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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Reviews

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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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 18, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 18, 2009
Food has never been funnier than it is in the spirited, animated family film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
September 18, 2009
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?
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joanna Weiss
Boston Globe
September 18, 2009
It's not especially filling, but it leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 18, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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September 18, 2009
It's nice that the film brings some real-world crunch to the story - ethnic characters whose presence make a social point ... and a clear message about the downside of a society where food is overabundant.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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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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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
September 18, 2009
'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' may not scale the artistic heights of a 'Finding Nemo' or 'Wall-E', but it's the most satisfying and original non-Pixar CG animated movie to hit screens in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 18, 2009
Hungry for some good old family-friendly entertainment? Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs should fit the bill of fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
September 18, 2009
If the filmmakers opt to make only light statements about junk food, obesity and solid waste, they at least leave the audience sated on a single serving of inspired lunacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 17, 2009
If you ever thought a marshmallow might make a fine crispy torch, or you've wondered what it would be like to luxuriate in a Jell-O palace, or you've imagined a "snow day" with ice-cream snowballs, you'll find kindred spirits here.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 17, 2009
Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have written an engaging and comically absurd story with subtle messages, more sophisticated than what usually is offered in animated fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 17, 2009
Lord and Miller know how to play with their food -- they have a hunger for the whimsical detail
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
September 17, 2009
Second-string animated movie makes it to the finish line.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 17, 2009
Eye-popping and mouth-watering in one, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs spins a 30-page children's book into a 90-minute all-you-can-laugh buffet.
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Charles Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 17, 2009
One of the most visually creative movies of the year. The film combines a pinch of morality with a healthy dose of humor to produce a movie that's entertaining for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 17, 2009
The psychedelic-era Beatles would have loved this film.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 17, 2009
The 3-D effects are wonderful, full of witty sight gags that play out both center-screen and on the periphery, while immensely appealing secondary characters round off a film that plays as well for adults as kids.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 17, 2009
Writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, whose television credits include CBS' How I Met Your Mother, pack each scene with jokes big and small, and the voice cast shines...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
September 16, 2009
A nice turn from Mr. T keeps the grade (barely) above C level.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 16, 2009
A delicious farce and a backhanded slap at America the Obese, it may be the funniest animated film of the year.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Schager
Time Out
September 16, 2009
It may not have the heart or subtle artistry of Up, but then again, Pixar's 3-D outing didn't feature a mustache-tearing monkey, a manchild encased in a giant cooked chicken, or a beefy, bounding cop voiced by Mr. T.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 15, 2009
his sense of unpredictability, coupled with some breathlessly paced and visually stunning action scenes, makes this the animated success of 2009... at least until Up opens next month.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5