Saw this on Netflix , to see what the fuss was about. I liked it, although it's not "OMG Oscar worthy" (personally I coudln't give two shits about the Oscars validating a film's greatness, but I digress)
I tend to like characters, who for one reason or another, can't, or won't, say out loud what they're feeling. This movie makes good use of glances, touches. This is lost on some people, who consider things like this "boring". The plot is pretty much predicable, as is the eventual romantic liason between Therese and Carol, although in a weird way, it's not. There are at least a couple of scenes where one might think the tryst is going to happen, so in the NYE scene, when it does, sort of does come at a suprise. And when it does, it's Threse that initiates it.
And while there's nudity involved, it's only the one scene that is remotely explicit. It didn't have to be either, nor did I feel "cheated". I hate movies that have people bang up against walls, seemingly in a rush, and that's the only depiction of passion. Here it's slow building and romantic. At least I thought so.
I've heard the quibbles about Rooney's acting here and elsewhere, but I would concede here it works. Her character is just a naturally introverted person, and it's only in the middle of the film, on her road trip with Carol, that she seems to open up. You see her close right up again when Carol meets with her after cutting off contact with her. I know this movie was notable for having a somewhat happy ending for a lesbian couple, although of course it's not without consequences for Carol. I liked the last scene where Therese scans the room for Carol, finds her, and their eyes meet-and Carol starts slowly smiling, before the scene cuts off.