Reviews: The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

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  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This surprisingly charming mix of Harry Potter, “A Christmas Story” and “Hugo” has enough creepiness for the kids while adults can enjoy the Addams Family by way of Tim Burton production design and Blanchett’s amusing eccentricity.
  • [New] | Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: The House with a Clock in Its Walls is too deeply weird to not at least admire the effort.
  • [New] | Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: It’s disappointing in aspects, but there is still quite a bit to admire. At the very least, it makes a good case for creating more horror films aimed at younger audiences.
  • [New] | MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Charming entry-level spookiness and nicely old-fashioned eeriness for budding fright fans. A disarmingly goofy Jack Black and a vamping-it-up Cate Blanchett meet in a comic middle that is perfectly pitched.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Horror director Eli Roth, playing nice here with a family film, channels the early ’80s classics (E.T., The Goonies) to tell a story of another outcast kid coming to terms with a new situation. Themes champion individuality, families come in all shapes and sizes, and a most intriguing idea about coping with tragedy – move forward or go back?
  • [New] | Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Eli Roth got his start making gruesome thrillers like Cabin Fever and Hostel, but in his surprisingly kid-friendly new feature he trades dismemberment for Harry Potter-esque wizardry gone wild.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Keeps ticking over.
  • [New] | Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: If seeing Black and Blanchett throw magical fireballs around and trade insults with each other aren’t enough, the production design by Jon Hutman, in addition to the art and set decoration, as well as the costume design, should add that extra something for audiences.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: The House with a Clock in its Walls’ has some enchanting moments but mostly forgettable.