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The Cat's Meow Reviews

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).
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
June 24, 2006
Featherweight but fun.
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
June 1, 2002
Despite all the closed-door hanky-panky, the film is essentially juiceless.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2002
An elegant drama about power and its frightening uses, The Cat's Meow is the bee's knees.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
May 3, 2002
It's pretty linear and only makeup-deep, but Bogdanovich ties it together with efficiency and an affection for the period.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 26, 2002
Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 26, 2002
Represents a return to form by Peter Bogdanovich.
Read More | Original Score: A
April 26, 2002
A stylish trifle lit by the starring presence of Kirsten Dunst.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
More obvious than acerbic, more inane than insightful and exaggerated to the point of caricature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2002
In the end, it's an amusing diversion. But it should be more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 26, 2002
A great-looking movie that entertains without requiring empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
April 25, 2002
Well-cast, smartly directed and mounted, it's built upon an intriguing piece of Hollywood lore.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2002
It's one heck of a character study -- not of Hearst or Davies but of the unique relationship between them.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 23, 2002
It represents better-than-average movie-making that doesn't demand a dumb, distracted audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 19, 2002
It's great escapist fun that recreates a place and time that will never happen again.
April 18, 2002
As it stands, The Cat's Meow is Mr. Bogdanovich's best film since Mask.
April 15, 2002
[A]n entertaining flight of fancy filled with a lot of strong performances.
April 12, 2002
Citizen Kane for fans of Agatha Christie and Liz Smith: no frills, but juicy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2002
Thin period piece.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2002
By and large, The Cat's Meow is relatively accurate as a period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 12, 2002
The Cat's Meow plays like an idea for a scandalous masquerade ball rather than a movie.
April 12, 2002
A modest, restrained picture, as small and satisfying as one of Woody Allen's better recent efforts.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2002
A lavish, lascivious, elegant and enjoyable entertainment.
April 11, 2002
Bogdanovich taps deep into the Hearst mystique, entertainingly reenacting a historic scandal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 5, 2001
The Cat's Meow marks a return to form for director Peter Bogdanovich ...