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Clockwise Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ July 21, 2007
When a perfectionist and always punctual headmaster gets on the wrong train, his well-organized world is falling to pieces and a trail of chaos ensues. Of course John Cleese is the perfect choice for the British gentleman who is set in his ways and stumbles into a series of misunderstandings and inconveniences. He is easily selling this film even through his slower parts, but the script makes sure to add one wonderfully uncomfortable situation behind the other and makes for a very British, very entertaining experience, even if the film feels a bit dated. One cell phone call would solve the whole problem nowadays. Still, in a way it is sad that there are no such comedies anymore.
Super Reviewer
February 10, 2011
A scrupulously punctual headmaster in an English comprehensive school sets off for the Headmaster's Conference to deliver a keynote speech. One little slip sees him boarding the wrong train, which leads to a chain of consequences conspiring to keep him from his goal. This is one of the finest farces I've ever seen brought to the screen, written naturally enough by theatre farce-meister Michael Frayn. The frenetic energy of John Cleese in his prime really lifts this above the norm, as he hitches a ride with a student, bumps into and kidnaps an ex-girlfriend and winds up naked in a monastery. The climactic scenes at the HMC amount to perhaps the finest pay-off seen in farce. This is, indeed, a historic moment.
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2007
A great forgotten comedy, makes me sweat and nervous everytime I watch it haha I just keep wanting him to succeed aarrrggghhhh there are some dull moments but also some truely inspired Cleese moments worthy of 'Fawlty Towers'. Evading the police, the final speech, in the fields, the old ladies etc, when I was a kid this was christmas TV gold LOL!!
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Super Reviewer
½ September 29, 2008
Boy, has this movie dated but it does offer some 80s nostalgia. John Cleese playing a Basil Fawlty like character, as he does best, embarks on a journey that would mark the height of all his accomplishments in life. However, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. If you've ever been in a situation where every decision you make just leaves you worse off then you'll be able to identify with this story: "It's not the despair. I can take the despair. It's the hope I can't stand."
Super Reviewer
July 23, 2007
Things go from bad to worse in this funny British comedy starring John Cleese.
garyX
Super Reviewer
½ March 26, 2007
A one idea british farce that's held together by John Cleese in his element, but there's very little little to it. Mildly amusing but never laugh out loud funny.
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2013
Hardcore Monty Python fans may be disappointed with this lightweight John Cleese vehicle, but it's an enjoyable, if unambitious, farce. Cleese draws on his Python history to play Brian Stimpson, a punctilious headmaster with a constant eye on the clock and his students. He's not the ferocious military caricature you might expect, however -- he has a sense of humor and warmth beneath his steely exterior. His students fear him, but also they also like and respect him.

Stimpson is thrilled to get an invitation to helm a prestigious headmaster conference, and takes a day off to travel to the event. Alas, he makes an uncharacteristic mistake and gets on the wrong train. Determined not to be late, he scrambles for other travel options. This sets in motion a series of screwball mishaps involving police pursuit, a monastery, misguided "shortcuts" and other tomfoolery. Funny enough but, unfortunately, Cleese's main comic foil is a teen student played by a shy, novice actress with little skill and a wedge-like hairstyle that badly dates the film.
DrLappos
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2007
John Cleese is a God and this was a quality comedy for its time. Very gentle.
½ October 30, 2015
Carried by John Cleese, but funny "almost road trip" movie. Watch during a slow day.
½ May 19, 2015
Unfortunately overlooked.
October 1, 2007
What this all boils downs to is that "Clockwise" is simply for those who are fans of John Cleese because it is all about him and the sort of character he plays so well. But if you can only cope with Cleese in small doses it is hard work.
January 15, 2014
A "Time Maniac" like Mr. Brian Stimpson has a the worst day of his life when all his planning gets wrong. A smart British comedy with a great performance of John Cleese
April 18, 2013
John Cleese and the fantastic cast romp through this comedy classic, as one drama follows another, all due to the head teachers ocd behavior for time keeping that causes the whole thing to lead to mayhem.
January 18, 2013
Having been elected chairman of a committee of headmasters from posh schools, a man must get to Norwich, a trip that hides unpredictable dangers and mishaps. Though the film is a delightful British comedy, it largely depends upon the comedic timing and presence of John Cleese.
June 11, 2007
Little known in the US, this movie is hilarious and desearves more recognition.
½ February 5, 2012
Pretty generic, but funny enough.
January 30, 2012
laughed my ass off when i saw this for the first time.
½ September 24, 2011
Entertaining film with good pace. John Cleese at his best!
½ July 8, 2011
(**): Thumbs Down

I didn't find this to be all that funny.
½ June 12, 2011
Brilliant British farce. John Cleese is at his finest in this wonderfuly crazy and cringe inducing comedy. I want to know more about those old ladies sherry glasses!
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