Action / Comedy

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten13%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright67%
IMDb Rating5.4107823


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Martin Short as Clifford Daniels
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Mary Steenburgen as Sarah Davis
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Richard Kind as Julien Daniels
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Dabney Coleman as Gerald Ellis
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1 hr 29 min
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English 2.0
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MovieAddict201610 / 10

I can understand why peopl may dislike it, but I can't understand why people literally hate it - it's not all THAT strange...

The thin line between insanity and brilliance often amazes me. On one hand we have films like "Clifford," the 1994 box office disaster starring Charles Grodin and Martin Short, that everyone claimed was one of the worst films of all time. Then we have the "Being John Malkovich"es, that are so strange and weird, yet everyone calls them masterpieces. What's the difference? One is a comedy people went into expecting something straight-forward, and the other is a piece of art? Puh-lease.

The tagline for "Clifford" reads, "What's the difference between Clifford and a pit bull? One will tear your heart out, scare your friends and wreck your house. The other one is a dog." If you found that tagline funny, "Clifford" is for you. If not, then it is not for you. Personal taste comes into play here very much.

I personally enjoy "Clifford." Call me a horrible filmgoer, I don't care. It's just with all the crap I've seen in my days, "Clifford" is not only a pretty good movie when compared to others, but also a refreshingly naughty comedy. It unfortunately falls apart in the last ten minutes, really getting crazy. But then again, so did "Malkovich."

The film opens up in the year 2050. A young troublemaker is trying to escape from a futuristic private school. He is stopped, however, by Father Clifford (Martin),who looks like Dick Clark's lovechild with...well...Martin Short. Anyway, Clifford sits the boy down and teaches him a lesson. He tells him a story from when he was younger, and when he was a practical joker. More like a homicidal maniac.

Clifford's story begins in present day. Clifford is now a small boy, but he is still played by Martin Short, oddly enough. At first he appears a normal enough child, happy and bright and just a bit overly creepy. Clifford and his parents are on a flight to Hawaii for business purposes. Clifford wants to land in LA to visit "Dinosaur World," a theme park that I would have loved to visit when I was a dinosaur-crazy kid myself.

Through Clifford's evil, creepy and manipulative ways, he gets into the cockpit and almost crashlands the plane. The pilot decides to land in LA to make sure the aircraft is unharmed.

In LA, Clifford's parents drop him off with his Uncle Martin (Charles Grodin),an aspiring architect, busy with his fiancee (Mary Steenburgen) and plans for a new Los Angeles subway route. His pesky boss (Dabney Coleman) is always on Uncle Martin's case, so he has barely enough time to devote to Clifford. Clifford's parents leave, they fly back to Hawaii, and Clifford gets anxious. He wants - or needs - to visit Dinosaur World as soon as possible, and Uncle Martin just keeps blowing him off. This makes Clifford mad.

You may be wondering what happens when Clifford gets mad. In all truth, it's best not to spoil it. He doesn't turn green, he doesn't grow extremely large and bear muscles - he just unleashes ultimate havoc upon those opposing him. Take, for example, the scene where Clifford, mad at his Uncle Martin for going back on his word (he said he'd take Clifford to Dino World and didn't),puts hot sauce in Uncle Martin's bloody mary, so that when Uncle Martin goes to propose a toast his throat gets a bit hoarse. Or when Clifford pieces together recordings of his uncle to make it sound as if he has a bomb planted under City Hall.

Clifford is the ultimate pest, a spawn of Satan. Everyone knows someone like Clifford, but Martin Short stretches his character a bit more. Clifford is an odd child. He responds with gleeful joy and says things like, "Oh, yes, my dear Uncle Martin!" We are supposed to sympathize with Clifford by the end of the film, but the problem is that we don't know how or what to sympathize with. Short makes Clifford more of a devil than a rascal, and we never truly get the sense that he is a human. By the end of the film, we're not all that sure if Clifford is human or not, or whether that evil streak is gone, and that is one of the film's flaws. Other than that, it's a general OK comedy. People don't seem to like it very much - at all - but I have seen much, much worse, and in all truth I actually laughed at this movie. More than once. Which is more than I can say for films like "Daddy Day Care." Yep, "Clifford" is OK by me.

3/5 stars -

Reviewed by FiendishDramaturgy8 / 10

Generally Despised, But Not By Me

This work falls in there with movies like Howard the Duck, Oliver Stone's Alexander, Cherry 2000, and Taylor's Cleopatra in that tons of money was spent in the making, only to have the audiences reject the work.

None of the works named stunk, indeed, there are endearing moments and qualities to every ONE of those works, but as far as average audiences were concerned, they were dismal disappointments, for one reason or another. Clifford is generally considered to have fallen into that category.

Martin Short portrays a 90 year old priest, and a 10 year old holy terror of a child who will do anything he can (and what he can do is formidable) to get to Dinosaur World to fulfill his dream.

I found this work amusing. I was highly entertained by Clifford's constant, non-stop, one track obsession and his total lack of that little voice which tells most people that their inappropriate actions are a BAD idea! It makes me thankful I'm not raising children at this point in my life; that part of my life is done, so I can appreciate the humor herein.

I do not understand why this work is generally despised, other than Clifford IS a holy terror. He is the epitome of the Demon Seed. But the work is endearingly quirky, amusing, and entertaining.

I liked it and own it. It rates a 7.8/10 from...

the Fiend :.

Reviewed by MartinHafer1 / 10

About as much fun as a case of Ebola.

Clifford (Martin Short) is an obnoxious child who is making his parents' lives a living hell. To get a break, they send him to his uncle (Charles Grodin) to stay for the weekend. There, Clifford torments the uncle...and audiences with his antics.

"Clifford" is one of those incredibly ill-conceived films that makes you wonder who thought this would be a good idea in the first place. Imagine making a film very much like "Problem Child" but with an adult inexplicably playing the kid and you have "Clifford". Rarely have I hated a film this much and the actors involved with it. The film never is funny but is often cruel and unfunny. I have a hard time seeing how this film has an almost average rating, as there is literally nothing about the movie I liked.

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