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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS

 
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At Theaters: 9/21/2018 On Video:
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 44 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601240
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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10-year-old Lewis goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town's sleepy facade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Fantasy Mystery Sci-Fi - Like most of director Eli Roth's work, this is technically a horror thriller, but it's one aimed at families and pre-teens, not unlike a Gremlins or the Goosebumps television series. That said, there are a number of images and scenes that would be too scary and intense for young kids. Fans of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett will certainly enjoy though Kyle MacLachlan fans may be disappointed by his limited screen time.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Cate Blanchett OCEAN'S 8, THOR RAGNAROK, KNIGHT OF CUPS, CAROL
Jack Black JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, KUNG FU PANDA 3
Kyle MacLachlan HAMLET, ONE NIGHT STAND
Colleen Camp BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
Wri/Dir: Eli Roth DEATH WISH, THE GREEN INFERNO
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hits, grabs, and fighting with magical powers.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Fighting with magical powers.
COMEDY: Silly banter, wisecracks, sight gags, toilet humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Although the movie isn't bad enough to qualify as a slog for older viewers, the boilerplate story makes it tough to stay engaged. Unlike the Harry Potter movies, The House with a Clock in Its Walls fails to find the sweet spot for cross-generational appeal.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Above Average ...basically watchable. Granted, it is more than a little familiar... ...the menagerie of computer-generated monsters, which includes talking dummies and sentient jack-o'-lanterns, are slick-looking. So if you're not paying too much attention...you might be able to overlook the programmatic nature of "The House with a Clock In Its Walls."

Rolling Stone Full Review
Above Average ...this bustling magic show promises a thrill ride of scares and giggles. The something extra comes with watching Black and Blanchett match wits, especially the former; he radiates his signature comic moxie with glimmers of the dramatic chops he demonstrated in movies like...

Slant Magazine Full Review
Poor The rush of the plot's setup extends to the dialogue, which never settles into a steady, believable cadence. The final act...stumbles between awkward, telegraphed jolts and busy, effects-heavy action, completely losing sight of the trauma and grief that was meant to give the film its emotional core.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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