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Robin and Laura Clifford’s “Cloudy” Is a Double Dose of Dubious Quality

In response to Laura Clifford’s 752‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Reeling Reviews

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Like time travelers from the past on a mission to review movies of our time, Robin and Laura Clifford have once again emerged from their souped-up DeLorean to present readers with a low quality review on a website that doesn’t look like its layout has been updated since the 1990s. This time the subject is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and the forecast for this review is amateurish with a chance of unimpressive.

There’s something to be said to the Cliffords’ obviously DIY approach. The website was likely coded with little more than Notepad and a copy of HTML for Dummies. Their dual reviews read not as the work of film school graduates but as the work of two people with a cable access show and a can-do attitude.

The dual reviewer approach means you get twice the recap of the film in the span of just 752 words. The Cliffords’ reviews do not complement or contrast with each other, they are just both presented on the same page with the assumption that two is better than one.

That assumption is wrong.

What it means in practice is that readers get  to read one brief, uninspired review, take a deep breath, and then read another one that’s remarkably similar. It does not make for a fun time.  Cloudy is not only an eyesore, it is an absolute chore to read.    

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