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The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)

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84

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 6

Sharp, witty, and charming, The Truth About Cats and Dogs features a standout performance from Janeane Garofalo.

86

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

Sharp, witty, and charming, The Truth About Cats and Dogs features a standout performance from Janeane Garofalo.

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In this updated and gender-reversed variation on Cyrano de Bergerac, Janeane Garofalo stars as Abby, the host of a radio talk show for people who have problems with pets. One day, she gets a call from Brian (Ben Chaplin) who is having trouble with his Great Dane (who enjoys roller skating). After a few minutes on the phone, Brian is immediately taken with Abby, and she's certainly interested in him. However, while Abby is not unattractive, she's terribly self-conscious about her appearance. When

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Audrey Wells

Apr 17, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (6) | DVD (11)

Though its romantic-comedy triangle borrows heavily from Cyrano de Bergerac, the film has more in common with Three's Company.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Funny and intelligent, despite some flaws.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Garofalo is accessible to anyone in the audience (except maybe herself).

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Rom-com charmer with a smart script and Garofalo in top form.

April 21, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Janeane Garofalo's magnetic yet unconventional presence instantly pulls the audience into the story.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Better than it looks ... but not by much.

April 2, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Since when is Garofalo less appealing than Thurman?

June 8, 2004
Reel.com

A spry and perceptive romantic comedy highlighted by the spirited performance of Garofalo's self-deprecating guise

May 22, 2003
Movie Eye

This sly update on Cyrano de Bergerac owes a lot to Janeane Garofalo, who inexplicably disowned it.

January 11, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Delightful romantic comedy with some incisive obervations about sexual politics, beauty and self-esteem.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Sometimes sad, sometimes uplifting. This is a heady meditation on the trials of modern romance.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

Audience Reviews for The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Favourite of mine from way back. Hadn't seen in years. Have to admit, I was struck by Brian's stupidity not recognising Abby's voice. Aside from that,nice little movie with a cute story. Also didn't remember that Janeane was so pretty back in the 90's, even cast here as an unattractive girl!
June 23, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

It was ok. Nothing more than that. The phone sex scene was especially awkward.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

I like Janeane Garofalo. I think she's hilarious and sweet, and she seems like a really nice person. And it's nice for her to be able to land a starring role once in a while, because - as this movie points out - she's not "conventionally" beautiful. Though I must say Ben Chaplin's character is possibly the stupidest man this side of the Midwest. Are you sure you really want to date him, Janeane?
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

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