The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) - Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

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A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

Director: Eli Roth
Stars: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett
Length: 105 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 73 out of 397 found boring (18.38%)

One-line Reviews (242)

Boring kids movie .

The movie was boring with very few special effects.

Jack Black is entertaining enough.

Waste of time and money .

At one point, a character says to young Lewis, "It's a total waste of time".

The music written too was good and the cinematography was ordinary but in the end an enjoyable film that you should watch to get entertained.

Boring .

She watched it a second time but was bored half way through.

Meh (save your money) .

You'll probably like the mysterious "not all is what it seems" first half of the movie, but the way-too-goofy-and-contrived back half will have you walking out of the theater shouting "YOLO".

My 10 year old son begged me to go see it so we had a guys night out and both really enjoyed it, I was actually happy he talked me into seeing it because i was pretty entertained by the story the entire time.

I urge everyone reading this to save your money.

Kate Blanchet and Jack Black make the movie enjoyable .

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a snail-paced, magically underwhelming and ultimately dull time at the theater.

The story is boring and predictable.

Had a difficult time trying to watch it it's quite slow plots okay acting wasn't bad too many cliches definitely not on par with Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them I could only give it a 4 out of 10 even that's reaching the best part of the movie was the scenery

The rest of the cast are drab predictable and uninteresting whilst the villain could have been played by literally anyone because it really didn't matter.

It's a bland, overworked, ridiculous piece of dumb.

It was the worst movie I ever watched!!!

Boring, Zzzzzz .

There is a coming of age element in the story with Lewis' parents not being there and him having to learn to come to terms with that and his uncle.

Don't waste your money, wait for it to come out on Netflix.

Please don't waste your time and money like I did.

Black and Blanchet are fun but a muddy and dull script along with unbalanced directing keeps them from soaring.

For everyone else, the last third of this movie is very exciting.

There were a lot of drawn out boring segments where I felt myself closing my eyes and drifting off a bit and that's rare for me during a movie.

It was mildly frightening, but intriguing and kid-friendly.

Even my 5 year old was bored.

Don't waste your time or money to see this movie!

The story will keep you guessing until the very end, the settings are diversified and stunning and the acting performances are absolutely brilliant.

But overall, my kids enjoyed it immensely.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a thoroughly entertaining movie.

Kate Blanchett is also a diamond here and the kid seems naturally awkward in a very engaging way.

It was fun and entertaining.

The plot is dull and what you'd expect.

The movie was listless and poorly written with trite dialogue and bad continuity.

Entertaining fantasy movie .

Interior and costumes are excellent, but the plot is boring.

"The House With A Clock In Its Walls" is a genuine family film with entertaining moments along with a small splash of dark fantasy.

Eli Roth talentedly directs the movie with his previous horror techniques taking full play in the movie's suspenseful scenes with the blood taking a backstage.

Personally I thought the movie was too predictable.

So either this is a kids movie that is a bit too intense for many kids, or its a mediocre adventure horror movie for everyone else.

Thankfully, the film is entertaining enough to earn a rating of 7, with an additional star earned thanks to the chemistry between Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

Yes even though we have seen these kinds of Black performances before they are undoubtedly enjoyable every time.

Wait and see if you get it on Netflix or Hulu and just try and stay awake through it.

Horrible movie, damn slow and super boring.

It felt a bit wasted on the big screen with some very pointless characters!

The premise was so exciting, the execution (which, mind you, is all you can really think about for most of the movie) not so much.

Worth the watch .

However, it did have Jack Black and Cate Blanchett which makes up for some of the tedious plotting.

Boring .

Enjoyable, beautiful set, Well Directed .

It's an okay movie and good waste of time.

Very entertaining .

Sometimes you go ahead an watch a movie against better judgement, out of boredom or because you are hoping to be surprised.

The characters were never developed fully and I felt very little attachment to their stories, and the plot was predictable and shallow.

There's another creepy old house haunted by an evil spirit which the smug protagonist has to get rid of, but the whole thing is an uneven mix of gross-out gags and predictable CGI spooks.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls was a nice entertaining scare for my friend and I .

The colourful settings, the quirky characters and the spooky story make for a quite entertaining ride.

Its creepy visuals and tone are tailor-made for tweens on a stormy night, but adults will likely be bored by this.

His emotional moments are so sickly fake that I just wanted to leave the theater or cover my ears until the whining had stopped.

