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: 74 out of 402 found boring (18.4%)

One-line Reviews (243)

Really waste of time and money.

But overall, my kids enjoyed it immensely.

Literally a magic film, truly enjoyable .

Boring .

The movie dragged and the editing was pretty awful.

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

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

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

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

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

The themes were dark and the plot was suspenseful.

Boring and awful dark content.

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

Even my 5 year old was bored.

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

The movie was boring with very few special effects.

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

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

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

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.

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.

I wish we had walked out of the theater.

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.

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

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

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 ?!?

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

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.

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.

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


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

It was definitely entertaining and thrilling for me.

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

The plot is dull and what you'd expect.

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

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.

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.

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

It was fun and entertaining.

Waste of time and money.

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.

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

Enjoyable, beautiful set, Well Directed .

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

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

Kate Blanchet and Jack Black make the movie enjoyable .

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

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

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

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

I would highly recommend it.

Meh (save your money) .

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Every beat of this film is incredibly predictable.

Seriously boring .

Boring kids movie .

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.

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

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.

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

Waste of time and money .

My wife and I enjoyed it!

He isn't interesting, he's bland.

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.

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

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

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

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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.

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

Very entertaining .

This is an engaging kids movie.

Scary for kids but boring for adults .

Entertaining .

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

Boring .

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

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

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

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

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

It's very predictable.

Save your money.

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

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.

A waste of money and time.

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

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

The plot itself was very basic and a little predictable.

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

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

Put simply, I got bored.

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

Additionally the plot movie was very slow and not engaging.

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

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

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

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

"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.

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

Cute and entertaining .

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.

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

An Enjoyable Variation with an Eli Roth Twist .

The story is entertaining from start to finish.

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

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

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

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

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.

Surprisingly Boring .

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Bland / Average .

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

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

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".

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

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.

Personally I thought the movie was too predictable.

I urge everyone reading this to save your money.

Decent Waste of Time .

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

The story is boring and predictable.

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

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

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

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.

But in general, it was still enjoyable.

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

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.

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.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable movie.

Top 10 worst movie of 2018 .

This movie is very entertaining.

Another empty CGI cyclone of a film.

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

Demonic and Bland Story .

Boring, Zzzzzz .

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.

Jack Black is entertaining enough.

I enjoyed it, it's a fun ride.

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

Waste of time and money.

Entertaining fantasy movie .

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The story is totally uninspiring and uninteresting.

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.

An absolutely enjoyable adventure, for the whole family.

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

Very Entertaining .

It was fun at the beginning and then it went slow which you might feel it was not connected.

A waste of time to be honest.

Slow slow plot.

Silly but Entertaining .

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

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

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

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

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

I got bored .

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

= I got bored.

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

Enjoyable .

A few good lines and many quite poor and predictable.

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.

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

The movie was overall enjoyable.

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

It was the worst movie I ever watched!!!

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.

I found it incredibly boring and 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.

Enjoyable .

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

The storyline was uninteresting and the characters not convincing.


Horrible movie, damn slow and super boring.

"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.

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

Don't waste your money on this!

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

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

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.

Kids enjoyed it , great lazy weekend movie.

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

Total waste of money.

Worth the watch .

The plot is boring and makes no sense.

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

Very boring movie.

Boring characters.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Usually, it's bland and ridiculously exaggerated.

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

Boring .

Very entertaining.

Bland, trite and exaggerated toilet humor.

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

Pretty ho-hum overall.

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

Dry, witless, slow, and unimaginative.

Worth watching with the family .