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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 120 | Rotten: 18

Quirky humor, plucky characters and solid slapstick make this family comedy a frenetically tasty time at the movies.


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 7

Quirky humor, plucky characters and solid slapstick make this family comedy a frenetically tasty time at the movies.



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Inspired by Ron and Judi Barrett's beloved children's book of the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs follows inventor Flint Lockwood (voice of Bill Hader) and a brainy weathergirl (voice of Anna Faris) as they attempt to discover why the rain in their small town has stopped, and food is falling in its place. Meanwhile, lifelong bully Brent (voice of Andy Samberg) relishes in tormenting Flint like he did when they were kids, and Mayor Shelbourne (voice of Bruce Campbell) schemes to use


Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy


Chris Miller, Phil Lord

Jan 5, 2010


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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (120) | Rotten (18) | DVD (13)

Determined to have their cake and eat it too, writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller first invite us to revel in ice cream mountains and nacho cheese fountains, then clobber us with ham-handed nutritional moralism.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
Chicago Reader
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So what could be better than an endless supply of jellybeans and ice cream? Only a multiplex permanently stocked with smart, sweetly silly family films like this one.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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It takes an iron stomach to watch this stuff and not feel nauseated.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (17)
Houston Chronicle
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No comedy should come bogged down with so many Important Life Lessons.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (3)
Globe and Mail
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Food has never been funnier than it is in the spirited, animated family film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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But it's fun, it has some good messages and what kid won't enjoy seeing pancakes flatten a roof and an ice-cream blizzard that you can eat while you play in it? Especially when it's presented in colorful 3-D splendor?

September 18, 2009
Dallas Morning News
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Where else can you find the varied likes of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, and--yes--Mr. T together and all on their A game?

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source:

The test for a decent family film is whether the kids want to watch it again, and both of mine were ready for a rerun the very next day.

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Grownups will enjoy the witty dialog and zippy script, especially when it makes playful nods to big sci-fi popcorn romps like Twister, The Day After Tomorrow, Armageddon and Star Wars.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The humour in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is often anarchic, wicked, random and very funny. This is a fun film with a lot of spirit.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Visually imaginative and ethically rich, the apocalypse has never been as tasty as served in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs might not be as charming or heartfelt as anything from Pixar film, but bar Up, it's the best animated film of the year so far.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Spaghetti has never been more terrifying, Gummi bears more menacing, nor the pleasures and perils of exploring the frontiers of science more vivid

February 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

It occurs to me that the pace and tone of the comedy is actually pretty sophisticated -- perhaps too much so for its supposed intended audience.

January 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

It's rare for a family film to deliver the goods with both story and visuals, but this insanely fun and fast-paced flick doesn't skimp on either.

December 3, 2009 Full Review Source: V Music | Comment (1)
V Music

The superb thing about Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is that it never once shies away from its ludicrous premise.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Unknown2

Writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have expanded a 30-page children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett into a 3D animated feature which boasts intricate design and goofy humour.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comment (1)
At the Movies (Australia)

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is visually inventive and exuberant, and has some neat running gags. But its characterisations are a little disappointing.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

This 3D cartoon based on the popular children's book is sweet and fun -- not to mention a little trippy.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

The story outlined here is engagingly ridiculous, and the visual opportunities suggested by the book and expanded by the screenplay look stunning when seen in 3-D.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

It all can be swallowed very easily, with the likeable characters, including the policeman Earl (Mr T), ensuring that the adventure serves up a tasty conclusion.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Courier Mail (Australia)

If Pixar are the modern equivalent of the sweet artistry of Walt Disney's best, then Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the slightly-skewy offspring of Chuck Jones and his Warner Bros. cartoons.

November 26, 2009 Full Review Source:

Humorous, fun and sometimes downright odd family flick, that doesn't address some of its thematic implications.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The concept might not be as high as alien invasion or mouthy mammoths, nor the art on the level of Pixar or Miyazaki or Selick, but in terms of sheer fun, this is the one to beat in '09.

November 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

This slick, computer-animated family flick, in eye-popping digital 3D, not only matches the visual excesses of Roland Emmerich's 2012, but is also much more successful in paying homage to the disaster genre through the use of humour and wit.

November 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

What's this? A deliciously witty, wildly imaginative and visually spectacular 3D animated film that's not by Pixar studios!? How did this happen?

November 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Audience Reviews for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

has its moments, but not enough to make this stand out
October 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is as clever as they come. As an aspiring scientist, Flint Lockwood creates a machine that converts water into food and as soon as it gets out of control is creates chaos around the town and food storms form. The jokes are non-stop and every single one hits the mark perfectly, and the voice cast is fantastic. I may be putting this film on a pedestal, but it's one of my favourite animation films out there. The visuals are vibrant and beautiful and the creators have really created a movie to remember. The script is one of the more clever animated scripts to have come out in a long time. This film is terrific!
October 7, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

This film was better than expected. The majority of the film's humor is food themed and is rather funny as they are very easy to catch on to. With some nice characters, I feel that the incredible voice cast of Bill Hader (Tropic Thunder), Anna Faris (Scary Movie), Mr T (The A Team) and my personal favorite, Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Trilogy) more than successfully added greater quality to these characters. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs also features an emotional theme of the development of the relationship between father and son; which to me, is rather significant as its a nice reminder of how "fathers always try to express their love and compassion for their sons". This film is a colorful, unique feature that is worth a try for its food like humor and wondrous voice cast. Overall, this is close to a very 'well done' meal that is likely to satisfy its customers.
September 16, 2013
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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    1. Flint Lockwood: When it rains, you put on a coat. Of SPRAY-ON SHOES!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (15 months ago)
    1. Fran Lockwood: Oh oh and peanut butter right?!
    2. Sam Sparks: No way! I'm severely allergic to peanuts..
    3. Fran Lockwood: Hey, me too...
    4. Sam Sparks: So what's it called?
    5. Fran Lockwood: Peanut allergies
    6. Sam Sparks: No, the machine.....
    7. Fran Lockwood: Oh, right.
    – Submitted by Kyle J (15 months ago)
    1. Steve: Gummi bears!
    – Submitted by Natalie F (17 months ago)
    1. Flint Lockwood: Fle-Se-Stafur!
    – Submitted by ethan t (19 months ago)
    1. Earl Devereaux: You see this contact lens, Fran Lockwood.
    2. Fran Lockwood: Mmhmmm.
    3. Earl Devereaux: This contact lens represent you.
    4. Fran Lockwood: Alright.
    5. Earl Devereaux: And my eye represents my eye.
    6. Fran Lockwood: Okay...
    7. Earl Devereaux: I've got my EYE on YOU!
    – Submitted by sanio s (21 months ago)
    1. Earl Devereaux: I'm as mad at Flint as you are. In fact, the minute he steps out of that car, I'm gonna slap him in the face! I know he made the food, but that food was made to order, and now it's time for all of us to pay the bill.
    – Submitted by argion e (23 months ago)
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