The Rabbi's Cat Reviews

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Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 15, 2013

Like the title character, the makers of The Rabbi's Cat follow their noses wherever a new scent leads. Their eternal curiosity buoys this Cat, then impairs it somewhat, but redeems it by the end.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
January 19, 2013

Sfar's enchanting portrait of a society in which Jews and Muslims live compatibly is a lesson for our time

Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 18, 2013

It's a movie that packs all its ideas in beautifully animated doses, filled with Northern African music and landscapes. It may get clunky, but it's easy to get lost in its loveliness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
January 17, 2013

It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 15, 2013

One of the most grown-up animated features of the modern age.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 8, 2012

A French animated film about the unusual quest of a rabbi, a skeikh, and a talking cat to discover the essential unity of life.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
December 7, 2012

Fascinating, clever animated tale not meant for young kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Sarah Fisch
Village Voice
Top Critic
December 5, 2012

An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2012

Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
Top Critic
June 6, 2011

It is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.

Lisa Nesselson
Screen International
June 3, 2011

For someone as gifted as Sfar at visual storytelling, the film is very, very talky. That said, voice work in French is a delight.

Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
June 2, 2011

Despite the overstuffed storytelling, Sfar and co-director Antoine Delesvaux provide an incredible palette of visuals culled from the style Sfar originally created on paper.

Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
December 7, 2012

"Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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