Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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

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When hard times hit Swallow Falls, its townspeople can only afford to eat sardines. Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, thinks he has the answer to the town's crisis. He builds a machine that converts water into food, and becomes a local hero when tasty treats fall from the sky like rain. But when the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the whole world under giant mounds of food, Flint finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

Cast & Crew

Bill Hader
Flint Lockwood
Voice
Anna Faris
Sam Sparks
Voice
James Caan
Tim Lockwood
Voice
Andy Samberg
Brent
Voice
Bruce Campbell
Mayor Shelbourne
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Mr. T
Earl Devereaux
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Bobb'e J. Thompson
Cal Devereaux
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Al Roker
Patrick Patrickson
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Phil Lord
Director
Chris Miller
Screenwriter
Phil Lord
Screenwriter
Yair Landau
Executive Producer
Robert Fischer
Film Editor
Mark Mothersbaugh
Original Music
Justin K. Thompson
Production Design
Michael Kurinsky
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Critic Reviews for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (123) | Rotten (20)

  • 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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This 3D cartoon based on the popular children's book is sweet and fun -- not to mention a little trippy.

    November 26, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It takes an iron stomach to watch this stuff and not feel nauseated.

    September 18, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • No comedy should come bogged down with so many Important Life Lessons.

    September 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

  • Aug 02, 2016
    A young, oddball inventor solves his ocean city's sardine surfeit by masterminding a machine that precipitates any kind of food, only to fall victim to arrogance, greed, and gluttony. Chockful of groanworthy food puns, sweet familial understanding, and well-intentioned lessons about being yourself and following your dreams.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2015
    For something so far out of my wheelhouse, I do have a certain level of appreciation for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2014
    A hapless inventor develops a machine that makes food rain from the sky, rejuvenating his hometown's formerly sardine-based economy; things predictably get out of control. Luscious showers of cheeseburgers and avalanches of pizza, with a drizzle of smart, funny writing and a side of Mr. T as an overzealous cop make this a smorgasbord of entertainment.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2014
    From the makers of 'The Lego Movie' this is a fun animation and more adult-orientated than films like 'Rio' and 'Frozen'. I enjoyed the mad scientist story and the father/son relationship. The whole thing is missing a major villain character (the mayor isn't evil enough) but the set-up is enough to entertain throughout and the whole thing looks great. Lots of fun.
    David S Super Reviewer

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