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Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Stephanie Berla & Mathias Malzieu

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About the Movie

Edinburgh, 1874. On the coldest day in the history of the world, little Jack is born with his heart frozen solid. Wasting no time, midwife Madeleine takes action and saves his life by inserting a cuckoo-clock in place of his icy heart. And now Jack will live…as long as he observes three golden rules: He must never touch the hands of the clock. He must master his anger. He must never, ever fall in love. But fall in love he does, to a bespectacled young street performer, Miss Acacia, with a soul-stirring voice. Now begins a journey of escape and pursuit, from Edinburgh to Paris to Miss Acacia’s home in Andalusia. Based on the novel by Mathias Malzieu, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a fantastical, wildly inventive tale of love and heartbreak — by turns poignant and funny — in which Jack finally learns the great joys, and ultimately the greater costs, of owning a fully formed heart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Malzieu has created a fully-realized, wildly imaginative storybook world and populated it with eccentric characters. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Mar 17, 2014

Rotten: "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" stubbornly remains less than the sum of its parts. But its rich visual imagery suggests the talented artists involved could create something exciting and truly original if they had a better script. – Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times, Sep 23, 2014

Fresh: The story is scratchy, and Malzieu's songs don't always translate well, but the visual aesthetic is tactile and sublime. – Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age, Jan 6, 2018

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Customer Reviews

They talk like they come from another country!


BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



!st off, i'm not a child but my daughter loves tim burton. I started watching family movies about when nightmare before christmas. The 2 main ones were the corpse bride,sweeney todd,and many more. We watched all the pixar,then the popular ones. This movie is a wonderful tale about love,being different,not meeting the criteria. What baffles me is i consider this a musical as well.I love the european style,accents,cgi. The acting was great, the characters presented themselves with much style. Might not hold a very young child's attention. The thing about the animation wasn't so much, as to all the detail in the backround. Imagination blended with a sharp unique touch of british singing,by the way was awesome,and how the plot was eccentric because of the artwork in the backround.I have not seen a movie like this in along time.This is a definite purchase for me! Looking forward to see more from this director. A movie beyond the norm. Europe hits again! This is like Edward Scissorhands meets David bowie theatre. This movie is geared for kids that liked edward , relates to relationships.


This movie was so originally done. I loved it. My six year old, however, did not. I wouldn't say this is a kids' movie. In the first 5 minutes there's someone giving birth, animated in a shadow, but birth nonetheless.
For an adult movie, or teen, I would recommend it. It seems like something Nick Cave would make if he were a filmmaker.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2014

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