Clifford's Really Big Movie Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Charming and harmless. Nap while your kid enjoys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Reel.com
August 25, 2004
So, how big is Clifford's Really Big Movie? Maybe too big for a toddler's britches.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 30, 2004
Some children might find Clifford's tale on the tame side, but at least as many parents will be happily surprised by the warm and cuddly tone.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 28, 2004
Clifford's Really Big Movie is easily consumed and disposed of entertainment for the small fry...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karen Karbo
Oregonian
April 26, 2004
The animation has cheap-and-fast written all over it. It's so chintzy, the characters look as if they've come straight from a box of Colorforms.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
When clapping broke out close to the end of Clifford's Really Big Movie -- the clapping of little hands, I might add, and not big ones -- it felt as spontaneous and as heartfelt an expression of youthful joy as I have heard in a long time.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 23, 2004
A slightly distended version of the television program, here voiced by some of the best actors in the animation business, including the late, great John Ritter in the title role.
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
April 23, 2004
Modest in the best sense of the word, this traditional animated film adheres closely to the gentle, easygoing tone of the hugely popular PBS series.
| Original Score: 3/4
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
April 23, 2004
The messages are honest and not slathered. The characters are kind, amusing and, by now, quite familiar (author Norman Birdwell created Clifford and friends some 40 years ago).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
April 23, 2004
Despite the movie's rather unoriginal story -- that age-old plot about running off to the join the circus -- at least the filmmakers have created something which, though a little bland, is never crass or vulgar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Louise Kennedy
Boston Globe
April 23, 2004
It's not dreadful, just dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2004
Though not exactly a gripping experience for adults, parents have reason to be grateful for a movie that has been so carefully tailored to preschool to first-grade sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
April 22, 2004
Should delight most four-year-olds and won't torture parents (much) in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
April 22, 2004
Unlike television cartoons that sell their souls to make the leap to the big screen, this animated G-rated film is faithful to Norman Bridwell's beloved book series about the big red dog.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
April 22, 2004
Trades in easygoing humor to peddle its message of bigheartedness.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 22, 2004
The limited animation style looks static on the big screen and the movie is too long for its age group even at 75 minutes. (It was too long for my age group, too.)
| Original Score: C
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 19, 2004
A really big yawn...No one whose age is into double digits will find much to enjoy in this gentle, innocuous and very dull feature.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
March 6, 2004
Just okay. My kids enjoyed it, although my daughter said she wouldn't mind not seeing it again.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2004
Belies its name with its formulaic storytelling and lackluster animation.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 20, 2004
Plays like a two-part episode of Clifford's really small TV show.
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