Time Out of Mind (2014 film)

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Time Out of Mind
Time Out of Mind (2014 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Oren Moverman
Produced by
Screenplay by Oren Moverman
Story by
  • Jeffrey Caine
  • Oren Moverman
Cinematography Bobby Bukowski
Edited by Alex Hall
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
  • September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07) (TIFF)
  • September 11, 2015 (2015-09-11) (United States)
Running time
121 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $152,121[2]

Time Out of Mind is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Oren Moverman and starring Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Ben Vereen, Kyra Sedgwick, and Steve Buscemi. It was released on September 11, 2015, by IFC Films.


Set in the urban cacophony of New York, the story begins with the mild-mannered but confused George (Gere) being thrown out from an apartment by Art (Buscemi). Later viewers find out this apartment was not his, but rented to an evicted acquaintance, whom he calls "Sheila" (Sedgwick). From the start, George is indigent; he claims that someone has stolen his wallet. One can only guess he'd been living on the edge for a while. Several attempted telephone calls yield no help, and George is forced to sleep on the streets.

At one point, seeking warmth, he sits at a public hospital emergency room where he is approached by staff nurse Maire (Hughes) who treats him with compassion. Up until shortly before the end of the film, he is denying to others and himself that he is homeless, George pawns his belongings to buy liquor, later only beer. He eventually gets a bed at a homeless shelter, where he befriends the mentally unstable but friendly Dixon (Vereen).

Dixon keeps George company as the latter goes through the trials of applying for public benefits. His eventual meeting with the advocate Laura (Datz) leads to more self-realizations about the help he needs. Seeking reconciliation with his estranged daughter Maggie (Malone), his vulnerability is palpable. He appears "guiltily obsessed with somehow reconnecting with her." Throughout the story, as George's character and background become more evident, he also becomes increasingly anhedonic; the only moments of joy seem to be when he enjoys an occasional six-pack. The story ends with George reaching out to Maggie in hopes for forgiveness and support.



On January 29, 2014, the film was announced, with filming set to begin in March 2014.[3]


The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014.[4] On October 20, 2014, IFC Films acquired distribution rights to the film.[5] The film was released on September 11, 2015, by IFC Films.[2]


Time Out of Mind received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 79%, based on 85 reviews, with a rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Time Out of Mind demands patience, yet its noble intentions -- and Richard Gere's committed performance -- are difficult to deny."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 75 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice gave the film a positive review, saying "Time Out of Mind is an experiment in empathy, an examination of bureaucracy and streetlife mundanity, and a movie that many will find a tough sit."[8] Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily News gave the film five out of five stars, saying "Never less than powerful. Without sentimentality or gloss, it illuminates a part of city life that far too often is lost in the shadows."[9] Lou Lumenick of the New York Post gave the film two out of five stars, saying "While Gere is very good in Time Out of Mind, he doesn't have the kind of character arc or bravura scene necessary to put over this very well-meaning drama - which is too often content to preach to the choir on an important social issue."[10] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three and a half stars out of four, saying "Gere, who has shockingly never been nominated for an Oscar, is intuitive and indelible. Maybe it's naive to think a movie like this can heighten our awareness, even change things. So what. Godspeed."[11] Rex Reed of The New York Observer gave the film three out of four stars, saying "Time Out of Mind is not sentimental or overly plotted. It's just a sober, emotionally direct film of subtle observance on the road to Hell."[12]

David Lewis of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It's memorable in the sense that it has an unsettling and disorienting and even educational effect, yet as a work of drama, it's often an exercise in drudgery."[13] Ella Taylor of NPR gave the film a positive review, saying "Gere is extraordinary here, and it says something about his disciplined, inward-facing performance, and about the movie's subtle visual strategies, that he's in almost every frame of Time Out of Mind, but only rarely at the center of it."[14] Devan Coggan of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B, saying "Even though Time Out Of Mind's two-hour run time can be tough to sit through, Gere gives a subtle, layered performance as a man barely existing on the edges of society."[15] A. O. Scott of The New York Times gave the film a positive review, saying "This movie's best and truest quality may be its wandering, episodic rhythm, which is intriguing in its own right and reflects the experience of the main character."[16]


  1. ^ "TIME OUT OF MIND (15)". British Board of Film Classification. February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Time Out of Mind (2015)". Box Office Mojo. 2015-10-25. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  3. ^ Kevin Jagernauth (29 January 2014). "Oren Moverman To Direct Time Out Of Mind Starring Richard Gere". The Playlist. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Toronto Film Review: Time Out of Mind". Variety. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  5. ^ The Deadline Team. "Richard Gere Starrer Time Out Of Mind Nabbed By IFC Films". Deadline. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Time Out Of Mind (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  7. ^ "Time Out of Mind Reviews". Metacritic. 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  8. ^ Scherstuhl, Alan (2015-09-08). "Town Without Pity: Richard Gere Goes Homeless and Dares You to Watch". Village Voice. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  9. ^ "'Time Out of Mind' review: Richard Gere, Ben Vereen in class". NY Daily News. 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  10. ^ Lumenick, Lou (2015-09-08). "Richard Gere is terrific as a homeless Manhattanite in 'Time Out of Mind'". Nypost.com. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  11. ^ Travers, Peter (2015-09-09). "'Time Out of Mind' Movie Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  12. ^ Rex Reed (2015-09-08). "Richard Gere Rediscovers His Mojo In 'Time Out of Mind'". Observer. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  13. ^ Lewis, David (2015-09-09). "'Time Out of Mind' can't solve the problem of homelessness". SFGate. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  14. ^ Ella Taylor (2015-09-10). "Richard Gere Shines In The Bleak 'Time Out Of Mind'". NPR. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  15. ^ Coggan, Devan (2015-09-15). "'Time Out Of Mind': EW review". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  16. ^ Scott, A. O. (2015-09-08). "Review: Richard Gere in 'Time Out of Mind,' a Life Adrift on the Margins". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-10-30.

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