Clifford (1994)

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Versatile Canadian comedian Martin Short plays a 10-year old boy in this comedy aimed at younger audiences. The tale is told in flashback to another little boy. Clifford is a manipulative brat. Clifford really wants to visit Dinosaur World in Los Angeles. Clifford wants to go so badly that he manages to force the Hawaii bound plane he and his parents are on to land in L.A. His parents need to attend a convention in Hawaii so they leave him with his Uncle Martin who despises children. Martin's fiance adores kids, so he pretends to be ecstatic about Clifford's visit. He must also pretend that Clifford is the angel child he isn't. Because Martin reneges on a promise to take him to Dinosaur World, Clifford begins an elaborate plot for revenge.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Studio:
MGM

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Cast

Richard Kind
as Julien
Martin Short
as Clifford
Ben Savage
as Roger
Linda Hoffman
as 2nd Stewardess
Tim Stack
as Kevin's Father
G.D. Spradlin
as Parker
Richard Fancy
as 1st Detective
Anne Jeffreys
as Annabelle
Brandis Kemp
as Woman on Plane
Jennifer Savidge
as Theodora
Don Galloway
as Captain
Barry Dennen
as Terry the Pterodactyl
Annabel Schofield
as Woman at Party
James 'Gypsy' Haake
as Transvestite
Marianne Muellerleile
as Kevin's Mother
Al Pugliese
as 2nd Detective
David Byrd
as Senator
Greg Blanchard
as Man at Party
Tim Lane
as Navigator
Susan Varon
as Woman Passer-By
Akuyoe
as Airport Claims Clerk
Natalie Core
as Older Woman at Party
Sherlynn Hicks
as Female Photographer
Sonia Jackson
as May Ella
Bergen Williams
as Female Security Agent
R. Leo Schreiber
as 2nd Servant
Anthony S. Johnson
as 1st Servant
Jesse Stock
as Daycare Center Child
Josh Seal
as Kevin
Megan Kloner
as Daycare Center Child
Creighton Douglas II
as Daycare Center Child
Shelley DeSai
as Mini-mart Clerk
Gary Byron
as Matthew
Patricia Bell
as Train Passenger
Jane Sullivan
as Train Passenger
James Cary Flynn
as Mitchell the Gate Guard
Alicia Gilbert
as Teen at Party
Kelly Shane Rivers
as Teen at Party
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Critic Reviews for Clifford

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Orion serves up another long-on-the-shelf turkey with this gimmicky, poorly conceived comedy.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
New York Times
Top Critic

Remember when Martin Short was funny?

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Clifford is not bad on the acting, directing or even writing levels. It fails on a deeper level still, the level of the underlying conception. Something about the material itself is profoundly not funny. Irredeemably not funny.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Witless slapstick with leering, obnoxious man-child.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Clifford

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

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 Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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 Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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