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The Cat's Meow Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 15, 2009
The strongest achievement of The Cat's Meow may be the performances, especially those of Kirsten Dunst (Davies), Edward Herrmann (Hearst), and even Eddie Izzard (Chaplin).
| Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Elley
Variety
October 18, 2008
The '20s-set pic is given considerable bounce by a splendid cast, led by Kirsten Dunst in an eye-opening perf as Marion Davies.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Featherweight but fun.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Despite all the closed-door hanky-panky, the film is essentially juiceless.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 25, 2002
The result is good gossip, entertainingly delivered, yet with a distinctly musty odour, its expiry date long gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 24, 2002
[Dunst] brings genuine humanity to a role that could have been little more than a vampish gold digger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 9, 2002
The visually stylish, if narratively stodgy, film is a parable of Hollywood success and personal failure told with authority by one himself a showbiz victor and victim.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
An elegant drama about power and its frightening uses, The Cat's Meow is the bee's knees.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 3, 2002
Bogdanovich, making his first feature film in nine years, simply seeks to tell a compelling story and to tell it well. This he does, if a bit sedately.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 3, 2002
It's pretty linear and only makeup-deep, but Bogdanovich ties it together with efficiency and an affection for the period.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 26, 2002
Primarily works as a reminder that Bogdanovich, who hasn't made a feature film since 1993, is still very much a force as a director -- and as another signal of Dunst's astonishing talent.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 26, 2002
Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 26, 2002
The actors do a good job of overcoming the stagebound feel of The Cat's Meow, which, for all its charms, sometimes feels as self-obsessed as the characters it slyly mocks.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 26, 2002
Represents a return to form by Peter Bogdanovich.
| Original Score: A
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 26, 2002
A stylish trifle lit by the starring presence of Kirsten Dunst.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 26, 2002
More obvious than acerbic, more inane than insightful and exaggerated to the point of caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
April 26, 2002
In the end, it's an amusing diversion. But it should be more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 26, 2002
A great-looking movie that entertains without requiring empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2002
The film is darkly atmospheric, with Herrmann quietly suggesting the sadness and obsession beneath Hearst's forced avuncular chortles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 25, 2002
Well-cast, smartly directed and mounted, it's built upon an intriguing piece of Hollywood lore.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 25, 2002
It's one heck of a character study -- not of Hearst or Davies but of the unique relationship between them.
| Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 23, 2002
It represents better-than-average movie-making that doesn't demand a dumb, distracted audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 19, 2002
It's great escapist fun that recreates a place and time that will never happen again.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 18, 2002
As it stands, The Cat's Meow is Mr. Bogdanovich's best film since Mask.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 15, 2002
[A]n entertaining flight of fancy filled with a lot of strong performances.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 12, 2002
Citizen Kane for fans of Agatha Christie and Liz Smith: no frills, but juicy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 12, 2002
Thin period piece.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2002
By and large, The Cat's Meow is relatively accurate as a period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
April 12, 2002
The Cat's Meow plays like an idea for a scandalous masquerade ball rather than a movie.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 12, 2002
A modest, restrained picture, as small and satisfying as one of Woody Allen's better recent efforts.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 11, 2002
A lavish, lascivious, elegant and enjoyable entertainment.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 11, 2002
Bogdanovich taps deep into the Hearst mystique, entertainingly reenacting a historic scandal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
April 9, 2002
A better-than-competent period evocation that allows the director to flaunt his knowledge (and perhaps vent some of his own bitterness) regarding Hollywood.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 28, 2002
Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing comeback for Peter Bogdanovich.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mark Adams
Hollywood Reporter
December 5, 2001
The Cat's Meow marks a return to form for director Peter Bogdanovich ...