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Cat People Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 23, 2014
Barely a notch above "The Howling" movie series
Christopher Null
August 5, 2002
Doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeremiah Kipp
August 20, 2002
When it's not going for outlandish smut, Cat People is a shambling bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 28, 2011 art-house experiment gone horribly wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
August 5, 2002
You just can't understand what it's supposed to be about or why the hell anyone felt the need to devote time and money to creating it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Abyssmal, literal-minded remake of the 1942 classic
| Original Score: 1/5
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
October 26, 2002
The emotional arousal of the original is replaced with sexual arousal and what we have is an erotic gorefest that should not have been made.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 3, 2002
Lumbering but titillating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 17, 2002
Most guys like it for the full frontal nudity and the kinky "tie me up" sex scene, but it is an interesting film to watch for other reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: C
George Perry
April 17, 2001
The result has a certain cinematic beauty, and Kinski, in particular, plays her role with an appropriate cat-like presence. Yet alongside the 1942 version (produced by Val Lewton, directed by Jaques Tourneur) it is clear which one is the winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
Paul Schrader's hammering, art-porno remake of Jacques Tourneur's deft little thriller.

September 26, 2007
Schrader's rather misogynistic film is confused in its intentions.
May 21, 2015
It almost feels like an artist mythologising his own hang-ups through the framework of fantasy fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Heather Wixson
Daily Dead
January 8, 2016
Cat People does manage to exhibit a few moments of genius filmmaking with an intoxicating and almost dreamlike atmosphere that ultimately makes it a memorable- albeit uneven- exploration of obsession, repressed sexual desires and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Cat People is a good movie in an old tradition, a fantasy-horror film that takes itself just seriously enough to work, has just enough fun to be entertaining, [and] contains elements of intrinsic fascination in its magnificent black leopards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Schrader's take sure is ... different, but I mean that as a compliment.
| Original Score: 3/5
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