Cats & Dogs (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cats & Dogs (2001)

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Critic Consensus: A great concept, but the movie fails to develop the characters and some of the jokes are hit-or-miss.

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This talking-animal action comedy from Lawrence Guterman, the co-director of Antz (1998), follows on the heels of the Babe and Dr. Dolittle films. Unknown to humans, a secret war has been raging between cats and dogs for eons, but a fragile truce has long held the order of the animal kingdom in place. Now the balance of power has tipped, as a researcher, Professor Brody (Jeff Goldblum), is about to invent a vaccine that will erase all human allergies to dogs. This is too much for the autocratic Mr. Tinkles (Sean Hayes), a white Persian kitty bent on world domination. The Brody home becomes ground zero for the renewed conflict between feline and canine, with a young Beagle puppy named Lou (Tobey Maguire) caught in the middle as the new point man for his species' cause. Cats and Dogs co-stars Elizabeth Perkins and Alexander Pollock, as well as the vocal talents of Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Jon Lovitz, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Joe Pantoliano.
Rating:
PG (for animal action and humor)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Kids & Family , Romance
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Cast

Jeff Goldblum
as Professor Brody
Elizabeth Perkins
as Mrs. Brody
Alexander Pollock
as Scott Brody
Sean Hayes
as Mr. Tinkles
Jon Lovitz
as Calico
Salome Jens
as Collie at HQ
Glenn Ficarra
as Russian Kitty
Charlton Heston
as Dog Leader
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Critic Reviews for Cats & Dogs

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32)

Falls victim to a common pitfall of special-effects movies: The technology takes precedent over the characters and story.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A surprisingly witty and sophisticated spy movie spoof that will tickle adult pet lovers and still capture kids 6 and older with its boy-and- his-dog love story and pet slapstick.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

After a while, the film's massive explosions make Swordfish look like a chick flick.

Full Review… | July 12, 2001
New York Observer
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Its characters, the two and four-legged varieties, are too lazily drawn for the film to register as more than a pleasant time-killer.

July 6, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

High-end family entertainment.

July 6, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

Spends too much time chewing on its computer effects or purring over its animatronic puppetry and too little taming its amusing premise.

Full Review… | July 6, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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Audience Reviews for Cats & Dogs

Funny film about how cats and dogs behave. Cats want to rule. They want to make humans allergic to their dogs.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

The film's concept is quite interesting and Im sure a lot of people would have loved the idea of it. But the film itself is a complete mess. The jokes aren't that great and are rather hit and miss for all the family including the children. There's no development into the character of both the humans and the pet animals.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Funny animated film.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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