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Carol (2015)



Critic Consensus: Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material.

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In this adaptation of the novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk in 1950s Manhattan, meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), a beautiful older woman stuck in a depressing marriage of convenience. As their bond deepens and they become romantically involved, Carol finds the strength to leave her husband (Kyle Chandler). Unfortunately, her spouse starts to raise questions about her fitness as a mother when he realizes that Carol's relationships with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) and Therese are more than just friendships. Directed by Todd Haynes.

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Cate Blanchett
as Carol Aird
Kyle Chandler
as Harge Aird
Rooney Mara
as Therese Belivet
Sarah Paulson
as Abby Gerhard
Jake Lacy
as Richard
Carrie Brownstein
as Genevieve Cantrell
William Willet
as NYC Waiter
Giedre Bond
as Richard's Girlfriend
Kevin Crowley
as Fred Haymes
Jim Dougherty
as Mr. Semco
Trent Rowland
as Jack Taft
Nik Pajic
as Phil McElroy
Sadie Heim
as Rindy Aird
Amy Warner
as Jennifer Aird
Michael Haney
as John Aird
Wendy Lardin
as Jeanette Harrison
Pamela Haynes
as Roberta Walls
Greg Violand
as Jerry Rix
Michael Ward
as Shipping Clerk
Kay Geiger
as McKinley Motel Manager
Christine Dye
as Landlady
Deb G. Girdler
as Motel Clerk
Douglas Scott Sorenson
as Male Party Guest
Ken Strunk
as Ritz Bartender
Mike Dennis
as Frankenberg Security Guard
Ann Reskin
as Florence
Annie Kalahurka
as Embarassed Mom
Linnea Bond
as Drake Hostess
Steve Andrews
as New York Times Clerk
Tanya Smith
as Fred Haymes' Secretary
Ryan Gilreath
as NYC Waiter
Chuck Gillespie
as Oak Room Waiter
Taylor Marie Frey
as Party Girl #2
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Critic Reviews for Carol

All Critics (261) | Top Critics (50)

This is a slender movie that Haynes gives plenty of antique atmosphere.

August 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Haynes taps into universal anxieties about love and relationships without ever letting go of the sense of imprisonment that came with being gay in the 1950s.

January 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Haynes maintains the film's temperature at a low simmer and expertly brings it to the boil, but while "Carol" builds to a scene of intense eroticism, it's mostly about all the things you can't reach out and touch.

January 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is about two people who didn't know what their lives were until they met each other, then scrambling, in their muted, buttoned-up way, to figure out what happens next. Haynes loves them so much that he believes they can. You will too.

December 31, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As a love story this left me unsatisfied, though I enjoyed the lush period trappings and the flattering sense of how enlightened I am compared to people in the 1950s.

December 29, 2015 | Full Review…

The lesbian affair at its heart is rendered with intelligence and care, and if there are speeches to be made, they are happily few, and far more personal than political.

December 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carol

The fact that this absorbing romance exists (and deserves) to be told is a tragic indication of an outrageous intolerance that hasn't been left in the past but sadly persists even today, and it is a beautifully-directed film with two wonderful central performances and a gorgeous score.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Carol is a soft and beautiful film that showcases subtle performances from Blanchett and Mara.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Very well made movie. Rooney Mara really stole the show for me as the socially awkward young shopgirl. The 50's setting worked wonderfully too, plus being set over xmas. Really a lovely movie to look at. I warmed less to Cate Blanchett's Carol. She was kind of brittle and hard to read. I think I need to rewatch. I may have missed some subtleties to her character.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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