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Keith Garrett’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Everything that's been said is true. So so gorgeous, tender, and pure.
My one complaint likely puts me in the minority, but I wish it had ended five minutes sooner. It would have been mind-blowingly perfect if the film ended after their conversation over tea was interrupted and Carol left. A true bookend, as that scene also opens the film.
Everything that follows after that completely wreaks of tacked-on Hollywood happy ending. Full disclosure; I haven't read The Price of Salt so it very well could have that same exact ending. But unfortunately it felt very unnatural in the film. I couldn't help but feel like I was watching an alternate-ending version on a dvd.
Having said that, I'm not a monster so of course I smiled when Carol smiled at the actual end. But I'm a masochist and prefer sad tragic endings.