Clue

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  • Summary: Here is the murderously funny movie based on the world-famous Clue board game. And now, with this special videocassette version, you can see all three surprise endings! Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth theHere is the murderously funny movie based on the world-famous Clue board game. And now, with this special videocassette version, you can see all three surprise endings! Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with a gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Meet all the notorious suspects and discover all their foul play things. You'll love their dastardly doings as the bodies and the laughs pile up before your eyes. (Paramount Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. 80
    Clue is campy, high-styled escapism. In a short 87 minutes that just zip by, the well-known board game's one-dimensional card figures like Professor Plum and others become multi-dimensional personalities with enough wit, neuroses and motives to intrigue even the most adept whodunnit solver.
  2. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Gerald Nachman
    63
    Unlike the game, Clue doesn't take murder seriously. Writer-director Jonathan Lynn has made a campy non-thriller rather than laying down the mystery and then having fun with it; the comedy kills the plot.
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    63
    There's a movie here, and there's a gimmick. The gimmick undermines the movie and the gimmick is attached to the wrong part of the movie. Other than that, Clue offers a few big laughs early on followed by a lot of characters running around on a treadmill to nowhere. [13 Dec 1985, p.38]
  4. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    40
    Inspired by the Parker Brothers board game of the same name, Clue is more frenetic than funny, more strained than suspenseful or scary. In fact, 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. [13 Dec 1985, p.6]
  5. Easily one of the most gimmicky films of all time, Clue must be the only movie in history to be adapted from a popular board game.
  6. 30
    The murder-mystery board game becomes a frantic, unfunny spoof (1985) under the direction of British TV writer Jonathan Lynn. The script recycles Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, with six guests invited by a mysterious host to spend the night in a creepy mansion, but instead of parodying the material Lynn simply surrounds it with extraneous pratfalls and wisecracks.
  7. Time
    Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    10
    The bad news for everyone else is that the colorfully named characters from Clue remain flat enough to be stored in a box, and that all three endings are unpersuasive. [23 Dec 1985, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 16, 2013
    10
    Clue is a cult classic... for a reason. It's biggest feat is taking 1 dimensional board game characters and turning them into regular (or notClue is a cult classic... for a reason. It's biggest feat is taking 1 dimensional board game characters and turning them into regular (or not so regular) people in 1954 who all meet at a house to find out why they've been invited. With some cheesy dialogue and improvisation by Madeleine Khan, Clue is campy, goofy fun! Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2016
    10
    This is by far my favorite silly movie of all time. The critics must have had a stick in or around their nether regions during the movie. I'mThis is by far my favorite silly movie of all time. The critics must have had a stick in or around their nether regions during the movie. I'm unsure how anyone could find this classic lacking in humor and wit. One of the very few movies I can watch over and over again. Expand
  3. DinahC.
    Aug 31, 2007
    10
    "Critics, I'd like to introduce you to this vial of crack. Crack, these are the critics. Oh, I see you've already met...." This "Critics, I'd like to introduce you to this vial of crack. Crack, these are the critics. Oh, I see you've already met...." This movie is phenomenal! Truly a classic. Campy? Without a doubt, but very very funny. Some of the jokes are so low key that even after several viewings I'm still catching new ones. I've now seen a hundred video games turned into movies and very few have been as good as when this was taken from a friggin' boardgame. That alone has to say something. Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2014
    9
    The critics are too hard on this movie. This movie is a funny spoof of Clue. I thought it would be bad, and I ended up loving it. The onlyThe critics are too hard on this movie. This movie is a funny spoof of Clue. I thought it would be bad, and I ended up loving it. The only thing I have bad to say about it would be the ending. I mean, the ending felt really rushed, and then it generated multiple endings, which I guess was to make up for it Expand
  5. Feb 10, 2016
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sometimes, the critics can produce some great reviews that make us wonder if we should see this certain movie or not, but on the other hand, they can just be SO CRUEL and shoot down some movies that really doesn't need all this hate. Clue is OH SO one of them.

    Clue was a movie released in 1985, distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Jonathan Lynn, and was based off the ever-so-popular board game by Parker Brothers.

