Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Reviews

  • A nice turn from Mr. T keeps the grade (barely) above C level.

    Chris Nashawaty — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Daniel M. Gold — New York Times

  • A veritable buffet of the bland and the bizarre, the sweet and the sour, and all tastes are catered for along the way.

    Xan Brooks — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's not especially filling, but it leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

    Joanna Weiss — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

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    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

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

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • 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?

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • ... 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.

    Mary F. Pols — MSN Movies

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Kathie Smith — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • 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.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • A delicious farce and a backhanded slap at America the Obese, it may be the funniest animated film of the year.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Hungry for some good old family-friendly entertainment? Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs should fit the bill of fare.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

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

    Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail

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