The House with a Clock in Its Walls

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Jack Black and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett lead this family-friendly spook house feature from Amblin Entertainment, following a young orphan who goes to live with his uncle in his mysterious mansion.

The film is based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey. Responsible for adult-only horrors like Hostel and The Green Inferno, this is director Eli Roth's first film appropriate for youngsters.

2018Rating: PG, Violence & scary scenes104 minsUSA
Kids & FamilyFantasyMysteryBlockbuster
85%
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Reviews & comments

a strange tale with a darker underbelly.

I enjoyed this film, its kinda quirky for a kids flick which I like with darker thread through it which my daughter found a bit scary (shes 9) so I'd say don't go with very young children. It's not especially unique in plot but it just tickles my quirky funny bone that I liked it I just felt like there wasn't enough plot. Perhaps the book might have more...

3.0
0

Tick Tock Kaboom

This is a lack lustre affair. The magic is so unbelievable - its more special effect magic than believable magic. Story was ok, characters one dimensional. In places it was very heavy going.

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Roth adapts his skills quite nicely to this project's PG rating, delivering minor jolts where appropriate, and leaning on "Goosebumps" star Jack Black to leaven things with comedy throughout.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

An engaging new direction for Eli Roth, who offsets the odd tonal hiccup with plenty of ghoulish delights.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

No film in which Cate Blanchett head-butts a vivified jack-o'-lantern could be entirely without merit.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A celebration of the weird, this is a movie Robert Rodriguez or Tim Burton would be proud of. Former horror enfant terrible Roth may have just found his new calling.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Despite a fantastical premise and some truly eye-popping effects, The House With A Clock In Its Walls suffers from post-Potter fatigue; there's simply nothing here, visual or thematic, that hasn't been done before.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

At his best, Roth plunders elements from countless other tales of supernatural spookery... and nudges them eerily close to genuine enchantment.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It largely succeeds, buoyed by Black's typical exuberance, Blanchett's typical slyness and a richly evocative rendering of a Rockwellian suburb sprinkled with goofer dust.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...an incredibly entertaining, if derivative around the edges, family-friendly fantasy flick...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A solid creepshow for (older) kids, which channels the visual appeal of '80s Amblin adventures while lacking their storytelling panache.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Roth adapts his skills quite nicely to this project's PG rating, delivering minor jolts where appropriate, and leaning on "Goosebumps" star Jack Black to leaven things with comedy throughout.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

An engaging new direction for Eli Roth, who offsets the odd tonal hiccup with plenty of ghoulish delights.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

No film in which Cate Blanchett head-butts a vivified jack-o'-lantern could be entirely without merit.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A celebration of the weird, this is a movie Robert Rodriguez or Tim Burton would be proud of. Former horror enfant terrible Roth may have just found his new calling.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Despite a fantastical premise and some truly eye-popping effects, The House With A Clock In Its Walls suffers from post-Potter fatigue; there's simply nothing here, visual or thematic, that hasn't been done before.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

At his best, Roth plunders elements from countless other tales of supernatural spookery... and nudges them eerily close to genuine enchantment.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It largely succeeds, buoyed by Black's typical exuberance, Blanchett's typical slyness and a richly evocative rendering of a Rockwellian suburb sprinkled with goofer dust.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...an incredibly entertaining, if derivative around the edges, family-friendly fantasy flick...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A solid creepshow for (older) kids, which channels the visual appeal of '80s Amblin adventures while lacking their storytelling panache.

0

a strange tale with a darker underbelly.

I enjoyed this film, its kinda quirky for a kids flick which I like with darker thread through it which my daughter found a bit scary (shes 9) so I'd say don't go with very young children. It's not especially unique in plot but it just tickles my quirky funny bone that I liked it I just felt like there wasn't enough plot. Perhaps the book might have more...

3.0
0

Tick Tock Kaboom

This is a lack lustre affair. The magic is so unbelievable - its more special effect magic than believable magic. Story was ok, characters one dimensional. In places it was very heavy going.

1.0
0