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Clockstoppers (2002)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 60

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


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 17

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



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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

Aug 13, 2002


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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.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

April 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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I thought my own watch had stopped keeping time as I slogged my way through Clockstoppers.

April 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Fun action comedy with nifty special effects.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Absurda, mas divertida, a premissa confere um certo grau de interesse ao filme, que ainda se beneficia do tom adolescente descompromissado.

November 7, 2005
Cinema em Cena

However it may please those who love movies that blare with pop songs, young science fiction fans will stomp away in disgust.

June 11, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Visually exciting sci-fi film which suffers from a lackluster screenplay.

March 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Director Frakes steps triumphantly into the ring of Hollywood mediocrity with this effort...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Each actor does his very best to portray the characters realistically and perhaps their relative inexperience is a factor.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

Light, silly, photographed with colour and depth, and rather a good time.

October 23, 2002

Sit through this one, and you won't need a magic watch to stop time; your DVD player will do it for you.

September 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A hip ride into hyper-time, Clockstoppers is a lively and enjoyable adventure for all ages at any time.

September 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

I was actually entertained and amused; but overall the movie is adequate and little more.

July 10, 2002 Full Review

Time literally stops on a dime in the tries-so-hard-to-be-cool "Clockstoppers," but that doesn't mean it still won't feel like the longest 90 minutes of your movie-going life.

June 19, 2002
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There are some dazzling water effects, but there's not enough to like about the movie to recommend it.

June 4, 2002 Full Review Source:

This could be the first movie since "Cool As Ice" that was outdated before it hit the screen.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source:

A high-spirited, genial romp that's suffused with a becoming innocence.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This a Nickelodeon movie, and that's where it belongs: on children's cable television.

April 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A family-friendly fantasy that ends up doing very little with its imaginative premise.

March 30, 2002 Full Review Source:

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.
January 25, 2013
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

An initially intriguing idea wasted with mediocre performances and a shoddy script. Full review later.
October 3, 2011
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

It's definitely fun for it's generation, but anyone over ten will find it repulsive.
September 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

I like the idea behind the film, however it was really dumbed down for American teens. I'd like to see an intelligent version aimed more at older adults.
June 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Francesca: What are you doing in there? Did you break into my house just to pee?
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    1. Dr. Earl Dopler: You know what I don't like? Getting kicked in the head.
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