Cat People Reviews

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Jamie Russell
Total Film
October 14, 2014
It's psychological horror at its finest: timelessly terrifying and absolutely purr-fect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
September 22, 2014
...a startling, psychosexual horror picture - especially for its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 23, 2014
Val Lewton's most brilliant and subtly sexual horror films ever made.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
Produced by Val Lewton and directed by the great Jacques Tourneur, this was one of the first Hollywood horrors to play on the audience's fears rather than expose it to ghouls and monsters.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 7, 2012
The scariest American horror movie of the 1940s.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
March 30, 2012
Tourneur splendidly visualizes immigrant dislocation and marital anxiety as spiritual states suspended between planes of light and shadow
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 11, 2011
Based on a deceptively simple story, this understated but scary horror film benefits from the collaboration of producer Val Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur and the touching performance from Simone Simon
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 6, 2010
Unpleasant film argues we should be afraid of people who are different.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 22, 2009
In its complexity, it functions as a sharp, canny blueprint for the rest of Lewton's pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
This is a weird drama of thrill-chill caliber.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 30, 2007
Magnificent.
| Original Score: 5/5

Film4
September 26, 2007
Its techniques would be adopted by noir, its themes are aped by horror films and thrillers today.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 26, 2007
Cat People wasn't frightening like a slasher movie, using shocks and gore, but frightening in an eerie, mysterious way that was hard to define; the screen harbored unseen threats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
More a film about unreasoning fear than the supernatural, this work demonstrates what a filmmaker can accomplish when he substitutes taste and intelligence for special effects.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 24, 2006
A thinking man's supernatural thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
First in the wondrous series of B movies in which Val Lewton elaborated his principle of horrors imagined rather than seen, with a superbly judged performance from Simon.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 17, 2006
Handled more with shadow and suggestion than the outright statement found in the horror pictures that surrounded it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Ladies who have such temptations -- in straight horror pictures, at least -- should exercise their digits a bit more freely than does Simone Simon in this film.
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 1, 2005
Female sexuality is a rich source of a certain kind of horror - the kind of horror that plays upon the anxieties that prudish bourgeois men have about their wives' sex lives.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 6, 2005
The way it messes with your head -- and Jacques Tourneur's deft ability behind the camera -- make it quite the '40s standout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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