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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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. 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. 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. 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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    38
    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. 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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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. Mar 2, 2012
    10
    Its a cult classic for a reason. Its funny and entertaining to watch, Tim Curry definently makes this movie. I have watched this film numerous times and I have yet to get sick of it. Expand
  2. Jul 26, 2013
    10
    The film is totally underrated by the critics. I found the actors doing a good.
    The film is funny mostly. The humor isn't that bad, it's
    pretty funny.
    The plot is very interesting even in the second or the third time you watch the movie.
    It's a great film to pass the weekend or watch with friends
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  3. 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 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
  4. Nov 27, 2011
    8
    It does take a little to get in the film but when you do, Its down right hilarious. The cast isnt all that good but Tim Curry does a good job at carrying them through out the film and he alone makes it that much better. Expand
  5. 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 of superb-ness. Expand
  6. 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 could have used a little more subtlety and a little less "cardboard" from the game. Expand

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