Clockstoppers (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Clockstoppers (2002)



Critic Consensus: A pleasant diversion for the young teens, but a waste of time for anyone older.

Movie Info

Until now, Zak Gibbs' greatest challenge has been to find a way to buy a car. But when he discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father's various inventions and slips it on--something very strange happens. The world around him seems to come to a stop, everything and everybody frozen in time. Zak quickly learns how to manipulate the device and he and his quick-witted and beautiful new friend, Francesca, start to have some real fun. But Zak and Francesca soon find out they are not alone in "Hypertime."more
Rating: PG (for action violence and mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: J. David Stern, Rob Hedden, David N. Weiss, J. David Stem, David Weiss
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002
Box Office: $36.9M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


French Stewart
as Dr. Dopler
Paula GarcÚs
as Francesca
Michael Biehn
as Agent Gates
Robin Thomas
as Dr. Gibbs
Julia Sweeney
as Mrs. Gibbs
Jason George
as Richard
Ken Jenkins
as Agent Moore
Esperanza Catubig
as ticket agent
Jennifer Manley
as security officer
Scott Thomson
as Tourist Dad
Deborah Rawlings
as tourist mom
Scott Thompson
as tourist dad
Jodie Milks
as bright freshman
Tony Abatemarco
as administrator
Oanh Nguyen
as graduate student
Brad 'Chip' Pope
as confused freshman
Andrew James Armstro...
as hot skates sports bo...
Rachel Arieff
as Hot Skates Saleswome...
Joey Simmrin
as Rick Ditmar
Finneus Egan
as Ditmar's Friend
Pamela Dunlap
as Vice Principal
Gina Hecht
as Meter Maid
Eric Baugh
as Tagger
Dwight Armstrong
as Nore Ring Boy
D.J. Midas
as Flavius' opponent
Funkmaster Flex
as Large Mike
Earl Barlow
as Rave Dancer
DJ Swamp
as Flavius/Ditmar hands
Jer-Lyn Benjamin
as Rave Dancer
Lamonte "Tails" Good...
as Meeker breakdance do...
Diana Carreno
as Rave Dancer
Ronnie Willis
as Meeker dance double
Aisha R. Delaria
as Rave Dancer
Frank Howard
as Rave Dancer
Kirven T. Arrington
as Meeker hand double
Danny Cistone
as Ditmar dance double
Rece Jones
as Rave Dancer
Alfie Lewis
as Rave Dancer
Clifford McGee
as Rave Dancer
Kimberly Morrow
as Rave Dancer
Alphonso Rawls
as Rave Dancer
Sherman Shoate
as Rave Dancer
Giacomo Vernice
as Rave Dancer
Billy Mayo
as Q.T. Agent
Clifford McGhee
as Rave Dancer
Tom Parks
as Detective
Alphonzo Rawls
as Rave Dancer
Jeff Ricketts
as Officer Meyers
Melanie Mayron
as Night Manager
Larry Carroll
as Newscaster
Caroline Fogarty
as Convention Worker
Joel Huggins
as Nerdy Convention Ven...
Jon Alan Lee
as Nerdy Convention Ven...
Colin McClean
as Q.T. Security Guard
Darius Boorn
as Q.T. Techie
Eric Brown
as Q.T. Techie
Young Dopler
as Q.T. Techie
Miko Hughes
as Q.T. Techie
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News & Interviews for Clockstoppers

Critic Reviews for Clockstoppers

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (28)

Sci-fi hijinks and a government conspiracy serve merely as window dressing for a ham-fisted message about the importance of good parenting and owning a car in high school.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If I were 13, I might be sufficiently entranced by the movie's bicycle stunts ... and wouldn't be wondering why ideas for science fiction films haven't progressed very far from Star Trek's first seasons all those decades ago.

Full Review… | April 2, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

I thought my own watch had stopped keeping time as I slogged my way through Clockstoppers.

Full Review… | April 1, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

An intermittently pleasing but mostly routine effort.

Full Review… | March 31, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A benign but forgettable sci-fi diversion.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A pleasant, if forgettable, romp of a film.

Full Review… | March 29, 2002
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Clockstoppers


Jonathan Frakes is no stranger to science fiction, so it would seem he would be a fitting director for Clockstoppers.The story concept revolving around hyper-time is a solid start, but as a whole this film is too kid friendly and routine with its story. The first 3rd of this 90 minute picture plays around and has fun with the sped up time. This is fine to a point, but it does feel like a waste of time.The effects are adequate enough, especially with the nature of this film; however, the possibility to do more is definitely there. Unfortunately, for a film that does focus on moving fast, the effects aren't the most memorable thing about it.Jesse Bradford gets by as the lead male teen. Paula Garces is a pleasant surprise, as she is more than just the pretty girl along for the ride. French Stewart's unique personality, which could easily stand out in other films, tends to blend in with this one.Once the clock stops, Clockstoppers really doesn't offer much other than a one time 90 minute sit through.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


An initially intriguing idea wasted with mediocre performances and a shoddy script. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer


It's definitely fun for it's generation, but anyone over ten will find it repulsive.

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

Clockstoppers Quotes

Francesca: What are you doing in there? Did you break into my house just to pee?
– Submitted by Mahir A (4 years ago)
Dr. Earl Dopler: You know what I don't like? Getting kicked in the head.
– Submitted by Mahir A (4 years ago)

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