Movie Reviews Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatbals
Roger Ebert doesn't really review Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in the Chicago Sun-Times today. He sort of provides a quick digest of the indigestible things going on in the animated movie. But he does review the 3D. And Ebert, who has criticized previous 3D movies for their reduced brightness other technical flaws, surprisingly likes this one. Although admitting that he continues to regard 3D as "a distracting nuisance," he applauds the new Sony 3D imaging process for producing "a sharp, crisp picture. ... There is clear definition between closer and further elements. I've seen a lot of 3-D recently, and in terms of technical quality, this is the best." Overall, the movie is getting rather sunny reviews. Claudia Puig in USA Today calls it "a surprisingly savory treat." "Inspired lunacy," is the way Daniel M. Gold describes it in the New York Times. And Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel describes it as an "unexpected delight." Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News predicts that the movie "is very likely the most fun your family will have this month." Kyle Smith, whose judgments are sometimes ... er ... clouded by his conservative sensibilities, says that while the movie offers a "clever and engaging first half" its second half becomes preachy, especially when it offers yet another lecture about global warming. Says Smith "The comedy turns into The Day After Tomorrow plus marinara sauce." And Stephen Cole in the Toronto Globe and Mail agrees, writing, "The film feels like a zany spitball fight that comes to a sobering conclusion when the principal enters the room."