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Puss in Boots (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 119 | Rotten: 23

It isn't deep or groundbreaking, but what it lacks in profundity, Puss in Boots more than makes up for with an abundance of wit, visual sparkle, and effervescent charm.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 5

It isn't deep or groundbreaking, but what it lacks in profundity, Puss in Boots more than makes up for with an abundance of wit, visual sparkle, and effervescent charm.

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Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend... The Boots. -- (C) Dreamworks/Paramount

Feb 24, 2012

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'Puss in Boots' is uneven, but when it's on course, cat fans will be in heaven.

December 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Puss in Boots prances along on three basic truths. One, cats are funny. Two, vain Spanish cats in high-heeled musketeer boots are even funnier. Lastly, booted, vain Spanish cats voiced by a breathy Antonio Banderas are flat-out hilarious.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (4)
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An almost purr-fect little film that even a dog owner can enjoy.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (7)
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It would overstate matters to say Puss in Boots leaves its cat holding the bag (we had to get that in). But it also leaves its hero awaiting a richer fable, one befitting his charms and his portrayer's talents.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The character may be here to save the day, but the movie's only here to pass the time and it does that just fine.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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It's the morally-cracked Humpty who provides the film's emotional trajectory. Puss in Boots is a fun feline frolic -- with just a little egg on its face.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A refreshing departure from the "Shrek" films, this animated comedy is jam-packed with witty dialogue and charismatic characters.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

I like this cat. I hope they make four more of these. Viva el gato!

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

Finally, there's a cat even cooler than Garfield who will win the box office as well as a place on your favorites list. His name is Puss and he wears boots.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Banderas vocally vamps this up in ways he never gets to do in live action films.

December 29, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Bet the litter box that the cat in the hat will be back, Puss in Boots is fantastic family fun, both kids and adults will lap it up like a cold glass of milk.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

Puss offers strong CGI charisma, and with a tighter narrative focus than Shrek, it's safe to say that DreamWorks has another franchise-worthy golden goose.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

"Puss in Boots" is light, breezy family entertainment that [features] top-notch voice work from the entire cast.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Puss in Boots delivers just the right mixture of fun, exciting and super cute.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Clever and witty enough for adults and colorful and zany enough for children. Moreover, it's adventurous enough for anyone to like, no matter what their age.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Puss proves more than capable and deserving of the solo spotlight, his outsize bravado, machismo, ego spilling out beyond the big screen in fiercely funny feline fashion.

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

"Puss in Boots" shows that there's certainly enough in him to create a new hero beloved by both children and merchandise executives.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

Avoids all the worst tendencies of the later Shrek movies.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies | Comment (1)

an eksaireseis kana dyo eksypna gags kai kapoies paixnidiarikes proseggiseis sthn paradosh toy Shrek na anakateyei klasika paramythia, s' olon ton ypoloipo afhghmatiko toys aksona kratane ta pragmata apelpistika paidika

December 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (15)
Movies for the Masses

With Banderas' scene-stealing feline finally getting his own film, the franchise now has a worthy successor to the two original Shrek movies.

December 24, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

I'm pretty sure that the reason Antonio Banderas was put on this planet was to make Puss in Boots speak... [H]ilariously and endlessly inventive...

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

There are betrayals and double-crosses galore, rattling chases and swish sword fights, fleeting visual gags, mischievous verbal jokes and, best of all, a frisky flamenco dance-off between Puss and Kitty that will leave the viewer purring with pleasure.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Puss's boots are delectable things which could almost have been the product of that classic fairy tale, The Elves and the Shoemaker ( ... ) and every time ( ... ) we see those little gnashers, the film is a technical marvel.

December 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Puss In Boots is the cat's meow.

December 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

An attractive adventure yarn that combines the fairytale and the western.

December 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

While its fairytale-inspired premise lacks the subversive wit of the better Shrek films, Puss in Boots is an agreeably snappy, visually enticing yarn nonetheless.

December 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Audience Reviews for Puss in Boots

In reviewing Puss N Boots I'm going to forego all the weak cat or fairy tale puns (and gee, I just know you were waiting for some).

What you have here is a spin off from the Shrek franchise (what's next, the Gingerbread Man Tales?), where the cat is the focus, front and center. A smart move, for, aside from Eddie Murphy's scatter gun humor as Donkey, the rest of the aforementioned franchise cannot hold a candle to Antonio Banderas' suave turn as Puss.

The opening scenes are pure brilliance - high animation equaling the production values of Pixar - that the film cannot, and chooses not to maintain that level - shrug - what can I say? Regardless, those beginning scenes, with Banderas' lovely accented voiceover narration are worth the price of admission by itself. There are beautiful flights of humorous fancy on display, including homage to Sergio Leone and spaghetti western split screen.

