Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 17, 2009
It seemed to me the mountains of fudge, ice cream and pancakes overshot the mark and looked silly, and the airborne food cast a pall over the city, but by golly those kids are plucky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 18, 2009
It takes an iron stomach to watch this stuff and not feel nauseated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kathie Smith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 17, 2009
This computer-animated 3D extravaganza is the ultimate food fight, capitalizing on the universal compulsion to play with your food. But like any good food fight, it offers short-lived entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 6, 2009
After UP set a standard for character development, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 18, 2009
The animated movie greatly expands on the kids' book on which it's based in a clever and engaging first half. But the second half leaves a foul aftertaste. Slapdash action scenes play against dreary warnings to fear wealth and beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 18, 2009
It has a certain amount of imagination and humor, but it seems as if none of this grew organically; every time the movie allows a home-grown, funny little moment, that information is then gathered up and used later on as a plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 18, 2009
The film continues in meal-monsoon mode for 90 minutes with scant variation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
September 21, 2009
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.
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 21, 2009
A fun film but not a funny one. It needed more big laughs to keep the children entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
September 24, 2009
...parents are advised to flip a coin, with the loser having to take the youngsters to go see it
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 15, 2009
Charmless.
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
September 17, 2009
Throughout, the terrible script and garish, pointlessly 3-D visuals distract -- why do all the women, among them Flint's weather-girl crush (Anna Faris), look anorectic?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 17, 2009
What's missing is charm. The book had tons of it, while the movie buries it beneath an avalanche of movement and busy design.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
September 18, 2009
It is harmless, entertaining fun for under-12s, and a worthy follow-up to Surf's Up from Sony Pictures Animation. It's not challenging Pixar just yet, or even Warner Brothers, but at least it's heading in the right direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
September 18, 2009
... a well-intentioned children's film that has the unfortunate effect of making food, all food, seem utterly revolting. It's the gastronomical version of 'Scared Straight!' 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 18, 2009
No comedy should come bogged down with so many Important Life Lessons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 18, 2009
It's a veritable moral smorgasbord. Not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2012
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