The House With a Clock in Its Walls

Release Date: September 21st, 2018

PG |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious ticktock noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town's sleepy facade suddenly springs to life -- revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses.

Cast: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Colleen Camp, Sunny Suljic, Lorenza Izzo

Director: Eli Roth

Genres: Adventure , Comedy , Fantasy , Mystery

Production Co: Mythology Entertainment

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Small town , Mystery , Escape , Cheeky , Playful , 1950s , Quest , House

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Nikki BaughanScreen International

    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. show more

  • 80
    Matthew DessemSlate

    Roth and screenwriter Eric Kripke’s adaptation of The House With a Clock in its Walls is a bullseye, perfectly balanced between funny and scary. show more

  • 70
    Harry WindsorThe Hollywood Reporter

    As a family film in that vein 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. Less interesting, as is the way with many audience-avatar YA protagonists (sorry, Harry), is the main character, and Vaccaro’s rather hyper-articulated performance doesn’t help. show more

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