In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.


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  • ★★★★★ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    probably as close as I'll ever come to knowing what it feels like to find Jesus.


    UPDATE: i found jesus. Carol was better.

  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    They should do an Audrey Hepburn

    biopic starring Rooney Mara.

    She's the only actress that

    I could see fit for the role.

  • ★★★★★ review by Katie on Letterboxd

    spent all night crying so decided to put this on for reasons I honestly can’t remember but one day I’ll be able to tell you, after all these tears have dried. I miss my brother and I’m scared. but carol gives me hope.

  • ★★★★★ review by Bren Serrano on Letterboxd


    Martin Scorsese recently said in an interview, "Cinema is gone." but what I think he meant was, "Cinema is gone because what's the point of making films when Carol exists?" Honestly I need to rewatch Drive because this and Drive are both my #1 at this point. 

    I wish I could write more new and interesting  things about this film but when you watch a film 9 times it's almost impossible to do that.  So here are some thoughts I have about Carol

    Why aren't people hailing Rooney Mara's performance in this as one of the greatest of all time? 

    "Wine makes me feel naughty but in a good way."

    God Bless you Phyllis Nagy

    Phyllis really encapsulates the emotions and eroticism of Highsmith so well that I'm shocked that Highsmith didn't write this screenplay. 

    "If you don't get in that car!"

    "Then what? It's over?"


    Why don't people hail Todd Haynes as one of the greatest directors of our time?

    The hiding of emotions in public between Carol and Therese is something I always love as we all have those moments. 

    "I want to ask you things but I'm not sure that you want that."

    "Ask me things, please."

    Why was Cate Blanchett nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role? Don't get me wrong she is truly remarkable but Rooney is the lead role. 

    Cate and Rooney's accents are really alluring in this film, giving a real mystique to their characters. 

    The framing in this is remarkable. I love the use of windows separating Carol and Therese, showing how they are longing for one another and wishes that one could replace the person they are speaking to. 

    Kyle Chandler is truly astounding in his supporting roles. I love how in this you don't hate Harge, if anything you can understand him and what he goes through but still want Carol and Therese to be together. Chandler needs more roles. 

    Carter Burwell's score is one of the best scores ever made. 

    The use of music is really wonderful. Will there be a film in which "No Other Love" won't destroy my heart? 

    That final shot of Carol and Therese looking at each other is an all timer. 

    Speaking of which, Cate and Rooney's facial expressions are breathtaking in so many ways. 

    I love this film. Whenever I feel alone or an outsider I remember this film and go back to watch it. It's heartbreaking but heartwarming. It's perfect.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  • ★★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    I have no words (other than those four and these seven).

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