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Clue Review

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  • 2.0

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    there is so little genuine wit to be found in ''Clue.'' The film does have a speedy pace, but that could hardly be confused with Mr. Hawks's madcap humor; instead, it involves a lot of running around through secret passages, and some slapstick routines involving dead bodies. The actors are meant to function as an ensemble, but that merely means that they often repeat the same line simultaneously.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    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]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Lots of sight gags and one-liners are attempted, but few of them succeed. The cast is talented but stranded in weak material.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    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]

  • 80

    out of 100


    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

The board game is a lot more fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are adult jokes as well as mild raunchiness, including backside-grabbing and leering.

  • Families can talk about board games and which others, if any, might be good candidates for a movie. If you could make a movie based on any board game, which would you choose and why? How would the movie be different from the game? If you could make your own movie version of Clue, what would it be like?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Most of the characters are duplicitous and greedy.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Murder done in a playful way, with bodies being dragged around and placed in awkward positions.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Mild sexual innuendo and sight gags.

  • language false0

    Language: Some mild sexual innuendo, but no swearing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking.