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Charlotte O’Sullivan’s “Meatballs” Isn’t Even a Snack

In response to Charlotte O'Sullivan’s 130‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on This is London

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If you only had 130 words to tell someone whether a movie is good or not, would you waste a single word? The answer is no, but someone forgot to tell Charlotte O’Sullivan this and, as a result, her “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2—film review” is so light on critique, it’s the film review equivalent of a rice cake; lighter than air and barely there.

It’s not possible to offer a full criticism of a film in 130 words. It just isn’t. But even if there’s no way around that limitation, you’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got and O’Sullivan has done the opposite here, lazily using half of her allotted words on unnecessary filler, rehashing the plot for readers and then inexplicably delving into whether the moral dilemma within the film make sense.

O’Sullivan, in her one line of actual criticism, does manage a clever little turn of phrase, using a gag from Cloudy in which a car “runs on cute” (there’s a fluffy creature in the gas tank); “This film runs on cute, too, and the result is a trip that goes nowhere at all.”

Unfortunately, this review goes nowhere and it’s over much too quickly.    

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