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Catwoman (2004)

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9

Average Rating: 3.1/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 163

Halle Berry is the lone bright spot, but even she can't save this laughable action thriller.

10

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 38

Halle Berry is the lone bright spot, but even she can't save this laughable action thriller.

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Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 273,275

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Patience Philips (Halle Berry) seems destined to spend her life apologizing for taking up space. Despite her artistic ability -- she has a more than respectable career as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a Goliath cosmetics company -- Patience is excruciatingly shy, quick to take blame, and, not surprisingly, more than a little depressed at the end of the day. This comes to somewhat of a screeching halt when Patience not only inadvertently lands herself in the middle of a corporate

Jan 18, 2005

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You're left with flashes of mis-spent promise: the feline mysticism; the cosmetics-industry intrigue; the idea of electrocuting Lambert Wilson's unctious corporate cad.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Obviously, no one involved in this disaster cares anything at all about Catwoman.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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When is a cat a dog? When it's Catwoman.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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The kind of movie that almost guarantees the loss of a few I.Q. points.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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This is barely a film -- it's more like a music video-slash- TV-commercial- slash-computer game.

July 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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Instead of basking in the considerable charms Berry has to offer, the director, Pitof ... treats them like accessories to the picture's flashy, senseless cutting and overused special effects.

July 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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[Provides] a safety net for every person who ever directs a superhero movie for the rest of time: "Well, that completely sucked, but it was no Catwoman".

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

This movie is kitty litter.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

From the looks of French director Pitof's poorly realized effort of bringing DC Comics' "Catwoman to the big screen, it seems unlikely that a sequel for the feline superhero/villain.

February 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Widely considered a terrible movie, but if you enjoy the camp genre, it's a must-see. It is, in fact, camp on a catnip high.

September 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

There is NOTHING redeeming about this film.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Hide this Catwoman on a hot tin roof -- or anywhere else no one is likely to see it.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Rated NFD (Not For the Discerning).

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Where is Batman when you really need him?

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

An almost unmitigated disaster, this major studio production with a major star in the lead (the Oscar-winning Halle Berry) comes across like a direct-to-video production, complete with ultra lame computer-generated effects and clueless direction ...

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

I'm pretty sure an actual cat could have made a better film.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comment (1)
Big Picture Big Sound

Much better than it had to be and a lot better than many Internet critics, eager to hate it, wanted it to be.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (12)
eFilmCritic.com

One life down, eight to go.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Comments (2)
Bullz-Eye.com

An avalanche of de-clawed idiocy.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

'Claro ejemplo de la forma en que no se debe gastar el dinero en caprichos de productores a los que les importa un comino la inteligencia de la audiencia'

April 4, 2005

The main question to ask is why did we need this project?

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

The least I was hoping for was something so bad it would entertain me on a whole different level. I was disappointed on both accounts.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

No other Catwoman has looked so good in a cat suit. Beyond that, the whole affair is pretty dumb, even by the goofy standards of superhero flicks.

January 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Silly but not-nearly-campy-enough.

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Tries to be funny, tries to be S&M. Directed by a guy called Pitof. Me-owwww!

October 24, 2004

Audience Reviews for Catwoman

A spin off about Catwoman that would follow on from the heavily gothic Burton Batman sequel, or so we all thought. Everything seemed good to go, Pfeiffer was set to return and Burton was gonna direct, but like always in Hollywood things changed and a whole new group of people were brought in.

The plot? the plot is actually about makeup! in-destructable makeup, yep that's right. In this film the villain is creating a makeup that inadvertently makes your skin as solid as rock, hence you are unable to feel pain or suffer injury. Drawback being if you stop using it it will scar your face up badly. So its up to errr...someone called 'Patience Phillips' to save the day.

Oh the problems, so many!. First up if you're expecting to see Gotham City forget it, this isn't Gotham. I'm not sure where it is actually but I don't believe its Gotham, its never mentioned as far as I'm aware. As we already know the character isn't 'Selina Kyle' either, why? I dunno, so they take the opportunity to make Catwoman black with Halle Berry. Now I don't want delve too far into this issue but for me Catwoman is white, simple as that, yes I know Eartha Kitt has played her but still, essentially the character is white so why change that lore so dramatically?.

Moving on, the outfit, oh jesus! what were they thinking. There really is nothing to say here other than its dreadful, purely dreadful, she doesn't look like Catwoman...a master thief/anti hero, she looks more like Catwoman...the sleazy hooker. The look merely consists of ripped (around the her ass strategically) black leather pants and a black leather bra...oh and the most stupid looking mask I've seen for some time, looks like its gonna fall off at any moment. It doesn't help that she has some hideous makeup work on her too, really nasty looking.

The film is chock full of terrible CGI, really bad looking stuff as Catwoman scurries up and down walls and acrobatically flips all over the show as if she were an insect, Spider-Woman. This leads me back to the plot idea here. The character is killed and changed into a 'cat woman' by some mystical feline that just happened to be there at the time. Why? not sure, the cat is owned by some good witch-like character, a spiritualist kinda person, apparently the cat chose Berry's character, the cat is a messenger of some Goddess or something. Still doesn't answer anything really.

