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The House with a Clock in Its Walls Reviews

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November 27, 2018
I declare this far and away my favorite Eli Roth directing effort.
November 16, 2018
At some point during the film, when my pessimism ought to have overwhelmed the occasion, I simply forgot I was an adult and descended freely into the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2018
Good performances, fun plot (for children), and just a pinch of fear -- this could easily be a Halloween children's classic. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
November 5, 2018
Gore-movie maestro Eli Roth (Hostel) tries changing his spots with this multiplex effort but struggles to conjure up a family film of any real distinction or character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
It's very apparent that Roth is having a blast bringing this world to life and making a scary movie without being able to rely on his splatstick shtick. This is a movie that has a lot of fun being a movie
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2018
A startling mishmash of tones - the goofy kid-approved levity in with upper-tier night terror imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 31, 2018
And using these techniques, he has fashioned a fun, chuckle-worthy take on the 1973 book of the same name, one that never feels ironic nor a heavy-handed exercise in visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 30, 2018
Wonderful baroque production and set design... The timely jump scares and comedic banter between Black and Blanchett also help make the film entertaining enough for young moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2018
The film has a well-established story and shares some very important life lessons. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 26, 2018
In Roth's hands, the little character functions as an involuntary and well-intentioned lift. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 20, 2018
It's all a bit too mundane to be as magical as it aspires to be. For all of its potential, The House with a Clock in Its Walls seems like a major missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 18, 2018
It's too bad this film wasn't effective enough to present that message of indomitability in a stronger, more engaging way, because kids need it now more than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2018
Jack Black and Cate Blanchett essay their respective roles as a cheerful warlock and a kind-hearted witch with aplomb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2018
There's simply not enough spark in even the more engaging segments to drive you, the audience, under its spell.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 17, 2018
While the choice of Eli Roth - known for his hard-R horror movies - as the director might seem like an odd one, he actually is a self-proclaimed kid at heart who loves children's movies from eras gone by.
October 15, 2018
It's the kind of film where [Jack Black] can get carried away and have fun with his usual expressions and gestures, although it's Blanchett who takes the applause. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2018
...a misguided misfire that feels long even at 105 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 12, 2018
The film reveals Eli Roth hesitantly as a family film director, although the originality of the story compensates for his episodic energy drops. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 10, 2018
The Jack Black fantasy has some magic lurking underneath, but has no tick.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 9, 2018
The House With a Clock in its Walls ... is a bit rickety and never stops trying too hard. But it also represents a return to form for family-friendly horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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