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BY DanielK superstar

For the longest time my experience of Carol was less immersion and more admiration at the craft that had gone into fashioning such a beautiful object. The evocation of another world is faultless, from the wood-panelled department stores to the smokey upstairs parties which are veritably begging for the impending arrival of rock'n roll. Cinematography, set design, the beautiful lead performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara - the whole shebang is virtually edible, but although I was... More enjoying looking at it, I just wasn’t feeling it.

It worked away at me though. Late in the piece there’s a key scene (the one with Carol, her husband and their two lawyers) where, all of a sudden, I fell for Carol - both the character and the movie. From that point on director Todd Haynes, Blanchett, Mara et al had me in the palms of their hands. The final sequence is nigh-on-perfect as Haynes abandons the almost-geometric compositions of much of the preceding two hours - restrictive frames and constricting space - and goes all hand-held, placing us with the characters as he leads us to what is hands-down my favourite final shot of the year. To say it had managed to win me over by the end is a massive understatement.

If you watch it (and you should) don’t mistake Carol’s refreshing lack of sentimentality for chilliness or distance - this is heartfelt, passionate stuff delivered with genuine class. It scarcely needs any more praise, but for what it’s worth this is easily one of the year’s best films.Hide

BY Red superstar

This is a good story told by by one today's best filmmakers - enthralling drama, highly recommended.

Exquisite. Filled to the brim with raw, aching emotion and desire. Just perfect in every way.

BY JackWallace superstar

Beautifully crafted and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are fantastic, but I probably won't ever watch Carol again. It's quite slow, I didn't enjoy it that much. Grade: B-

BY KimLewis lister

A great romance movie - Blanchett and Rooney both giving wonderful performances and the film is well paced and engaging.

Carol is not the type of film I usually I go to the theatre to see. I had heard about the Oscar buzz the two leads were gathering after it premiered at Cannes Film Festival back in May 2015.

Carol is a stand out film. It is a love story which succeeds or fails on the tow leads. Mara & Blanchett's performance and chemistry the audience will become infatuated in the relationship as the characters become infatuated with one another. Rooney Mara is the stand out in this one for me. Up against one... More of the greatest actresses of this generation, she more than holds her own. Her ability to captivate an audience with little dialogue and shy glances is a wonder to see. And as expected, Blanchett shows her masterclass yet again in another great performance.

The relationship formed between these two is acted and written so beautifully, it is hard not to fall in love along with them.Hide