    STORY:
    The time is New England, 1954. We arrive at the main setting of the film, the Boddy Mansion. We meet some new characters that weren't originally from the game, Wadsworth the butler(Tim Curry), and Yvette(Colleen Camp). Eventually, we meet the other characters, Col. Mustard(Martin Mull), Mrs. White(Madeline Kahn), Miss Scarlet(Lesley Ann Warren), Prof. Plum(Christopher Lloyd), Mrs. Peacock(Elieen Brennan), and Mr. Green(Michael McKean). It seems as if they're invited to a simple dinner party, that is until Mr. Boddy(Lee Ving) arrives, and Wadsworth spills the beans that they're being blackmailed by Boddy. When the secret comes out, Wadsworth announces that the police are coming, and tells them that they can arrest Boddy, with the secret exposed. Until Boddy gives them weapons, and shuts off the lights. A gunshot is fired, and Mr. Boddy is dead. With other multiple murders afoot, and more secrets to be exposed, Wadsworth, Yvette, and the six guests must solve the mystery as to who did it, where, and with what before the cops come.

    POSITIVES:
    1. The cast. How could you go wrong with Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Madeline Kahn, and Tim Curry in a comedy altogether?! Every performance I've seen was great, sure I noticed when they go down a bit, but their performances overall was great.

    2. It actually manages to excel in making a GOOD movie based on a board game. Comparing this to another board-game-movie, Battleship, Clue follows the plot of the game perfectly and takes a unique and different spin to the original, whereas in Battleship, it's spins are overused a lot, and tries to be mainstream Hollywood a lot.

    3. The ending. Oh, wait, sorry...endings. Yes, in hopes of more box-office-gross, they created THREE endings and randomly shown one of them all over theaters. Unfortunately, this didn't give them a lot of money. When the home-media releases came out, instead of having one different ending on select DVDs, they decided to add all the endings, and make one of them the REAL ending. For those that want to know about the three endings, well...I'll tell you, but I'd advise you to watch the whole movie before advancing further. Ending #1 has Yvette killing Mr. Boddy and the Cook, because she was under orders of Miss Scarlet, who murdered her later, along with the Motorist, the Cop, and the Singing Telegram. Ending #2 has Mrs. Peacock commit every single murder. And Ending #3 has Plum kill Boddy, Peacock kill the Cook, Mustard kill the Motorist, White kill Yvette, Scarlet kill the Cop, and in a shocking twist, Wadsworth kills the Singing Telegram, and reveals himself to be Mr. Boddy. Mr. Green reveals himself as an FBI plant and kills Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy.

    NEGATIVES:
    Honestly, I can only find one negative with the movie, and that is the plotholes with the endings. The Peacock ending is impossible, because when the gang splits up, she searches the cellar with Plum. It's virtually impossible for her to shut off the electricity, commit all the murders, and hurry back to the cellar. The Everyone ending has so many plotholes, it'll make your head spin. First off, Peacock killing the Cook. How in the world can she hurry over to the kitchen to kill the Cook, then speed back to the Study? Next, Mustard killing the Motorist. How does he know about the secret passages and use them to kill the Motorist, yet when he's with Scarlet, why is he so clueless? Unless Yvette told him about it while they were playing pattycake, it makes no sense. And finally, White killing Yvette. Again, why do these characters have this sudden power to run over to a certain location to kill this certain person, then hurry their asses back to where they were originally?! But, those are just nitpicks. It is said that plotholes don't ruin a movie.

    FINAL VERDICT:
    Don't listen to the critics on this one. Clue is an excellent campy movie with memorable characters, a great setting, catchy soundtrack, and above all, a great movie based on the just-as-great board game. "Okay Chief, take 'em away. I'm gonna go home and sleep with my wife." ~Mr. Green
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  6. Feb 26, 2013
    8
    A film which doesn't care and is all the better for not doing so. Tim Curry's presence brings what would be a forgettable film to the cusp ofA film which doesn't care and is all the better for not doing so. Tim Curry's presence brings what would be a forgettable film to the cusp of superb-ness. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2013
    6
    Despite what other critics may think, I found the film to be greatly set-up as far as the humour. With that being said, I will admit it couldDespite what other critics may think, I found the film to be greatly set-up as far as the humour. With that being said, I will admit it could have used a little more subtlety and a little less "cardboard" from the game. Expand

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