Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


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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Critic Reviews for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (30)

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.

Sep 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.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It takes an iron stomach to watch this stuff and not feel nauseated.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

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

Food has never been funnier than it is in the spirited, animated family film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
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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?

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

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

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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

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Cute movie. As usual my daughter loved it and I just enjoyed the ride.

John Manard
John Manard

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