However, after that brilliant opening 15 minutes, the film cannot sustain it (think the 2nd half of "Up", or Wall-E for further examples). Overall the story is a bit cliché, reaching 3rd grade levels of a morality and redemption type tale... and, ya know, Humpty really started to get on my nerves (which I suppose was intended, but still!!!!).

In typical Dreamwork/Shrek fashion, several fairy tales and fairy tale characters get a kick in the shorts, and actually that's part of the fun. Seeing Jack and Jill as a couple of gross thieves was a hoot, and their time on screen was about the only thing holding up the middle part of the film, which failed miserably in concocting anything magical during the scenes taking place in the Giant's castle (of Jack and The Beanstalk fame). Of course the script limited itself by first proclaiming that the Giant was dead, and secondly by failing to reveal the monsterous threat (deciding to keep that secret until later). When the monster finally makes an appearance, threatening to destroy the town of San Rodrigo, the towering, hulking figure made me think of Godzilla and my feeble brain started paraphrasing the lyric to Blue Oyster Cult's song Godzilla: "oh no, there goes Rodrigo" (see, there's a pun in here after all).

I have failed to mention, that aside of the Humpty Dumpty/ Puss dynamic there is also some kitty love - as Salma Hayek voices Kitty Softpaws, who, to use the olden day western vernacular, is a thief with a heart of gold. The interplay between Hayek and Banderas works well, and really, overall this film is good fun. Brilliant? Not quite; held back a bit by the simplistic tale at its core, but certainly with enough good animation and truly funny moments to entertain young and old (I mean, who wouldn't laugh at the suave, posing Puss ordering a glass of milk and then, instead of drinking it, daintally laps it out of a shot glass with his tongue?).
October 22, 2012
maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

Puss in Boots avoids all of the flaws of the last two Shrek movies, and revitalizes the universe in a shockingly good movie that is beautifully animated, hilariously mature, and stylish enough to make up for its spin-off nature.
August 20, 2012
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Chris Miller goes nursery rhyme mash-up with Puss in Boots.Aside from a back story segment for the lead, Puss in Boots, the plot moves forward at a quick pace with the end credits happening at only the 80 minute mark. The film has a lot to work with, as it takes a number of popular nursery rhymes and shuffles them into the plot, but at the same time it keeps things simple, which contributes to the brief run time, for a family friendly experience.The comedy is light, with some obvious cat antics thrown in. There isn't much of it that feels forced, which is a good thing. Visually, there isn't anything overly impressive. Once again it is catered for a younger and less sophisticated audience.Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek are nice fits into the Spanish theme of the picture, which also has an attractive soundtrack. Zach Galifianakis ends up as nice compliment to the aforementioned leads.Puss in Boots isn't great. It isn't terrible. It's merely in between and a quick sit through.
May 16, 2012
skactopus
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

A swashbuckling cat searches for magic beans to repay an old debt.
This film is innocuous fun. It isn't that funny or exciting, but it holds one's attention, and replacing some of the typical cartoon violence with a "dance battle" is a welcome trend in the genre.
Overall, I can't say that I liked Puss in Boots, but I find it hard to dislike it.
April 25, 2012
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

    1. Puss in Boots: Hmmm, I smell something familiar, something dangerous, something breakfast-y.
    2. Humpty Dumpty: It's been a long time brother.
    3. Puss in Boots: Maldito Huevo!
    – Submitted by Francesca G (23 months ago)
    1. Puss in Boots: Very well, if it is to be a dance fight, then I will tuesday night dance fight you to the death.
    – Submitted by Karen D (2 years ago)
    1. Moustache Man: [Moustache Man shows Puss the magic means tattooed on his arm] These are the beans of legends.
    2. Puss in Boots: Oh!
    3. Luis: Grows the vine to the land of giants.
    4. Moustache Man: [Moustache Man opens his shirt to reveal castle in the sky tattooed on his chest]
    5. Luis: And the golden goose.
    6. Puss in Boots: The golden goose!
    7. Moustache Man: One of her eggs could set you up for life.
    8. Luis: All nine of them. Show him the golden eggs.
    9. Moustache Man: [Moustache Man gets up and unzips his trousers]
    10. Puss in Boots: NO!!! Please uh... you have uh... shown enough.
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (2 years ago)
    1. Puss in Boots: I will see you again Kitty Softpaws.
    2. Kitty Softpaws: Sooner than you think.
    – Submitted by Maya B (2 years ago)
    1. Puss in Boots: You are a curse in my life!
    – Submitted by Suzanne T (2 years ago)
    1. Puss in Boots: Don't you dare do the litter box on me!
    – Submitted by Joaquin P (2 years ago)
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