying, imaginative and beautiful 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.

Rolling Stone


Every generation gets The NeverEnding Story it deserves. This one may very well be ours.

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 Guardian (UK)


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.

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.

Variety (USA)


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.

Narrative Muse (New Zealand)


Sparkles with fresh life and girl power.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)


A smart, funny, spectacular and deftly done film.