Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbour, Mrs Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy facade suddenly springs to life, revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses.


  • Actors I really like (Jack Black, Cate Blanchett) (+1/2)
  • Kid actor is NOT annoying (+1/2)
  • Fell asleep (plot a little long, dull) (-1/2)
  • Visuals are nice and imaginative, but ultimately just flashy (-1/2)
  • Met (but not exceeded) low expectations (+0)

I had no great expectations this was going to be a great movie, and it delivered no more, no less than promised. The plot won’t surprise you, and while some dialogues are interesting (between Jack Black and Cate Blanchett), it doesn’t get… well, magical.

Score: 5/10

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