Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Reviews

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Evan Williams
The Australian
June 27, 2014
There are many funny moments and some pleasing suspense towards the end, but as a cautionary tale about the dangers of overeating and obesity it's more likely to boost sales at the candy bar. That may be one good reason for watching it at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 29, 2013
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Visually imaginative and ethically rich, the apocalypse has never been as tasty as served in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
February 13, 2010
Spaghetti has never been more terrifying, Gummi bears more menacing, nor the pleasures and perils of exploring the frontiers of science more vivid
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

V Music
December 3, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Unknown2
November 26, 2009
The superb thing about Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is that it never once shies away from its ludicrous premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
November 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
November 26, 2009
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is visually inventive and exuberant, and has some neat running gags. But its characterisations are a little disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
November 26, 2009
This 3D cartoon based on the popular children's book is sweet and fun -- not to mention a little trippy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
November 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
November 26, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
November 24, 2009
Humorous, fun and sometimes downright odd family flick, that doesn't address some of its thematic implications.
Michael Adams
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 22, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gavin Bond
Sunday Times (Australia)
November 22, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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