otxjunior’s review published on Letterboxd:
I didn't quite like/understand Highsmith's novel when I read it a couple of years ago. Couldn't figure out why Carol was so interested in that silly girl to begin with and I did struggle to fall in love with their romance for the most part. Of course, in the movie, we have the great Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett to help selling it; and Mr. Haynes, who managed to direct a movie that's actually very close to the book and still changed my perception of the story. Yes, a movie changed my perception of a novel, it usually happens the other way around. As I love the finale in the book, I couldn't wait to see how they would represent it while I was watching and getting an increasing feel of the novel. It was simply magical and Mr. Burwell's beautiful music matched perfectly this moment. I hate spoiling the mood but here are my two cents on the lovely Mara: Two times Blanchett was outperformed by her lesbian partners in movies, just saying. She's also great though, and had been never more beautiful.