The Cat's Meow Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2002
Seems to have been conceived as a Gosford Park-style all-star affair, but it has only one actual star, maybe 1 1/2, so most of the characters aren't bold enough to register.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Clint Morris
Mediasharx
June 12, 2002
It spends too much time in the art department and not enough time in the script headquarters.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Despite all the closed-door hanky-panky, the film is essentially juiceless.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
April 28, 2002
A film for the suburban film fans to pat themselves on the back for seeing, not actually enjoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
April 12, 2002
The Cat's Meow could have been catnip -- as it is, it's just a catnap.
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
April 13, 2002
[Bogdanovich's] old-school cinematic technique doesn't call unnecessary attention to itself, though it also never gets beyond the surface prettiness of his actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
April 16, 2002
The director's inability to make us feel that these events say something larger about society and the glaring tonal inconsistencies eventually cause this ship to sink.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 23, 2002
Disreputable doings and exquisite trappings are dampened by a lackluster script and substandard performances.
| Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
June 27, 2002
A stuffy murder mystery aboard a yacht.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 4, 2004
Notable mostly for Kirsten Dunst's superb portrayal of Marion Davies.
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 26, 2002
More obvious than acerbic, more inane than insightful and exaggerated to the point of caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
As the story progresses, the tension dissipates, probably because once Bogdanovich has set his wheels in motion, he just lets them spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 26, 2002
Swell when it purrs, when the three top stars are in full form, but it spits and hisses and screeches too often to take full hold.
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
January 13, 2002
A bevy of prohibition-era Hollywood power-players and wannabes re-enact a lame game of cinematic Clue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 7, 2002
Just like Hearst's enormous yacht, it's slow and unwieldy and takes a long time to reach its destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nathaniel Rogers
CineScene.com
May 30, 2002
There are moments when it threatens to leap out of its stockings... But for most of the running time what should have been a stinging and witty retro piece seems like a minor period drama with a wet blanket thrown atop it.
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
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