Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Very likely the most fun your family will have this month.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    80
    Wise and respectful of its audience, "Cloudy" thus never stops the fun.
  3. 80
    Cloudy is smart, insightful on a host of relationship dynamics, and filled with fast-paced action.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    80
    Any moviegoers possessed of funny bones will laugh their fool heads off at Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
  5. The sights are ingenious, impressively rendered in 3-D, and the sounds – including cheeky voice work by Mr. T, Neil Patrick Harris, and Benjamin Bratt – are a blast.
  6. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    75
    Ends with a big action sequence, turning into Raiders of the Lost Arby's when you wish it would serve up something less conventional. But by that time, the filmmakers have also served up a little food for thought, along with a lot of laughs.
  7. 75
    A joyful romp, devoid of the tiresome pop-culture references.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    A surprisingly savory treat, though it doesn't bear much resemblance to the charming classic children's book on which it's based.
  9. Reviewed by: Charles Williams
    75
    The film combines a pinch of morality with a healthy dose of humor to produce a movie that's entertaining for everyone.
  10. 75
    It’s a brisk, bright, winning effort, even though it already looks sadly out of touch with the times.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    70
    The splashy animation is well-executed but again a bit monotonous for a full-length feature.
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    70
    The movie's humor targets both kids and grown-ups with equal success, but, even with the presence of a mustache-fixated monkey, the main attraction here is the movie's vibrant 3-D animation and its perfect storm of foodie-friendly sight gags.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    70
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    67
    Goes down easy enough at first. But even at a svelte 81 minutes, this meal drags on too long.
  15. 63
    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.
  16. Fairly inventive and exceedingly manic.
  17. Reviewed by: Joanna Weiss
    63
    It’s not especially filling, but it leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
  18. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    60
    The year’s 3-D deluge continues: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an amusingly loopy kids’ meal about a small-town inventor.
  19. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    60
    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.
  20. 50
    It's the Food Network meets The Weather Channel meets . . . the Scary Doomsday Preachers Channel.
  21. Leaves us with is sporadic showers of laughs for kids under 10. That's a shame, because the film could have been a delight for everyone, if only it hadn't learned to behave.
  22. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    50
    A lumpy stew of weak characterization, lame gags, ADD-afflicted storytelling, and dazzling visual.
  23. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    25
    A dead-serious piece of activist filmmaking.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 62
  2. Negative: 6 out of 62
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    8
    "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" doesn't take itself too seriously, but childishly. But the film uses it with pure love and joy, which"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" doesn't take itself too seriously, but childishly. But the film uses it with pure love and joy, which makes it hilarious and entertaining. Full Review »
  2. Matheww.
    Feb 12, 2010
    10
    Aged 15 it was not aimed at me but this film is ultimately watchable at a very very high level.
  3. DarenN.
    Mar 28, 2010
    9
    An intelligent, artfully presented film which offers a strong, developed plot and an amazing amount of hilarity and and creative thought. An intelligent, artfully presented film which offers a strong, developed plot and an amazing amount of hilarity and and creative thought. HIGHLY recommended. Full Review »