This Time (film)

This Time is a 2016 Philippine romantic drama film directed by Nuel Crisostomo Naval, starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre. The film was loosely based on the Wattpad novel That One Summer by Aly Almario.[3][4] It was released on May 4, 2016 by Viva Films and Star Cinema. and made ₱15 million pesos on its first opening day of showing.[5][6]

This Time
Directed byNuel Crisostomo Naval
Produced byVic del Rosario Jr.
Written byMel Mendoza-del Rosario and Wenn V. Deramas
Based onThat One Summer
by Alyloony
Music byJesse Lucas
CinematographyAnne Monzon
Edited byMarya Ignacio
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
  • May 4, 2016 (2016-05-04)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
Box office₱100 million (est.)[2]


Coby Martinez (James Reid) and Ava Buhay (Nadine Lustre) are childhood friends who only see each other every summer. Their friendship blossomed into a romance; however, they have yet to put a label on it. When Ava enters college she struggled with continuing her unclear relationship with Coby. She has met a new friend in Aldrin which made Coby reflect on the value of Ava in his life and their relationship.[7][8]


James Reid portrays Coby Martinez.

Additional characters were also cast–including Lance Lucido as Emmanuel Buhay and Jelson Bay as the Cornetto Ice Cream Cart driver. Jerry O'Hara, Peewee O'Hara, Karla Pambid, and Rein Gutierrez as Coby's best friend were cast with an uncredited role.


Box officeEdit

This Time garnered PHP 15 million on its opening day.[9] The film's production company never released publicly its official final gross, but a website called Spikedaily, posted in their article that the film's gross is estimated PHP 100 million.[2]

Critical ResponseEdit

This Time received lukewarm reviews from critics. Oggs Cruz of Rappler called the film "entertaining but lacking". He gave credit to screenwriter Mel Mendoza del Rosario by saying that "the film has some really comforting charms, owing largely to Mel Mendoza-del Rosario's ability to craft a screenplay that unabashedly adheres to a romantic formula that clearly works." He also commented on Naval's direction, saying that the director "realizes the story with a quaint understanding of both the mechanics of romance and the expectations of his market, resulting in a film that can be best described as a triumph of perfected mediocrity and levelled expectations."[10]

Philbery Dy of Click The City, criticized the film for its "fuzzy narrative structure" which cause the movie to "lose emotional cohesion". He further said, "The treatment as a whole is kind of a mess, the direction pulling the movie in several different directions. It is best as a low-key romantic drama, focusing on the small moments of connection between the leads. As a comedy, it feels unsure of its approach. It throws a lot in there: loud parents, sassy friends, overwrought laugh lines, and at certain points, animated overlays that mimic the effect of Snapchat filters. It all feels terribly messy, and it takes away from the main attraction." However, he praised the chemistry of the lead stars, saying that "James Reid and Nadine Lustre look more and more comfortable on screen together, and their familiarity with each other offers a shade of realism that cuts through the awful artificiality of the rest of the film."[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "This Time (2016 film) – running time". IMDb. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "This Time – Box Office Results Total Gross Income". Spike Daily. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "James Reid, Nadine Lustre upcoming film 'This Time'". Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ "James Reid & Nadine Lustre Working on a New Movie to be Release After Holy Week". Philippine News. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  5. ^ "JaDine movie 'This Time' trailer released". Rappler. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  6. ^ ""This Time" Starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre Earns 10 Million on Opening Day". Philippine News. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
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  9. ^ "JaDine's 'This Time' grabs P15M in debut". ABS-CBN Corporation News. ABS-CBN Corporation. Event occurs at 5:22 PM. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  10. ^ Cruz, Oggs (May 4, 2016). "'This Time' review: Entertaining but lacking". Rappler.
  11. ^ Dy, Philbert (May 5, 2016). "'This Time' Overcrowds the Romance". Click The City.

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