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Josie and the Pussycats (2001)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 57

This live-action update of Josie and the Pussycats offers up bubbly, fluffy fun, but the constant appearance of product placements seems rather hypocritical.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 15

This live-action update of Josie and the Pussycats offers up bubbly, fluffy fun, but the constant appearance of product placements seems rather hypocritical.



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Based on the animated hit TV show of the 1970s, Josie and the Pussycats is a live-action tale of a group of young girl rockers who desire to make it big. Josie (Rachael Leigh Cook), Val (Rosario Dawson), and Melody (Tara Reid) make up an aspiring garage band that is discovered by shady megalomaniac executive Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming), the sidekick to MegaRecords boss Fiona (Parker Posey), who runs an industry powerhouse that has been grooming the very successful boy band Du Jour. Unbeknownst to




Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Aug 14, 2001


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All Critics (121) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (57) | DVD (18)

This self-styled self-reflexive comedy asks the question, just how stupid are teenagers?

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
Chicago Reader
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This is one sharp pussycat.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Aaaaah, what a classic!

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Their cool-to-be-cruel stance is too hip for the room and a likely turnoff for preteen girls who don't like fluff balls laced with bile.

April 18, 2001
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When on work release from the Von Trier festival, I like such cheap thrills.

April 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The concept is so hypocritical, it's like Britney Spears calling Christina Aguilera underdressed and overexposed.

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Movie rates itself out of an ideal audience.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Ranks a 'one' next to Spinal Tap's '11'.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

The sour notes are all in a dumbed-down script, canned-ham performances that soon wear thin.

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

Scratch this one off your must-see list.

May 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Boasts a self-referential irreverence that gleefully attacks pop culture by using members of pop culture

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Alan Cumming (who's picked up where Richard E. Grant left off in Spice World) seems to be doing an impression of Stewie, the megalomaniacal baby on Family Guy.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Once again the nostalgia of our youth has been strip-mined for a Hollywood remake . . . At least this one doesn't have any CGI talking-dog monstrosities in it

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

About as fresh and fun as week-old kitty litter.

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

The best praise I can offer is it could have been worse.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Not necessarily the best film, those who remember the original series and have an interest in pop culture humor should find something in Josie to enjoy.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

In the end, the plot is revealed and everything is wrapped up just like an episode of Scooby Doo. But not after the bumbling Tara Reid tortures us with her ditziness.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Josie and the Pussycats moves like one of its songs, fast, sexy, and fun.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Amusing comedy that transcends its all-too-obvious silliness thanks to a trio of sweet performances, some catchy songs and some spot-on gags at the expense of teen culture.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Send the teens to this one. See it yourself if you're in the mood for something that won't require much of you.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The result is a frothy but irresistible movie that brims with bubbly spirit, wicked wit and punk-flavored pop tunes.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Josie and the Pussycats urges teenagers to be individuals instead of herd-like consumers. Ironically, in doing so, it contains more product placements than any movie I've ever seen.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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Has good intentions, but unfortunately doesn't have what it takes to effectively carry them out.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Audience Reviews for Josie and the Pussycats

Josie and the Pussycats is an awful mess of a film. The film is poorly constructed with a bland, boring script, a terrible choice of actors and stupid. The film is a waste of celluloid and it insults the viewers' intelligence. Do yourself a favor and skip this film. I was forced to watch this and it was painful from start to finish. I really hated the film and it was a big waste of time. Tara Reid is a horrible actress that just has no talent to speak. This film is proof that studios will green light anything to make a quick buck. I'm all for a good comedy, but crap like this has no place in the cinematic genre. Watch something else instead; this is not worth your time. With a poor direction and a sloppily written script, Josie and the Pussycats fails to entertain. This is an awful comedy that just doesn't cut it. The dialogue is cringe worthy, the jokes are horrible and fall flat there is no substance here and it's a train wreck of a movie that never should have seen the light of day.
September 13, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Even though you except nothing but the worst, this film is actually well written with love to spare.
July 13, 2010

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This jerk teen comedy film based upon the Archie Comics in the story is not very entertaining to me.
The three Pussycats are, of course, very hot but the dilemma they are placed in is all too cute to be appealing for boys.
March 18, 2010
Dean McKenna

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This is a fun movie.
December 2, 2007

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