Lists: Drama, Romance, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman."

Overall Ranking: 465 (Rank from 2015: # 16)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 71.43%
Regular 14.29%
Half-Popped 14.29%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Sober Film Critic James Brown97 - Written based on strong source material from Highsmith, directed nimbly by Todd Haynes, and acted beautifully by the superb cast on hand, this adaptation is not a high-flying drama full of bravado performances or heavy-handed direction. It's a much more understated affair that subtly tackles the persecution of the era that our lead characters endure to share a kind of romance that was uncommon at the time, at least in the public sphere.
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Howard Schumann of Critical Movie Critics97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman95 - The best of 2015
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Darren of Movie Reviews 10190
Minnesota Man90 - Carol shows a beauty of a relationship damaged by societal norms, and the fight to reclaim what’s true.
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Dan O'Neill90(full review)
Cue dot Confessions Michael Scott88(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies88(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin88(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Often Off Topic Allie Adkins70 - Not my usual kind of movie, but really glad I gave it a chance.
(full review)
Comedy: 2
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 5
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews61(full review)
Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film50(full review)

People Involved

  • Cate Blanchett (Carol Aird)
  • Rooney Mara (Therese Belivet)
  • Kyle Chandler (Harge Aird)
  • Sarah Paulson (Abby Gerhard)
  • Jake Lacy (Richard Semco)
  • John Magaro (Dannie McElroy)
  • Cory Michael Smith (Tommy Tucker)
  • Carrie Brownstein (Genevieve Cantrell)
  • Kevin Crowley (Fred Haymes)
  • Nik Pajic (Phil McElroy)
  • Trent Rowland (Jack Taft)
  • Sadie Heim (Rindy Aird)
  • Kk Heim (Rindy Aird)
  • Amy Warner (Jennifer Aird)
  • Michael Haney (John Aird)
  • Wendy Lardin (Jeanette Harrison)
  • Pamela Evans Haynes (Roberta Walls)
  • Greg Violand (Jerry Rix)
  • Michael Ward (Shipping Clerk)
  • Kay Geiger (McKinley Motel Manager)
  • Christine Dye (Landlady)
  • Deb G. Girdler (Motel Clerk)
  • Douglas Scott Sorenson (Male Party Guest)
  • Ken Strunk (Ritz Bartender)
  • Mike Dennis (Frankenberg Security Guard)
  • Ann Reskin (Florence)
  • Annie Kalahurka (Embarassed Mom)
  • Linnea Bond (Drake Hostess)
  • Steven Andrews (New York Times Clerk)
  • Tanya Smith (Fred Haymess Secretary)
  • Ryan Wesley Gilreath (NYC Waiter)
  • Chuck Gillespie (Oak Room Waiter)
  • Jeremy Parker (Dorothy)
  • Giedre Bond (Party Girl #1)
  • Taylor Frey (Party Girl #2)
  • Liberty Fraysure (Frankenberg Employee)
  • Robert J. Ashe (Oak Room Patron / Pedestrian (uncredited))
  • Anita Farmer Bergman (Oak Room Patron (uncredited))
  • Colin Botts (Ted Grey (uncredited))
  • James Brown (Business Man on Train (uncredited))
  • Chelsea Carnder (McKinley Motel Patrons Daughter (uncredited))
  • Gary Chinn (Restaurant / Pedestrian (uncredited))
  • William Cross (Frankenberg High End Shopper (uncredited))
  • Richard Doone (News Stand Operator / Recuring Pedestrian (uncredited))
  • Todd Haynes (Director)