A gigantic red dog (John Ritter) leaves home and becomes the main attraction at a traveling circus.
" How exactly does one lose a dog as red as a plum tomato and as big as an airplane hangar? This big-screen version of the animated PBS series offers a pallid, yet reasonably painless, reply. "
" A slightly distended version of the television program, here voiced by some of the best actors in the animation business, including the late, great John Ritter in the title role. "
" Trades in easygoing humor to peddle its message of bigheartedness. "
" Though not exactly a gripping experience for adults, parents have reason to be grateful for a movie that has been so carefully tailored to preschool to first-grade sensibilities. "
" Just like the cardboard books we read in kindergarten: short, sweet and easy to sit through. "
" When clapping broke out close to the end of Clifford's Really Big Movie -- the clapping of little hands, I might add, and not big ones -- it felt as spontaneous and as heartfelt an expression of youthful joy as I have heard in a long time. "
" Unlike television cartoons that sell their souls to make the leap to the big screen, this animated G-rated film is faithful to Norman Bridwell's beloved book series about the big red dog. "
" It's not dreadful, just dull. "
" Little more than a supersized version of the popular PBS animated series that's stopping briefly in theaters en route to its natural habitat -- video. "
" Belies its name with its formulaic storytelling and lackluster animation. "
" This feature, spun off from the PBS series, will provide preschoolers with comfort and amusement, though not rapture or enchantment. "
" Plays like a two-part episode of Clifford's really small TV show. "
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