Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
November 26, 2009
This 3D cartoon based on the popular children's book is sweet and fun -- not to mention a little trippy.
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.
September 21, 2009
When in movie history has the girl ever revealed her true self and become more attractive to the hero by putting on spectacles and pulling back her hair?
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.
September 18, 2009
It takes an iron stomach to watch this stuff and not feel nauseated.
September 18, 2009
No comedy should come bogged down with so many Important Life Lessons.
September 18, 2009
Lord & Miller have found a way to make smart film about our culture of excess without losing the massive pancakes, swimming pools of nacho cheese and tornados of pasta.
September 18, 2009
Food has never been funnier than it is in the spirited, animated family film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
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?
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.
September 18, 2009
It's not especially filling, but it leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
September 18, 2009
A very funny slice of CGI whimsy with a perfect voice cast, interesting visual aesthetic, and even a heartwarming message that doesn't feel pounded down your throat like a hot-dog eating contest.
September 18, 2009
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
Bright, silly and a good shout to entertain the whole family.
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