Not that's out of the way, it's a very sweet movie and quite entertaining, a good Sunday movie for kids and parents alike.

The plot is boring and makes no sense.

Some of the scenes were really good, on an individual level, but as a whole I found the movie bland.

This movie is very entertaining.

I wish we had walked out of the theater.

It was also super predictable, save for a few nice twists.

The plot is cliche, none of the characters are very good, and There are many, many better films out there.

The movie was overall enjoyable.

To me it felt like quicksand the whole way just a constant sinking into nothingness that i just wanted to leave the cinema.

Vaccaro's performance dragged everything down, and, apart from Black and Blanchette, nothing in this movie is that good to begin with.

He isn't interesting, he's bland.

Another empty CGI cyclone of a film.

The story is entertaining from start to finish.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable movie.

This leaves the first half feeling dull and repetitive at times as it just feels like an hour-long introduction to the house.

Fancy sets ruined by ponderous writing and direction that simply did not work.

The themes were dark and the plot was suspenseful.

As I mentioned earlier, the first part is highly entertaining.

It seemed to drag out way too much like they thought they had a longer run time.

Silly but Entertaining .

I can only remember one other movie I walked out of in my life.


Fun loving enjoyable well written well acted and just overall a good time for the whole family.

Following his parents' death, Lewis (Owen Vaccaro, of the tedious Daddy's Home franchise) is sent to live with his quirky and mysterious Uncle Jonathan (a thoroughly annoying and out-of-place Jack Black) in his creepy old mansion.

John Bellairs' The House with a Clock in its Walls and Robert Silverberg's The Man in the Maze were two novels I read as a kid that stuck with me, and I find just as enjoyable as an adult.

The older one thought it was too scary while the younger really enjoyed it.

The lack of special effects and the plodding story line made it a huge waste of time and money for me.

A waste of money and time.

The movie looks BEAUTIFUL especially the big old magical house it's stunning to look at!!.

It has a mix feeling of fun with some jokes in its scenes, thrilling with its plot and characters, as well as enjoyable as a children or family entertainment.

I think it works as a one off adventure but it is forgettable once you leave the theater.

Unfortunately this was boring in times and was a wasted opportunity as it had potential to be a great fantasy flick.

It's sad that I feel the need to screen films to protect my children rather than explaining about deceit and propaganda when they're so young.

Bland / Average .


I would highly recommend it.

1.5 out of 5 stars (one of the worst of the year)Watching "The House With a Clock in its Walls" is like being on a massive sugar high: It's way too fast, very confusing, and eventually causes you as a viewer to crash and fight falling asleep.

It all feels too safe and conventional and predictable to be a great movie.

An average family film, but I still enjoyed it and would watch it again.

Seriously boring .

Enjoyable .

It is truly exciting to watch his character struggle and master the magic arts and current social status.

But this is an enjoyable and robest Halloween offering for all except the most sensitive youngsters.

Entertaining .

I don't recommend this movie, you can watch better movies and don't waste your time...

I enjoyed it, it's a fun ride.

Truly boring and it could have and should have been a lot better.

I think kids will be frightened by the film and preteens/teens will be bored.

This is a fun and enjoyable movie with a good amount of gag humour thrown into it.

Jack Black wasn't funny enough to carry the poor script, the child actor screamed too much and burst into tears at weird moments, the lack of a good score made the movie seem staccato, the storyline was too intense for those under 13.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

All I can say that even though I have insomnia, I would have fallen asleep watching it if it hadn't been for the coffee I had before.

I just kept waiting for the comic relief to show up and turn the movie back but when Satan himself showed up we walked out.

The movie dragged and the editing was pretty awful.

This movie was extremely bad in the sense that first it had a terribly boring plot, and second this contains stuff that would make an 8 year cry.

Waste of time and money.

The kid's uncle only has one rule, and it's incredibly obvious this rule is going to get broken which will drive the last act of the film, but the act is dragged out and the reasoning behind it really didn't sell me on it.

"Jack Black" performance is the best among the cast, but it's one of the lowest among his other movies, he is kinda slow, the jokes he tell are expected and he doesn't perform as a warlock.

all in all the experience was a bit boring while there were funny bits, they were very rare.

Put simply, I got bored.

I found it incredibly boring and predictable.

Boring characters.

Save your money.

The storyline was uninteresting and the characters not convincing.

Unfortunately, a lot of screen time is wasted with some secondary cliche characters who only serve as plot devices to move the plot forward instead of focusing on the family drama.

