Picks and Pans Review: Somewhere in Time

updated 11/17/1980 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/1980 01:00AM

Somewhere in time there may have been a place for movies like this one. But not here, not now. To be fair, the story, while preposterous, has some charm. (It was adapted from his novel Bid Time Return by sci-fi veteran Richard Matheson, who earlier wrote The Incredible Shrinking Man.) While seeking inspiration for a new drama, a young playwright (Christopher Reeve) falls hopelessly in love with a picture of a turn-of-the-century actress (Jane Seymour) and wills himself back in time to find her. Most of the film is shot at the splendid old Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island. The setting and Seymour are entrancing. Reeve spends much of his screen time awkwardly carrying on conversations with himself. Perhaps the fault lies with director Jeannot Szwarc who, if his previous credits (Bug and Jaws 2) are any indication, has more experience handling lower forms of life than actors. (PG)

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