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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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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 21, 2014
    10
    This movie is fun to watch when it comes on television. It's a cult classic and that's because like 'Friday' or 'Night At The Roxbury' it delivers a good sense of what it was created for, in this case, mystery with a comedic plot. I give it a 10 for the simple reason that the last time I've seen this movie was 8 years ago and I still remember it. It's a cult classic because it's so memorable. Expand
  3. NikJ.
    Jul 19, 2007
    10
    Terribly underrated by the critics! This comedy is a fantastic well-thought spoof and has many subtle references to the Cold War at home. The once flat board game characters become multi-personalities that are each played well by comic geniuses. And the movie even has a Pulp Fiction/Citizen Kane element to it, as in you can watch it many times and still find something new and interesting about it (of course that could just be me since when I use to watch it I was a little kid, and now that I'm older I have a larger understanding of things). Sure some of the stuff doesn't make sense, but the movie even pokes fun at that too. Besides, it's a comedy, doesn't really have to make that much sense. My second favorite comedy of all-time (next to The Holy Grail). F*ck the critics! Expand
  4. 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 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
  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 28, 2014
    8
    Great campy fun! Clue is often held with cult classic status--due largely because of its overwhelming love, despite panning from critics. An ensemble of actors like none other. 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 could have used a little more subtlety and a little less "cardboard" from the game. Expand

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