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Critic Reviews for Cloudburst
It's a delight to see Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker, superb talents and Oscar winners both, share almost every frame of Cloudburst.
An affectionate twist on a classic tale of lovers on the lam, sprinkled with renegade hints of Thelma & Louise, Cloudburst is a life- and heart-affirming journey.
The two actors...bring out the best in these two women in spite of the plot lapses and odd tonal shifts...you believe wholeheartedly that these two are deeply in love, and Dukakis and Fricker gift their characters with a real bond of intimacy.
A rough-edged Olympia Dukakis steals much of this comedy road movie about two ageing lesbians who go to Canada to get married. Enjoyable, but unremarkable.
In its peaceful moments, it's a gem, but the wild stabs at wacky comedy are usually groaners, a shame in a story that's so smart and savvy when it isn't showing off, being dense, or winding down to a painfully pat ending.
Audience Reviews for Cloudburst
The starring talents had me laughing aloud all the way through. Not your average road flick. See it if you can.
It warmed the cockles of my heart to see two old lesbians laughing in bed while one taunts the other playfully with a vibrator. Never in my wildest dreams could I ever imagine Olympia Dukakis playing the role of Stella, a raunchy, grouchy, 80 year old dyke and do it so well! I don't know if it's just me or what but I felt the story went downhill fast when it stopped being funny and decided to end it on a more serious note! Perhaps I just never wanted Dottie and Stella's road trip to end!
The film was not as emotionally captivating as the trailers suggested it might be. Still, it was competently filmed and acted with a nice story. It's also a positive sign of the times that the film was already outdated by the time of its release, with Maine (and all of New England) having already embraced marriage equality in 2012 -- making the illicit marriage run to Canada (the premise of the film) unnecessary. I suppose that should be celebrated rather than a point of criticism for the film. Try to imagine the film set in Montana, perhaps?
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