Cat People Reviews

October 23, 2018
Schrader takes himself very seriously, but after "Cat People," there's no reason the public should perceive him as anything greater than an exploitation director with delusions of grandeur.
October 23, 2018
Cat People, director Paul Schrader's remake of a 1942 B-movie, combines explicit sex, graphic violence, special effects and the supernatural and somehow falls flat.
September 26, 2007
In 1982, Paul Schrader seemed a very odd choice to remake Val Lewton's classic 1943 horror movie. The original was a model of restraint and subtlety and the remake, frankly, isn't.
September 26, 2007
Paul Schrader's hammering, art-porno remake of Jacques Tourneur's deft little thriller.
September 26, 2007
Kinski was essential to the film as conceived, and she's endlessly watchable.
June 24, 2006
The seductively exotic surface of this mythically underpinned fantasy might be offset for some by much graphic gore, but if you can buy the romantic metaphors for the primitivisms of sexual obsession, the film delivers down the line.
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.
August 6, 2002
The late, great Ferdinando Scarfiotti's elaborate set designs imagine New Orleans as a post-feminist kingdom whose traditions are on the brink of destruction.
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.