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The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)



Critic Consensus: An entertaining PG detour for gore maestro Eli Roth, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a family-friendly blend of humor and horror with an infectious sense of fun.

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In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award (R) winner Cate Blanchett star in THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town's sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

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Jack Black
as Jonathan Barnavelt
Cate Blanchett
as Mrs. Zimmerman
Owen Vaccaro
as Lewis Barnavelt
Kyle MacLachlan
as Isaac Izard
Braxton Bjerken
as Woody Mingo
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Critic Reviews for The House with a Clock in Its Walls

All Critics (220) | Top Critics (43)

Jack Black (playing the uncle) and Cate Blanchett (as his best friend and partner in magic) are usually welcome screen presences, but they seem embarrassed and undirected here, and the less said about the child actors, the better.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

I found my attention wandering.

January 7, 2019 | Full Review…

I feel like Eli Roth kind of revitalized himself with this picture...I'd love to see what else he can do with this kind of film.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The book is a charmingly quaint, deeply eerie supernatural mystery about grief, necromancy, and the apocalypse. The movie version is a shrieking CGI carnival full of poop jokes and barfing pumpkins.

September 25, 2018 | Full Review…

It works if all you're looking for is a movie you can take your children to see.

September 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The problem that this has is that...Eli Roth wasn't the right person to be doing it.

September 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The House with a Clock in Its Walls


There was a couple of instances over the course of The House with a Clock in Its Walls, particularly early on, that had my hopes up, but by the end? God I was so disappointed. The lead is not a great actor (often a trouble when you have to cast young), and the effects are pretty bad. The worst thing though is that Clock in Its Walls can't keep its story straight, which is a pretty unforgivable sin when it's your own story. Like, you set the rules here, why are you going out of your way to break them for nothing?

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


A fairly good "scary" tale for children with a "being oddball can be a good thing" message, fronted by top-tier talent (yes, I'm beginning to forgive Jack Black for being annoying!) that actually share nice chemistry together. A professional production that might require time to be appreciated as it should.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Kids will be traumatized and have nightmares for the rest of their lives after watching this horror movie for children, while older viewers are likely to find this an amusing (if harmless) dark fable that benefits from a nice production design and some good performances.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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