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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Orion serves up another long-on-the-shelf turkey with this gimmicky, poorly conceived comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A weird movie that could have stood to be weirder still."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One to cross off your CV Marty"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The DVD should come with a free bottle of aspirin."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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?"
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Remember when Martin Short was funny?"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A hellish, horrible experience wasting the talents of all involved."
‑ Neil Cohen, Echo Magazine
"[The film] isn't nearly as bad as it's been made out to be."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Clifford is the worst comedy since Captain Ron or Pure Luck or Cross My Heart... come to think of it, they all starred Martin Short, too."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Witless slapstick with leering, obnoxious man-child."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"One can't help but laugh at Short's nutty rendition of an unctous little 10-year-old devil, and Grodin's angry reactions are equally funny as his increasingly exasperated uncle."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Worse than you can imagine."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Grodin's a fine foil and Steenburgen has some lovely, loopy bits, but their characters are handled mildly, almost naturalistically, and that spills onto Clifford, too. Which is deadly here."
‑ Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
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