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Catherine Bray Forgets the Critique In “Chance of Meatballs 2”

In response to Catherine Bray’s 189‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Time Out

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You might argue that a movie like “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” doesn’t need reviewing. After all, it’s a kids flick, which means it’s critic proof; parents don’t pore over reviews to see if Flint Lockwood’s character arc is well done or if the denouement sufficiently ties up the plot’s loose ends.

Well, Catherine Bray’s piece, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” agrees with you, but here’s the bad news: you’re both wrong. Fret not, it’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.

Yes, kids movies are critic proof, but that doesn’t give critics the go ahead to take a day off and stop critiquing, which is exactly what Bray has done here in her shockingly minuscule review (a Tic-Tac offers more nutritional value.) If you’ve got 189 words to give your take on a flick, you’d better choose your words carefully, do away with the plot recap, and get down to business.  

Bray’s writing is just fine and her tone is cutesy and colorful, and that suits the subject matter perfectly, but there is scarcely one iota of what could be considered criticism here, save for a small note at the end to not think too hard about whether the movie makes sense. If you want a cute rehash of the movie, here it is, but if want actual critique, look elsewhere.    

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