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The Cat's Meow Reviews

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April 25, 2002
Seems to have been conceived as a Gosford Park-style all-star affair, but it has only one actual star, maybe 1 1/2, so most of the characters aren't bold enough to register.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 12, 2002
It spends too much time in the art department and not enough time in the script headquarters.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
December 8, 2002
It spends too much time in the art department and not enough time in the script headquarters.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 1, 2002
Despite all the closed-door hanky-panky, the film is essentially juiceless.
April 28, 2002
A film for the suburban film fans to pat themselves on the back for seeing, not actually enjoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
April 12, 2002
The Cat's Meow could have been catnip -- as it is, it's just a catnap.
April 13, 2002
[Bogdanovich's] old-school cinematic technique doesn't call unnecessary attention to itself, though it also never gets beyond the surface prettiness of his actors.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
April 16, 2002
The director's inability to make us feel that these events say something larger about society and the glaring tonal inconsistencies eventually cause this ship to sink.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 23, 2002
Disreputable doings and exquisite trappings are dampened by a lackluster script and substandard performances.
| Original Score: 2/4
June 27, 2002
A stuffy murder mystery aboard a yacht.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 4, 2004
Notable mostly for Kirsten Dunst's superb portrayal of Marion Davies.
April 26, 2002
More obvious than acerbic, more inane than insightful and exaggerated to the point of caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 20, 2002
As the story progresses, the tension dissipates, probably because once Bogdanovich has set his wheels in motion, he just lets them spin.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 7, 2011
...a missed opportunity that's rarely as engrossing or intriguing as its premise might have indicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 4, 2004
The potential of this pure Hollywood Babylon story remains unrealised, instead playing out as half-baked Agatha Christie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 26, 2002
Swell when it purrs, when the three top stars are in full form, but it spits and hisses and screeches too often to take full hold.
March 19, 2003
it never seems to gel, nor does it allow for any other interpretations, which takes all the fun out of the mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2002
A bevy of prohibition-era Hollywood power-players and wannabes re-enact a lame game of cinematic Clue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 7, 2002
Just like Hearst's enormous yacht, it's slow and unwieldy and takes a long time to reach its destination.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/5
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