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Cats & Dogs (2001)

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54

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 53

A great concept, but the movie fails to develop the characters and some of the jokes are hit-or-miss.

42

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 18

A great concept, but the movie fails to develop the characters and some of the jokes are hit-or-miss.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 443,351

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Movie Info

Unbeknownst to their human companions, dogs have been fighting for thousands of years to keep mankind from falling under the rule of cats. When a rogue feline, Mr. Tinkles, initiates a plan to strategically disable the world's dog population and leave humans defenseless against his tyranny, a crack team of dog agents and a loyal puppy named Lou are all that stand between mankind and slavery.

Oct 16, 2001

$90.9M

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Falls victim to a common pitfall of special-effects movies: The technology takes precedent over the characters and story.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A surprisingly witty and sophisticated spy movie spoof that will tickle adult pet lovers and still capture kids 6 and older with its boy-and- his-dog love story and pet slapstick.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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After a while, the film's massive explosions make Swordfish look like a chick flick.

July 12, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Its characters, the two and four-legged varieties, are too lazily drawn for the film to register as more than a pleasant time-killer.

July 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Plenty of heart and hijinks mixed with litter box humor.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

...juvenile caricature the whole way, so adults had better beware.

July 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Cats & Dogs is, at its absolute peak, faintly amusing.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Mr Tinkles has to endure the humiliation of being dressed up in ridiculous outfits by his eccentric owner, meaning that he gets to deliver lines such as "EVIL%u2026does NOT wear a BONNET!"

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Those incredible animals steal the show here -- just like in 'Babe.'

July 27, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

On paper, it may have looked like 'Cats and Dogs' would prove a winner with both children and adults. Maybe even another 'Babe'. Something, however, obviously went seriously wrong between the drawing board and the transformation to celluloid.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A mediocre movie that will appeal only to less discriminating kids.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

There are movies intended solely for kids and movies intended for kids but also enjoyable for adults. Cats and Dogs falls into the former category.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's tough to warm up to a pig, or a goose, or an orangutan for that matter. Therefore, "Cats & Dogs" is the "Babe" of the summer, only it's more familiar, more action-packed and just plain funnier!

June 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
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What begins as a mildly amusing joke eventually blooms into full-fledged lunacy, as sky-diving ninja cats duke it out with dogs who have "Mission: Impossible"-style computers hidden inside their doghouses.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Perros y Gatos es una película 100% para niños; me refiero a verdaderos niños, es decir, menores de diez años.

June 3, 2002
Cinenganos

Uma distração de fácil esquecimento.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Cats and Dogs may be playing the same game as Spy Kids, but it isn't in the same league. What it does have is a comparable level of rollicking energy…

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Image how great this movie would have been had Joe Dante directed it.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This movie almost went to the dogs.

February 24, 2002 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

an enjoyable movie that uses special effects with some interesting twists

July 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The 90 minutes go by fast, and this is adequate family entertainment

July 28, 2001 Full Review
Film Blather

Often lots of fun for kids and pet lovers of all ages.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Cats & Dogs

Funny film about how cats and dogs behave. Cats want to rule. They want to make humans allergic to their dogs.
November 13, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

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The film's concept is quite interesting and Im sure a lot of people would have loved the idea of it. But the film itself is a complete mess. The jokes aren't that great and are rather hit and miss for all the family including the children. There's no development into the character of both the humans and the pet animals.
November 5, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Clever CGI vs. Unimaginative idea. I've got nothing wrong with the realms of fantasy, talking animals is fine by me but I think they went too far in humanising the animals here. It also wasn't very funny and to be honest I hate these films and would rather my kids watch something else. Give me Animal Magic with Johnny Morris any day!
October 31, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

CATS & DOGS is a silly family movie. Nothing funny.
September 10, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

    1. Mastiff: Failure is not an opinion.
    – Submitted by Peppers R (23 months ago)
    1. Ivy: Orders?
    – Submitted by Peppers R (23 months ago)
    1. Scott Brody: Loser.
    2. Lou: Cat person.
    – Submitted by Peppers R (23 months ago)
    1. Professor Brody: Bad talking cat!
    – Submitted by Peppers R (23 months ago)
    1. Butch: Son of my mom!
    – Submitted by Peppers R (23 months ago)
    1. Lou: I'm on to you kitty and your in big trouble!
    2. Russian Kitty: I think not baby puppy. It is you who is in trouble.
    – Submitted by Peppers R (23 months ago)
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