Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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 Flint's latest invention -- a device designed to improve everyone's lives -- for his own personal gain. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (26)

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…
Chicago Reader
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No comedy should come bogged down with so many Important Life Lessons.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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This film wasn't made for you, or me. It was made for dangerously easily distracted 9-year-olds. And at least the never-enough aesthetic extends to its sheer, Augustus Gloop volume of sight gags.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It flits swiftly between easy-but-funny sight gags involving giant food, send-ups of disaster-film clichés, and endearing characters brought vividly to life by a pleasing visual style, plus funny vocal performances.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
AV Club
Top Critic

As a hyperbolic exposé of unnatural obesity and environmental destruction, in many ways this serves as an unacknowledged prequel to the post-apocalyptic nightmare envisaged in Wall-E. Chew (and choke) on that!

September 18, 2009
Little White Lies
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Bright, silly and a good shout to entertain the whole family.

September 18, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

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 Shen
Alice Shen

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Met the expectation I had from it. Quite uninteresting, that is. Actual Rating: -5/5

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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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
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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