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Comedy . Action . Thriller . Science Fiction . Family . Adventure

Until now, Zak Gibbs' greatest challenge has been to find a way to buy a car. But when he discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father's various inventions and slips it on -- something very strange happens. The world around him seems to come to a stop, everything and everybody frozen in time. Zak quickly learns how to manipulate the device and he and his quick-witted and beautiful new friend, Francesca, start to have some real fun.

Actors: Ken Jenkins , Jason George , Lindze Letherman , Garikayi Mutambirwa , Julia Sweeney , Michael Biehn , French Stewart , Robin Thomas Grossman , Paula Garcés , Jesse Bradford
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Country: USA
Release: 2002-03-29
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  • Jan Stuart

    Exceptionally user-friendly for the technologically challenged among us and rides over its less inspired patches on a wave of cheeky humor.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    A competent, unpretentious entertainment destined to fill the after-school slot at shopping mall theaters across the country.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The result is mixed bag, an intermittently pleasing but mostly routine effort.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Tries and winds up with a pleasant, if forgettable, romp of a film.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Loren King

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    To be fair, Clockstoppers isn't a bad film, merely bereft of creativity and personality.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Intermittently fun, but mostly just efficiently passable.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    This moves back and forth between slightly clever and dopey or silly, kept vaguely watchable by the charming leads.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Russell Smith

    Pack the kids off to the multiplex with an easy conscience and forgiving critical sensibility.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Damien Cave

    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. Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    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.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Koehler

    A blandly conceived youth adventure lacking zing or style.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Benign but forgettable sci-fi diversion.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    With Clockstoppers, Frakes hobbles along with a high-concept film that doesn't live up to its potential.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Eric Campos

    If I had the ability to engage in hyper-time, I would’ve ran up to the box office, snatched my money and left.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Its most redeeming quality is that it's so inoffensive parents can feel OK about taking kids.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Stops time, all right -- it stretches 94 minutes into something that begins to feel like infinity.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    After the first hour, it starts to convince you that time really can stand still.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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