Clifford (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Clifford (1994)



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

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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.

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Martin Short
as Clifford
Anne Jeffreys
as Annabelle
Brandis Kemp
as Woman on Plane
Don Galloway
as Captain
Tim Lane
as Navigator
Susan Varon
as Woman Passer-By
Josh Seal
as Kevin
Tim Stack
as Kevin's Father
Marianne Muellerleile
as Kevin's Mother
Megan Kloner
as Daycare Center Child
Jesse Stock
as Daycare Center Child
Creighton Douglas II
as Daycare Center Child
Linda Hoffman
as 2nd Stewardess
Shelley DeSai
as Mini-mart Clerk
David Byrd
as Senator
Gary Byron
as Matthew
Anthony S. Johnson
as 1st Servant
R. Leo Schreiber
as 2nd Servant
Greg Blanchard
as Man at Party
Annabel Schofield
as Woman at Party
Natalie Core
as Older Woman at Party
Sonia Jackson
as May Ella
Bergen Williams
as Female Security Agent
as Airport Claims Clerk
Richard Fancy
as 1st Detective
Al Pugliese
as 2nd Detective
Patricia Bell
as Train Passenger
Jane Sullivan
as Train Passenger
James 'Gypsy' Haake
as Transvestite
Sherlynn Hicks
as Female Photographer
Barry Dennen
as Terry the Pterodactyl
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 (31) | Top Critics (10)

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

December 27, 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 27, 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 27, 2018

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…

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


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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