I looked over 30 minutes into and while I sat in amazement of how boring this movie was, my friend was sound asleep.

A perfect break from formulaic movies that demand too much of the viewer.

Overall I just found the movie paced wrong and that it was so predictable, made things less suspenseful.

Kyle Machlachlan brought an enjoyable malevolence to Isaac Izzard with a more interesting backstory.

An absolutely enjoyable adventure, for the whole family.

Four people sat down to watch a movie, four unanimously agreed this was a colossal waste of time.

There are many moments in which it is very clear the actors are in fact acting, and it makes it nearly impossible to get immersed lest one look past the beyond-basic writing which feels like it was written as a college student's midterm project for Creative Writing which they saved til last minute and whipped up in the four hours leading up to class with the help of Monster Energy and Ritalin.

Unfortunately, a slow pace increases the tedium levels, which were already high due to the predictable and uninventive plot.

Surprisingly, Eli Roth's direction (who comes from gory horror films) is quite good and keeps a solidly paced and always entertaining stance with the film.

A few good lines and many quite poor and predictable.

It bores you with no excitement as you may find similar plot in many other movies.

Dry, witless, slow, and unimaginative.

It was entertaining even a cliché ending was to be expected.

Not to mention the creepy aspects; I won't go into details as to not spoil anything, but my sister and I had to leave early because it was terrifying.

The type of film you would've loved to have seen made by Tim Burton at the peak of his powers or even by another visionary such as Guillermo Del Toro, Clock has some fantastic set design and a plethora of potential to be a magic filled adventure but under the guidance of Roth, Clock is odd and colourful but also instantly forgettable, hard to love and more often than not, quite boring.

Black and Cate Blanchett are reliably entertaining, the gothic ambience is effective (as is the small-towns 1950s setting), and the special effects are good.

Lewis is an engaging protagonist, with a solid character quirk of loving dictionaries and words.

An intriguing premise that can't decide who its audience is .

Every beat of this film is incredibly predictable.

Very Entertaining .

Just a wast of time , very bad acting , very boring

This is an engaging kids movie.

It's a great movie to watch around Halloween and the mildly dark themes might even introduce teenagers to the fascinating world of gothic and horror movies that deserve a better reputation than they have.

Creepy at times with impressive sets, its one of the most enjoyable well made family films in a longtime.

The very end felt too much like an anti-climax when the mostly exciting action in the final act where much of the story leads somewhere becomes a little rushed.

Usually, it's bland and ridiculously exaggerated.

If you like cliche writing, crappy CGI, terrible acting, bad directing, HORRIBLE music and choppy editing this is your movie.

Boring and awful dark content.

Very boring movie.

As entertaining as its co-stars, the clock with a clock in its walls shines best when it makes most of its odd concept.

It's that bad I fell asleep one of Jack blacks worst films

Unfortunately, the scenes that are supposed to be dramatic or scary will probably have you chuckling or yawning.

It is fantasy escapism that is just as entertaining for adults as it is for kids.

Really waste of time and money.

Black and Blanchett are perfectly cast as the adult leads and the action for the first hour or so is, by turns, exciting, amusing and mildly scary.

I can see kids enjoy this much more than adults, but it's still kinda enjoyable to watch for an adult.

I would not recommend this film overall, though it would probably be entertaining for young audiences.

Literally a magic film, truly enjoyable .

All this is brought with the necessary humor and is highly entertaining for young and old.

= I got bored.

Disappointing that it was predictable, even if you've never read the books.

My wife and I enjoyed it!

I got bored .

All in all it was a fantasy-wannabe movie that was way too boring and predictable.

Not original, not much action, too many jump scares it's boring, lame , 10/10 would not recommend

It was just too dull and there was no exciting moment.

Recommendeded for a fun, silly and entertaining family movie night.

A waste of time to be honest.

The movie is spectacularly entertaining and many white jokes lol that I kind of have to understand.

Kids enjoyed it , great lazy weekend movie.

This is the type of film that is even entertaining for older teenagers and adults when they go watch the movie with their younger children, friends or siblings which is quite an achievement.

"The House with a Clock in Its Walls" is a silly but entertaining film with Cate Blanchett, Jack Black and Kyle MacLachlan.

It could do with less scatology, and a little more exploration of its intriguing post-war trauma theme.

The plot itself was very basic and a little predictable.

