The Cat's Meow Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 7, 2011
...a missed opportunity that's rarely as engrossing or intriguing as its premise might have indicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 3, 2011
It's good to see Peter Bogdanovich working again, but his Hollywood tale feels like a minor, trashy TV melodrama
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
This story about a possible murder isn't for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 15, 2009
The strongest achievement of The Cat's Meow may be the performances, especially those of Kirsten Dunst (Davies), Edward Herrmann (Hearst), and even Eddie Izzard (Chaplin).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 19, 2008
Though The Cat's Meow just sorta comes to a so-what ending and stops short, the getting there is delicious.
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Derek Elley
Variety
October 18, 2008
The '20s-set pic is given considerable bounce by a splendid cast, led by Kirsten Dunst in an eye-opening perf as Marion Davies.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Featherweight but fun.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
I thought this was an incredible cast and I thought they were all fantastic at bringing their characters to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Neil Smith
BBC.com
August 3, 2004
It''s still a tasty footnote in the chequered histories of both Chaplin -- rumoured to be Davies' secret lover -- and Hearst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 2, 2004
Dunst gives us a bright, bubbly woman with comedic talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 4, 2004
Notable mostly for Kirsten Dunst's superb portrayal of Marion Davies.
Miles Fielder
Empire Magazine
June 4, 2004
The potential of this pure Hollywood Babylon story remains unrealised, instead playing out as half-baked Agatha Christie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
June 2, 2004
The chemistry between the three leads is a cruel and perfect satire on celebrity love.
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
September 24, 2003
Of particular interest if you're a fan of the seminal 1941 Orson Welles pic, Citizen Kane . . .
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
it never seems to gel, nor does it allow for any other interpretations, which takes all the fun out of the mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 22, 2003
Seems thin and superficial, like a TV movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 17, 2003
A wonderfully speculative character study that made up for its rather slow beginning by drawing me into the picture.
| Original Score: 3.5 / 5
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
January 13, 2003
Lo llamativo en The Cat's Meow es el regreso, después de 8 años de ausencia, del director Peter Bogdanovich,sin embargo el resultado, pese a ser elegante e incisivo, no alcanza los niveles esperados.
| Original Score: 8
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
While certainly an entertaining and intriguing film, one simply can't get past the notion that we're watching semi-famous actors pretending to be their more famous characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It spends too much time in the art department and not enough time in the script headquarters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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