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10 Glowing ‘Carol’ Reviews That Will Make You Start Counting The Minutes To Its Release

10 Glowing 'Carol' Reviews That Will Make You Start Counting The Minutes To Its Release

Todd Haynes’ “Carol” has finally made its highly anticipated debut at Cannes, and we can certainly exhale. Reviews have been across the board stunning, making us folks not lucky enough to be in Cannes right now already counting the days to its December theatrical release (which at this point looks to come just as the film starts getting a boatload of awards season love). Could a Palme d’Or be in the works next weekend, making it the second lesbian themed film in three years to take that prize? If these 10 reviews have anything to say about that possibility, we wouldn’t rule it out…

Haynes typically renders hallmarks of American culture in surprising ways that unearth the hidden codes governing human behavior. “Carol” is no exception. In the pair of measured looks that conclude the movie, he offers a sharp reminder that while this story is complicated by its setting and particular circumstances, the underlying ingredients reveal a profound desire for companionship familiar to all.Indiewire

Outstanding performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as two women precariously charting a path toward a romantic relationship in 1952, make something special out of CarolTodd Haynes’ fastidious, intelligent and somewhat leisurely adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s then-daring 1952 novel The Price of Salt. The Hollywood Reporter

Blanchett’s performance matches that she gave in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. She is a fascinating actress because she brings such Clytemnestra-like fury to roles as fragile and vulnerable women.The Independent 

There have been many films over the past 25 years that have touched upon the gay experience. Some have reached mainstream audiences and others have not. “Carol” is not a game changer in this regard. Truthfully, its inherent subtlety means it will not blow broad audiences away. What it is, however, is a stark and moving reminder of the societal persecution gays and lesbians faced for a majority of the 20th Century, injustices that still haunt many parts of the United States and too many countries around the world. If the beautiful work Blanchett, Mara and Haynes have created here can enlighten one mind, “Carol” will have found a meaningful calling beyond its artistic achievements. And that’s pretty powerful, isn’t it?Hitfix

By the film’s extraordinary final scene—another charged, multitudes-containing look across a room—both Carol and Therese have emerged from a shared crucible more fully human, not immune to whatever pain might await them, but certainly stronger in themselves, better armed. They’ve achieved something rather mighty. Haynes has illustrated that stirring truth with a thoughtful, beautifully built film. Carol maybe isn’t the sweeping, three-hanky melodrama I was ready for. But as it slowly seeps in, it transcends.Vanity Fair

Made of crystal and suppressed tears, shot eternally through windows and mirrors and half-closed doors, Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is a love story that starts at a trickle, swells gradually to a torrent, and finally bursts the banks of your heart. A beautiful film in every way, immaculately made, and featuring two pristine actresses glowing across rooms and tousled bedclothes at each other like beacons of tentative, unspoken hope...The Playlist

With his groundbreaking examinations of queer identity and his fondness for the heyday of classic melodrama, Todd Haynes seemed almost too perfect a choice to film an adaptation of “The Price of Salt,” Patricia Highsmith’s ahead-of-its-time 1952 novel about two women who boldly defied the stifling social conformity of the times. Still, even high expectations don’t quite prepare you for the startling impact of “Carol,” an exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story that teases out every shadow and nuance of its characters’ inner lives with supreme intelligence, breathtaking poise and filmmaking craft of the most sophisticated yet accessible order.Variety

Haynes’ hand is so assured. He is in complete possession of the frame. He never rushes any scene but let’s the conversations unfold naturally. He has such a great relationship with Blanchett already from I’m Not There and now this but it is perhaps Mara who creates the perfect muse for Haynes. Not since David Fincher has anyone gotten her better, allowed such versatile of her formidable capabilities.Awards Daily

“Carol” is both a beautiful miniature and a majestic romance; it’s set 60 years in the past, but it’s for now. The shout of “Bravo!” that echoed through the balcony of the Salle Debussy on Saturday night seems about right for a bold and beautiful film.The Wrap

But for all that care, it is the performances that make Carol so affecting. Cate Blanchett has perfect glamour and bored sophistication as Carol, a woman who knows her own nature and is determined to pursue it, whatever the costs. But as Therese, Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander in the American Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects) is even better: shy, not knowing herself yet, waiting to live, movingly truthful always.  – Evening Standard

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