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Clue (1985)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers board game of the same name. On a dark and stormy night in 1954, six individuals with ties to Washington are assembled for a dinner party at the swanky mansion of one Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving). Boddy's butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), assigns each guest a colorful name: Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Professor Plum … More

Rating:
PG (violence)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 27, 2000
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Clue

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (10) | DVD (11)

It's not the least bit scary or suspenseful but instead quickly grows tedious. The more you struggle to keep track of the constantly multiplying plot developments, the harder it gets to care who did it.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Only Lesley Ann Warren, as a tough-talking madam, finds an effective level of stylization, using her leggy physique and wildly expressive features to create a cartoonish figure that's funny within its own boundaries.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The characters are less credible than their plastic counterparts, the puerile humour is dispiriting, and the plotting pulled this way and that by the conceit of releasing the film in the US with a trio of alternate endings.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One ending is more than enough.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Though it takes only 87 minutes to arrive at one of its three different solutions, it has long since worn out its welcome by the denouement.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Easily one of the most gimmicky films of all time ...

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If Clue falls a bit short of the mark, it remains a likeable artifact of talented people giving a ridiculous task the old college try... [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | September 23, 2012
Groucho Reviews

Mostly successful and entirely strange... a comic [mystery] that doubles as a parody and triples as an ironic deconstruction of the form.

Full Review… | May 20, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

The board game is a lot more fun.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

the endings are almost intended to be seen sequentially, and they are the funniest when viewed in that manner

July 21, 2006

Curry steals the show in this fun and frantic comedy.

June 20, 2005

Like a well-oiled machine, "Clue" uses slapstick and situational humor to tell a rather pointed story.

April 17, 2005
Cinema Sight

Frenetic, silly, but not as bad as is often claimed.

March 9, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As a game and as a movie, Clue is fun.

Full Review… | August 22, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Honestly, it was much, much funnier than it had any right to be.

July 20, 2004
Needcoffee.com

goofy and entertaining

July 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

A great movie to get drunk to.

December 4, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Like a stage farce brought (laboriously) to the screen. An inexhaustible ensemble helps a whole lot.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Deserves its own little niche in camp cinema history.

April 11, 2002
New Times

The greatest thing about this movie is the way it brings the game's little details to life.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Clue

½

dumb game, dumb movie

LoughnerWasLucid
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

This film based on the popular board game is actually a surprising treat. Although not perfect, this is a well acted movie with an entertaining story. Clue has an impressive cast of talented actors. The film is entertaining from start to finish, but at times, you can clearly see where the filmmakers seemed to rush on the ideas. I'm actually surprised that they were able to make something watchable while using a board game as a basis for its plot. Years later, they would do the same thing with Battleship, but varied to decent results. I have to say Clue is a fun movie to watch if you're in the right state of mind, and it will keep you guessing right up till the very end. The cast here are what keep you interested from the first frame onwards, and even for all its flaws, it's worth seeing and is not as bad as you'd think. With what the filmmakers had to work with, Clue is an average, worthwhile viewing experience that could have been far worst, but is lots of fun from start to finish. Don't go into this one expecting a great film, you won't find it here and there is plenty of aspects that could have been improved upon, but for what it, Clue is mindless thrills and entertainment and is a better movie than Peter Berg's Battleship. Like I said before, the cast make it work, and there is enough varied talent to really make a watchable movie that is entertaining, but flawed. Despite its shortcomings, there are enough good things on-screen to make it worth checking out.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

This scream-out-loud farce contains more than your daily recommended serving of puns and a healthy dollop of licentiousness. Seeing present-day established actors in their first roles also brings a nice nostalgia factor.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

Mrs. White: Well, one of us must have killed him! 

"It's Not Just A Game Anymore"

There's one word that perfectly describes Clue, and that would be "amusing." The movie isn't great or all that hilarious, but what it is, is amusing. From start to finish, it's watchable. It has stretches that are funny and stretches that are boring. It's pretty much unremarkable in every way. Still it manages to be amusing enough to merit a watch. 

Most of the amusement I am talking about comes from Tim Curry. I've always enjoyed watching Curry. He has a way of making bad movies watchable. Look at IT for example. His performance as Pennywise is the sole reason I still enjoy that made-for-tv movie; not to mention it is also the reason I lost nights of sleep as a young child. Curry plays the Butler and creates the most laughs out of any of the actors. He also just always gives entertaining performances and this is no different.

Clue is obviously based off of the board game, which happened to be one of my favorite games as a kid. The film is one of those murder mysteries that happens all in one night and in one house. Everyone there is a suspect and the bodies continue to pile up as they all try to piece together who the killer is. The movie does manage to create just enough laughs using this plot, but nowhere near the amount a movie like Murder by Death did.

Clue is very average and uneventful. There's nothing here that really needs to be seen. You probably aren't going to laugh out loud that much. You probably aren't going to be that impressed. At the end of the movie though, you will at least be able to say it was amusing.

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Melvin White

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Clue Quotes


Wadsworth: Three murders. Mr. Green: Six altogether. Wadsworth: This is getting serious.
– Submitted by Kevin R (7 months ago)
Col. Mustard: Do you like Kipling Miss Scarlet? Miss Scarlet: Sure I'll eat anything.
– Submitted by Kevin R (7 months ago)
Miss Scarlet: Why has the car stopped? Prof. Plum: It's frightened.
– Submitted by Kevin R (7 months ago)
Mrs. White: Yes, I did it. I killed Yvette. I hated her so much, it...it...it... flames... flames, on the sides of my face, breathing...breathless...heaping breaths... heaping.[Wadsworth interrupts]
– Submitted by Shane L (2 years ago)
Wadsworth: You see? Like the Mounties, we always get our man. Mr. Green: Mrs. Peacock was a man?! [Colonel Mustard slaps Mr. Green, who turns to get slapped by Wadsworth]
– Submitted by Emily I (2 years ago)
Miss Scarlet: Wadsworth, don't hate me for trying to shoot you. Wadsworth: Frankly Scarlet, i don't give a damn. As i was trying to tell you there are no more bullets left in this gun see. [gun shot].
– Submitted by Daniel R (2 years ago)

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