While, the script does set up a slow story that does not progress until the final act.

They enjoyed it enough that there was clapping at the end.

It's entertaining enough for an adult, while slightly mysterious, and for a 10 year old it's a just scary enough without going too far.

The movie moves along slowly, really at a snail's pace, making you wonder when things were going to pick up.

The sets an special effects are well executed with an enjoyable score to match.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 10 because of some intense horror.

Due to the first half and part of the second half is slow it caused the climax to seem rushed and not flow smoothly.

However, it's the performances from the veterans that really make this film worth the watch.

Very entertaining.

Pretty ho-hum overall.

Animal fart jokes abound, stock characters, predictable arc, reliance on 'magic' for plot movement and corny dialogue for humour.

The story is totally uninspiring and uninteresting.

It's also the most accurate depiction of witchcraft (other than the fireballs, etc. that's how films become dramatic and exciting) regarding languages, symbolism, etc. Would definitely watch it again.

Add a completely miscast Jack Black, underused Cate Blanchett, and a child actor with little screen presence, and you have one of the dullest fantasies of the year, for adults anyway.

Enjoyable .

But the great combination of Black and Blanchett along with gorgeous production and costume design make this an entertaining family adventure.

This was a terrible film, that became so boring in parts.

It was really entertaining and had a brilliant story line that keeps you interested through out!

It was definitely entertaining and thrilling for me.

Decent Waste of Time .

An enjoyable ride, keeps you glued in has it goes.

This is a handsomely-mounted production that has its moments but is otherwise pretty ho-hum.

Scary for kids but boring for adults .

The set pieces are incredible, and the film is by far engaging, and certainly better than most family films in recent days.

It might be slightly too intense for its young target audience but is still an enjoyable, suitably ostentatious adventure.

But in general, it was still enjoyable.

He was probably a little too young for this but overall I enjoyed it!

Top 10 worst movie of 2018 .

"The House With a Clock in Its Walls" is a boring, drawn-out fantasy with mostly uninteresting direction, a rushed script, and unlikable characters that had me in an epic battle to avoid sleeping in my comfy seat.

This is sure to be an enjoyable watch for anyone looking for a family fun time.

It is very predictable, and any sense of surprise is lost towards its ending.

Since the story is pretty conventional, the fact that the film moves extremely slow doesn't help to reduce the infinite boredom.

The pacing of the movie when following Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) is what left me a little bored, and Jack Blacks performance when dealing with old friends (and enemies) seemed a little too dull on his emotion.

Worth watching with the family .

For me, this was truly boring even though the pacing was good and things moved along, I found myself in La La land often and didn't miss a thing.

Should of been M , awful awful , dull moments where the movies momentum was at a sloths pace , then boom let's throw in some saintic rituals , demons and zombies and of course for some reason Americans love of throwing up ?!?

Surprisingly Boring .

Total waste of money.

As ridiculous as the story sounds, you could easily find it quite entertaining.

Boring .

While it is an enjoyable story it isn't that clever or memorable.

While the story is indeed intriguing, it is not captivating enough to last more than 90 minutes.

Overall it's definitely worth watching, especially if you have kids.

Also, his first days at school are anything but enjoyable as the children are not friendly and consider Lewis bizarre for the aviator glasses he constantly wears.

Demonic and Bland Story .

It ended up being two hours or mostly non-entertaining fare that was more about the CGI effects within the house than anything else.

Waste of time and money.

Slow slow plot.

Bland, trite and exaggerated toilet humor.

Ultimately, it's a pretty enjoyable experience that features some decent, suitably ostentatious performances and benefits from its slightly strange feel simply because it sets it apart from other similar fare.

The story is entertaining and it doesn't try to do showoff in how great it is with it's few good plots or trying to convince you with the evil in the film , it only shows off in magic and being just for fun and making you entertained.

I probably rate this a little higher than i should as my family and i were the only ones in the imax however i enjoyed it and my two kids loved it.

Cute and entertaining .

It was really boring, and even the climax didn't help.

Additionally the plot movie was very slow and not engaging.

Mostly entertaining, it won't go down as one of my favorites.

It was also 100% predictable and that made it bad.

Don't waste your money on this!

It's very predictable.

An Enjoyable Variation with an Eli Roth Twist .

The most visually stunning parts were in fact one offs and were mainly for use in the trailers themselves.

Technically, besides the visually stunning sets, Eli Roth proves that he has a big mountain to climb.