From here on our heroine develops cat-like super powers that enable her to crawl up and down walls, leap from massive heights, be well versed in martial arts and have cat-like hearing and sight....just like regular cats really. So we now know this film isn't about the DC comic book character, its actually about a completely different character that has nothing to do with the Batman universe, she's simply a cat woman, not Catwoman, but a cat woman. A woman who died, got resurrected by a mythical cat and was given cat-like super powers. Just happens to call herself Catwoman.

I still don't really get why you would get all those abilities from being resurrected by a cat? do cats know martial arts?. OK I'm being silly but seriously, why would you become a martial arts master?! becoming more agile and athletic sure but martial arts??. And do cats regularly climb up and down walls, across the ceiling and jump out of lofty buildings?? whut!??.

Of course there are so many problems with this disaster I can't even recall them all. Berry is kinda OK for the role but she is made to look and act like some kind of slutty diva/hooker. I mean really, the way she walks and carries on, its not sexy it embarrassing! I've never seen someone try so hard to be slinky and sexy...ever!. Its really awkward to watch as she purrs and meows trying to raise the average male viewers temperature, its so cheesy, did she actually try to be Eartha Kitt?.

Mind you Sharon Stone looks awful too, how much makeup?? geez! her haircut looks terrible and the fight sequence between her and Berry is laughable. She's an everyday executive for a makeup company yet when it comes to the crunch she can fight against a martial arts supremo? wow she kept some secrets then.

An utter shambles frankly, nothing to do with what you expect...in any aspect, virtually an independent film and character. Its a shame because I'm sure this could of been pretty neat with the right people involved, its just hard to believe what we see up on the screen got approved!. I think the only thing I can be positive about is the final shot in the film where she walks off across the rooftops against a full moon. That is the only nice true comic book visual of the entire film, the end.
July 25, 2013
phubbs1

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Catwoman doesn't deserve all the interrogation and outmost hate that it gets. Yes it's a film that you can look down your nose and laugh at, and there are reasonable flaws that can be use as reasons to dislike it. I dont know why I enjoyed this movie myself. I just did. As a critic, its my duty to say "i'm always right". This is the ONLY movie where I might have to criticise my own opinion. I dont know what made me enjoy it, or how it achieved it, but it entertained me.
August 21, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Ok, I'm aware that this is not the Catwoman we want to see since it's close to July 20th. However, I just re-watched the film so as to know about the most notable depictions of Catwoman and now I know Halle Berry is not competition for best Catwoman. In Catwoman, Halle Berry plays Patience Phillips who works at a cosmetics company. She finds out about a conspiracy brewing in the company and she ends up as Catwoman. The first thing wrong with the movie is that there's nothing to grab your attention. Halle Berry's character is generic and her transformation into Catwoman takes too long. It's not even that believable either. Her character dies, cats bring her back to life and she becomes Catwoman. The design of her suit doesn't even look good. The cowl for her head looks laughable and as far as I'm concerned, the leather suit she's wearing might as well be for an S&M night. The main antagonist is Sharon Stone and she's head of the cosmetics company. Now Catwoman has to stop her plans (whatever they are, the movie doesn't make it clear what the motives are) and put an end to the evil cosmetics company. Does that sound as stupid as it looks? I felt like a dumbass just by typing the ridiculous plot. The casting guy for this movie deserves to get his ass kicked. Halle Berry as Catwoman? Really? Also, Alex Borstein in a live action movie...come on. She's better off sticking to voice acting. The action scenes are really bland. Not only does nothing exciting happen, but the effects are piss-poor. Catwoman jumping around is just poorly done. Not for one minute did I believe an actual person was performing all those stunts. The effects made the movie look like a video game. The entire movie all builds up to a climax that is just boring, uninspired and predictable. Catwoman is a terrible superhero movie that ranks up with the likes of other shitty superhero movie like Batman and Robin and DareDevil. Hopefully, Anne Hathaway can pull off Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.
July 19, 2012
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

I love comic book adaptation movies, but there has to be one that is worse than them all, and "Catwoman" is it. Halle Berry may be hot, but that doesn't stop this from being an absolute turd of a movie. It's an origin story where Patience Philips(not Selina Kyle) dies, and a cat breathes life back into her(I'm not making this up). She then becomes Catwoman, wears bondage gear along with a weird cat cowl and goes after an evil Cosmetic Company head by Sharon Stone. The effects are "meh", the action is lame, and the story is laughable. Just take my word for it, this movie stinks worse than a pale of garbage juice.
June 25, 2012
Everett Johnson

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    1. Ophelia: Male academia.
    – Submitted by Brooke H (8 months ago)
    1. Laurel Hedare: If you have no identity, why keep it a secret?
    2. Patience Philips/Catwoman: Because you killed me!
    – Submitted by Nick S (20 months ago)
    1. Patience Philips/Catwoman: You know; Lassie would've brought me a key.
    – Submitted by Roxane L (2 years ago)
    1. Patience Philips/Catwoman: Time to accessorize.
    – Submitted by Roxane L (2 years ago)
    1. Patience Philips/Catwoman: Ok Sal, waht do you think? [hold up to different dresses]
    2. Sally: I don't know. You going to a church or a Playboy mansion?
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
    1. Laurel Hedare: No. My advice to you, George, quit the self-tanning. Stop eating Viagra like they're vitamins. Resist the urge to date children born the same day they invented the cell phone. For once, in you miserable like, George, [kicks him] be a man!
    – Submitted by Nhia T (2 years ago)
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