Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. 70
    Exceptionally user-friendly for the technologically challenged among us and rides over its less inspired patches on a wave of cheeky humor.
  2. 63
    The movie has been produced by Nickelodeon, and will no doubt satisfy its intended audience enormously. It does not cross over into the post-Nickelodeon universe.
  3. They may not have made another "Back to the Future," but to their credit, the makers of Clockstoppers don't patronize or underestimate their pre-teen audience nearly as much as has become customary.
  4. 60
    A competent, unpretentious entertainment destined to fill the after-school slot at shopping mall theaters across the country.
  5. After the first hour, it starts to convince you that time really can stand still.
  6. The result is mixed bag, an intermittently pleasing but mostly routine effort.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Tries and winds up with a pleasant, if forgettable, romp of a film.
  8. 50
    The film doesn't have enough innovation or pizazz to attract teenagers, and it lacks the novel charm that made ''Spy Kids'' a surprising winner with both adults and younger audiences.
  9. There's a scientific law to be discerned here that producers would be well to heed: Mediocre movies start to drag as soon as the action speeds up; when the explosions start, they fall to pieces.
  10. To be fair, Clockstoppers isn't a bad film, merely bereft of creativity and personality.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    Intermittently fun, but mostly just efficiently passable.
  12. If I were 13, I might be sufficiently entranced by the movie's bicycle stunts (down stairs! across countertops!) and wouldn't be wondering why ideas for science fiction films haven't progressed very far from "Star Trek's" first seasons all those decades ago.
  13. This moves back and forth between slightly clever and dopey or silly, kept vaguely watchable by the charming leads.
  14. 40
    Although it looks like an action thriller with a sci-fi twist, the bad guys aren't scary (Biehn's soul patch notwithstanding), the sci-fi element is silly and the action is limited to some extreme bike riding and computer-generated zipping around.
  15. Pack the kids off to the multiplex with an easy conscience and forgiving critical sensibility.
  16. Reviewed by: Damien Cave
    40
    What Clockstoppers achieves in acting and decent special effects, it undermines with weak dialogue and directing. The movie isn't bad; it just makes you wish that certain scenes could be hypertimed into oblivion.
  17. 40
    Botches what could be the most mischievous power since Scott Baio's telekinesis in the 1982 comedy "Zapped!": a wristwatch that speeds up time for the user until the rest of the world seems to be standing still.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    A blandly conceived youth adventure lacking zing or style.
  19. Benign but forgettable sci-fi diversion.
  20. With Clockstoppers, Frakes hobbles along with a high-concept film that doesn't live up to its potential.
  21. 25
    Not enough to keep Clockstoppers from turning viewers into clock-watchers.
  22. Reviewed by: Eric Campos
    20
    If I had the ability to engage in hyper-time, I would’ve ran up to the box office, snatched my money and left.
  23. Its most redeeming quality is that it's so inoffensive parents can feel OK about taking kids.
  24. Stops time, all right -- it stretches 94 minutes into something that begins to feel like infinity.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Guy!
    Apr 26, 2007
    2
    A perfectly good idea, but sadly wasted. This movie is like a matrix movie intended for 4-year-olds.
  2. Mar 2, 2014
    4
    Clockstoppers is just a middling, PG-rated tween movie with nothing more to offer than entertainment. Although it doesn't bring anything new to the table, the kids should enjoy it. Full Review »
  3. Mar 24, 2013
    8
    Clockstoppers seemed like a Back To The Future rip off to me, but I'd wanted to see the it because I am a Sci-Fi geek and it was directed by Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes. My expectations weren't very high and the story, based in Science Fiction, had the potentially of being too hard for audiences to understand. The writers decided to go another way with it and put this unique, experimental technology in the accidental hands of a teenager, and then marketed the whole package to young adults. It sounded a bit sketchy to me too and that's why it took me almost ten years to see it, but what I learned from this film, you can never judge a DVD by it's cover. Clockstoppers combines Einstein's Theory of Relativity with teenage rebellion in an action packed film that will really leave you on the edge of your seat. The story starts when a former student of Prof. George Gibbs sends him a prototype, of a watch, that speeds up your molecules to the point where it looks like everything else is standing still. Prof. Gibbs soon leaves to go on vacation when his son finds the watch and wears it out, thinking it's a normal watch. Once he learns the truth, other Clockstoppers show up to try and kill him, and that's when the film really gets going. The acting and special effects aren't really what draws you into Clockstoppers, it's the story, which throws you in every single direction and leaves you craving more. This was a film that was at the bottom of my list, that I watched because it was short and it was streaming. I was just looking for something to watch before bed, and what I found instead was a terrific Science Fiction adventure that fell way under the radar. Full Review »