Doug’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wow. Just wow. David Ehrlich was right. I spent the whole ride back from the theatres trying to catch my breath from how much this floored me. I'm not even sure if I can put it into words, but I'll try.
Carol is the most utterly fascinating, captiving, polarizing, ernest, powerful, heartbreaking, and fantastic films of the decade, and certainly the best film of 2015. I've always admired Todd Haynes, but he's really outdone himself here. I was captured from the very first frame, and everything from that point on was absolute perfection. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara both give the performances of their lives as Carol and Therese, and deserve all the praise they can get. All that aside, the best thing about Carol is how meticulous the whole thing is, and how heavily it plays in it's storytelling. The environment is perfectly captured with breathtaking cinematography, production/costume design executed to the very last detail, and a score that plays perfectly into each moment. There's a lot of attention to detail here, perhaps more than can be unpacked in a single viewing. In a film like this, a single glance or facial expression could speak louder than any monologue or speech. The characters and dialogue may play it subtle, but their meaning and impact is explosive.
It's crazy to think that if I had watched this film five years ago, I probably would have hated it. Thank god my critical thinking skills have awoken over the years so I could properly appreciate something as brilliant as this. Carol floored me in every way possible from start to finish. Some may gripe about how slowly it moves, but I could've kept watching for hours after it ended. And that ending? Oh my gosh... It's films like these that are the reason why I love cinema. Films like these that put you in a trance and take you away. What can I say, I feel flung out of space.