The Map of Tiny Perfect Things Review: Amazon Prime Video’s Time Loop Romance Is An Utter Delight

The Illuminerdi's review for the Amazon Prime Video original time loop romance, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

Our review for Amazon Prime Video’s The Map of Tiny Perfect Things.

While we haven’t got a lot of new movies last year there were still some highlights. Palm Springs, a time loop comedy starring Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Cristin Millioti (How I Met Your Mother), set the record for the biggest sale in Sundance history, which just was been broken a few days ago when Apple bought the Sundance Film Festival movie, Coda. The comedy ended up being an audience and critic favorite and hit many “Top Ten Movies of 2020” lists. Now Amazon Prime Video has an answer for that, but this time it’s a time loop romance for teens.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is an utter delight. It’s fun to watch Kyle Allen’s Mark mastering the entire day with such ease, catching fallen cups, saving a person who is about to be hit by a beach ball, or telling a stranger the way even though they didn’t even ask, because he has lived through this day for quite some time. Allen and Newton bring a lot of charm to their roles and they are the only reason why you are rooting for the characters. As they are both unfortunately written as one-dimensional caricatures, that give you just enough information about them to make the screenplay work.


It does have some problems, especially in the screenplay, but that isn’t something new in the genre. The question is how to escape this time loop, which has always been a bit random in most of the movies in this genre, so it’s easy to overlook.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

With it’s compact runtime of 98 minutes and two charming leads, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things delivers some fun scenarios and interactions in an overall utterly delightful watch.


The Map of Tiny Perfect Things poster

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things Official Synopsis

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things tells the story of quick-witted teen Mark, contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world is turned upside-down when he meets a mysterious Margaret also stuck in the time loop. Mark and Margaret form a magnetic partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect. What follows is a love story with a fantastical twist, as the two struggle to figure out how – and whether – to escape their never-ending day. (Amazon Prime Video)

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some teen drinking and sexual references and will be globally available on Amazon Prime Video February 12, 2021. It’s based on the short story by Lev Grossman, who also wrote the screenplay and was directed by Ian Samuels. It stars: Kathryn Newton, Kyle Allen and Jermaine Harris.

What do you guys think? Are you planning to watch The Map of Tiny Perfect Things? Have you see it already, if so how did you like it? Let’s discuss everything in the comments down below and on our Twitter.



Finn Schlote

Finn Schlote

Finn thinks and talks about movies all day, has a strong interest in how movies are made and he loves great cinematography. Comedy or horror, arthouse or big-budget blockbuster, Finn watches everything. He is a passionate Blu-Ray collector and is still waiting for a Jumper (2008) sequel.