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: 72 out of 391 found boring (18.41%)

One-line Reviews (233)

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.

A few good lines and many quite poor and predictable.

The themes were dark and the plot was suspenseful.

The story is totally uninspiring and uninteresting.

Boring .

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

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

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

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

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

Pretty ho-hum overall.

I got bored .

Horrible movie, damn slow and super boring.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Seriously boring .

Save your money.

Jack Black is entertaining enough.

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

"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.

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

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

Literally a magic film, truly enjoyable .

Slow slow plot.

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

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.

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.

Silly but Entertaining .

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

He isn't interesting, he's bland.

Demonic and Bland Story .

Kids enjoyed it , great lazy weekend movie.

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

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.

Top 10 worst movie of 2018 .

Boring kids movie .

Dry, witless, slow, and unimaginative.

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.

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

A waste of time to be honest.

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

Very Entertaining .

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.

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

= I got bored.


Waste of time and money.

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

The movie was boring with very few special effects.

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

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

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.

Meh (save your money) .

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

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

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

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.

Boring and awful dark content.

Decent Waste of Time .

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.

Very boring movie.

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

The movie was overall enjoyable.

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

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

I enjoyed it, it's a fun ride.

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

Kate Blanchet and Jack Black make the movie enjoyable .

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

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

This movie is very entertaining.

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.

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

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.

Total waste of money.

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

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.

Entertaining .

Don't waste your money on this!

A waste of money and time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Scary for kids but boring for adults .

Bland, trite and exaggerated toilet humor.

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

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

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.

Boring, Zzzzzz .

The plot is dull and what you'd expect.

Boring .

But overall, my kids enjoyed it immensely.

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

Even my 5 year old was bored.

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

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

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

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.

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.

An Enjoyable Variation with an Eli Roth Twist .

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.

Enjoyable .

Waste of time and money .

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.

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

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

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

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 ?!?

Cute and entertaining .

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Waste of time and money.

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.

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

Surprisingly Boring .

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 entertaining.

Worth watching with the family .

The story is boring and predictable.

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

The movie dragged and the editing was pretty awful.

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

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

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

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

I urge everyone reading this to save your money.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Usually, it's bland and ridiculously exaggerated.

It was fun and entertaining.

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

Boring .

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

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

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

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

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

Put simply, I got bored.

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

This is an engaging kids movie.

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

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

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

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

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 story is entertaining from start to finish.

Bland / Average .

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

"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.

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

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".

Boring characters.

Additionally the plot movie was very slow and not engaging.

Enjoyable .

An absolutely enjoyable adventure, for the whole family.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable movie.

It was the worst movie I ever watched!!!

My wife and I enjoyed it!

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

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

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

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

Enjoyable, beautiful set, Well Directed .

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

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

Every beat of this film is incredibly predictable.

I would highly recommend it.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

The storyline was uninteresting and the characters not convincing.

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

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

Entertaining fantasy movie .

The plot itself was very basic and a little predictable.

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

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

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.

It was definitely entertaining and thrilling for me.

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.

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

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

Personally I thought the movie was too predictable.

Worth the watch .

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

But in general, it was still enjoyable.

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

Really waste of time and money.

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

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

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

Another empty CGI cyclone of a film.

I found it incredibly boring and predictable.

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.

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.

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.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

I wish we had walked out of the theater.

Very entertaining .

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

It's very predictable.

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

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