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Ill-conceived and desperately unfunny, Clifford stars Martin Short as a 10-year-old boy. You read that correctly. That's the joke. Read critic reviews

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When his brother asks him to look after his young son, Clifford (Martin Short), Martin Daniels (Charles Grodin) agrees, taking the boy into his home and introducing him to his future wife, Sarah (Mary Steenburgen). Clifford is fixated on the idea of visiting a famed theme park, and Martin, an engineer who helped build the park, makes plans to take him. But, when Clifford reveals himself to be a first-rate brat, his uncle goes bonkers, and a loony inter-generational standoff ensues.

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Martin Short
Clifford Daniels
Charles Grodin
Martin Daniels
Dabney Coleman
Gerald Ellis
Richard Kind
Julien Daniels
Jennifer Savidge
Theodora Daniels
G.D. Spradlin
Parker Davis
Anne Jeffreys
Annabelle Davis
William Porter
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Steven Kampmann
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John A. Alonzo
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Tim Board
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Richard Gibbs
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Russell Christian
Production Design
Bernie Cutler
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Catherine Mann
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Robert De Mora
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Critic Reviews for Clifford

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (27)

  • The kid is obnoxious from start to finish, and the way he fantasizes about his uncle's girlfriend (Mary Steenburgen) is tasteless.

    December 28, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Clifford, starring Martin Short as a precociously nasty 10-year-old, is not a good movie. It's not even good/bad. But Short has a few of those laugh-out-loud moments.

    December 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Clifford never quite finds its tone. The course of the plot has an inevitability about it that is about as wearying as it is reassuring... And yet Clifford is intermittently hilarious, mainly thanks to Short's performance.

    December 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Orion serves up another long-on-the-shelf turkey with this gimmicky, poorly conceived comedy.

    January 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Now let's have a show of hands: how many want to see Martin Short play a ten-year-old brat who makes everybody miserable and winds up staying with his uncle (Charles Grodin) in Los Angeles for a week?

    January 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • When Martin puts Clifford on a harrowing hyperspeed version of the Larry the Scary Rex ride, the special effects are impressive, but not worth waiting for.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • The kid is obnoxious from start to finish, and the way he fantasizes about his uncle's girlfriend (Mary Steenburgen) is tasteless.

    December 28, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Clifford, starring Martin Short as a precociously nasty 10-year-old, is not a good movie. It's not even good/bad. But Short has a few of those laugh-out-loud moments.

    December 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Clifford never quite finds its tone. The course of the plot has an inevitability about it that is about as wearying as it is reassuring... And yet Clifford is intermittently hilarious, mainly thanks to Short's performance.

    December 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Orion serves up another long-on-the-shelf turkey with this gimmicky, poorly conceived comedy.

    January 8, 2008 | Full Review…
  • There's Short's ability to milk moments for everything they're worth, giving the part his all, and such enthusiasm supports the endeavor through some incredibly iffy ideas.

    September 21, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Short's bizarre casting is the only reason for Clifford to exist. Aside from that, this is an unimaginative, ill-begotten comedy about a bad little boy.

    December 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Clifford

  • Nov 28, 2012
    An utterly stupid film that is as enjoyable as it is weird if only you accept it for what it is. Obviously, Citizen Kane this is not. This movie had no chance at any sort of success having sat on the shelf for three years while Orion Pictures was in bankruptcy. When they emerged, they released a number of oddball films that were barely straight to video quality. But Clifford has some charm and some virtues to it, namely, the ridiculous and absurd lead role played by Martin Short with as much energy and good intentions as possible. Ultimately, I cannot call this a "good" movie. It's a bad movie that has a special place in my heart which even caused me to name my cat after Clifford's dinosaur, Stephan.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2012
    This is one of those family films that just don't work. The use of comedy here is so bad and painful; it made me hate Martin Short afterwards. This film failed as a comedy, it wasn't funny, and the acting and story were horrible. I hated this film as a kid, and I think it's one of the worst family films ever made. I thought that the story was so stupid, and the acting was over the top that it wasn't even fun to watch. Martin Short is horrible here, and honestly I don't get why he's viewed as a comedic genius, he's horrible. This film started out fun, but ended on such a mean spirited note that it ruined the film for me. In the end, the film is a pointless comedy that misses the mark of being memorable, fun and entertaining, because this is a film that ends being mean, because Clifford is just a selfish brat, and you end not caring whatsoever for the character. In fact all you want to do is hit the guy upside the head. This film is not worth your time, and if you're looking for something good you won't find it here. This film was bad, pointless and a total misfire from start to finish. This is just a mean spirited film that doesn't have any charm, and it falls flat. I've avoided other Martin Short films after seeing this, although I saw Mars Attacks because he was a fairly minor character. The guy really creeps me out, and with this film, he really made me feel creeped out. Simply a bad film, not worth your time.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2011
    The screenplay is not the best, but Clifford have an odd and involving dark humor. Sometimes not so funny, but that call the attention. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2009
    Still just as funny as I remembered it was when I saw it over 10 years ago. Regardless of its silliness Martin Short does an amazing acting like an impossible to like little kid.
    James A Super Reviewer

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