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Cats & Dogs Reviews

July 30, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 18, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 6, 2002
Falls victim to a common pitfall of special-effects movies: The technology takes precedent over the characters and story.
January 6, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 12, 2001
After a while, the film's massive explosions make Swordfish look like a chick flick.
July 6, 2001
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
High-end family entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2001
Spends too much time chewing on its computer effects or purring over its animatronic puppetry and too little taming its amusing premise.
July 5, 2001
Ultimately the filmmakers have relied on premise rather than plot, and the device wears out despite the spoof's brevity.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 5, 2001
The best way to enjoy Cats & Dogs, like puppy love, is to go into it with lowered expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 5, 2001
A tale so monumentally silly that the only recourse is to sit back and laugh.
July 5, 2001
There is some mild language and lots of animal slapstick -- la Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner -- that may be a little much for small children. But most kids will find the action fun and the animals hilarious.
July 5, 2001
Even at a Chihuahua-sized 83 minutes, the movie begins to feel funny in the same way that having the neighbor's dog attach himself to your leg is funny. You laugh while you're wishing you could pull yourself away.
July 5, 2001
Though its furry cast members are sometimes cute, the movie systematically converts Babe's tender, talking-animals appeal into just another soulless gadget-fest.
July 4, 2001
Cats & Dogs needed to have more gags and punchlines than Dr. Dolittle. Unfortunately, all it has is a great concept.
July 4, 2001
The jokes are staler than day-old Fancy Feast.
July 4, 2001
Except for a fine slapstick chase sequence before the opening credits, every good joke in the movie is to be found in those trailers.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 4, 2001
While the flatness of characters may bore grownups, it's an entertaining flick for kids.
July 4, 2001
So advanced are the special effects techniques that the filmmakers even combine animated faces with real animal bodies, with such uncanny skill that after awhile you give up trying to find the seams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 4, 2001
A treat to watch.
July 3, 2001
An hour and a half of giddy, ridiculous fun.
July 3, 2001
Cat people and dog people of all ages will enjoy the tactics of this interspecies war, though the film makes the somewhat exaggerated assumption that cats are selfish and fascist and that dogs are selfless and humanist.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 3, 2001
There is enough dopey, exuberant fun to delight children without driving their parents completely crazy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 3, 2001
Monotonous and mangy.
July 3, 2001
With the human actors marking time at best (and that best is rare), Cats & Dogs becomes a series of expensive special effects in search of a scenario worth the price tag.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 3, 2001
This clash of the titans is delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 3, 2001
I kept being reminded of annoying pet-food commercials.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2001
A migraine-inducing, furniture-upending jumble.
July 3, 2001
At its best, Cats and Dogs is a series of missed opportunities that represents adequate entertainment for the age 5-9 crowd. At its worst, this is another example of why so many PG-rated films fail at the box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2001
Maybe not purrfect, but tail-waggingly fun.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 2, 2001
The filmmakers seem more worried about their 6,700 latex mice and gallons of food coloring than their characters.
July 2, 2001
The actors voicing these four legged adversaries ... throw themselves into their work with suitable fervor.
Full Review | Original Score: B-