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Catwoman Reviews

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2014
The screenplay's a hodgepodge of witchcraft, ancient Egyptian lore, pulp feminism, and a dash of S&M.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 2, 2014
Catwoman's director, a visual-effects specialist named Pitof, is not contained by the rules of filmmaking. Scenes that make sense? Nonsense. Characters with inner lives? Utterly passe.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
May 2, 2014
Another hundred million dollars down the drain.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
May 2, 2014
Relentlessly gaudy and in love with its PG-13 approximation of kink, Catwoman is essentially an excuse to pose Berry in ever-skimpier outfits. It's all too pre-fab to register as sexy, though, and even the fight scenes look like fashion shoots.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 2, 2014
A soulless amalgamation of quick edits, computer images and swooping, nausea-inducing dolly shots.
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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
February 9, 2006
You're left with flashes of mis-spent promise: the feline mysticism; the cosmetics-industry intrigue; the idea of electrocuting Lambert Wilson's unctious corporate cad.
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Noah Berlatsky
Chicago Reader
July 30, 2004
Obviously, no one involved in this disaster cares anything at all about Catwoman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 29, 2004
When is a cat a dog? When it's Catwoman.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 29, 2004
The kind of movie that almost guarantees the loss of a few I.Q. points.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 26, 2004
This is barely a film -- it's more like a music video-slash- TV-commercial- slash-computer game.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 24, 2004
Instead of basking in the considerable charms Berry has to offer, the director, Pitof ... treats them like accessories to the picture's flashy, senseless cutting and overused special effects.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 23, 2004
Catwoman is dragged down by a paper-thin story, the predictable number of fight scenes executed at equally predictable intervals and stock, unmemorable characters.
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Peter Goddard
Toronto Star
July 23, 2004
Get out the kitty litter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
July 23, 2004
Most respectable comic-book plots rely on a genius scientist gone insane, an alien invader or the like as villainous foil. In Catwoman, the bad guy is a cosmetics company.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 23, 2004
An odd, idiosyncratic movie -- dark in look and dark in spirit -- that plays as a kind of pop culture investigation into the meaning of feminism and the options open to women in the modern world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 23, 2004
Arguably the worst superhero film ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 23, 2004
A clawless cross-breed of comic book movie cliches.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 23, 2004
Catwoman doesn't belong on the big screen. It belongs in the litter box or to be scraped off the bottom of our shoes as we head quickly for another theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 23, 2004
Catwoman is fully as terrible as you guessed it might be.
| Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 23, 2004
Catwoman isn't really bad enough to be one of those awful movies we can't resist, nor is it incompetent enough to be the female Daredevil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 23, 2004
Over-the-top and mostly preposterous, Catwoman just might be the Mommie Dearest of comic-book-based movies.
| Original Score: D+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 23, 2004
[A] laughable disaster.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 23, 2004
Watching [Halle Berry] run around in that getup I felt embarrassed, the way I do for people who put on makeup before climbing a StairMaster -- it's too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 23, 2004
This wretched film is nothing but an excuse to show [Halle Berry] wearing that skimpy leather suit.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 23, 2004
Every odorous frame before and after [the 'outfit'] can be safely consigned to the litter box.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 23, 2004
Tired and dated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 22, 2004
As for the story, which details how meek, gentle Patience Philips (Berry) came to be Catwoman, met a sexy detective (Benjamin Bratt) and defeated a skin cream empire, it goes down (and comes back up) like a hairball.
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David Rooney
Variety
July 22, 2004
Plays like a Lifetime movie on estrogen overdose, barely held together by a script that should have been tossed out with the kitty litter.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 22, 2004
The screenplay is flat and predictable, and bad dialogue prevails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 22, 2004
Another phony story of female empowerment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 22, 2004
The stench of the litter pan is all over this big-screen $90 million disaster-in-waiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 22, 2004
If things begin to go south for the actress careerwise, Berry can use Catwoman as an audition reel to land a part in a road company of Cats.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 22, 2004
The movie suffers from the opposite of a syndrome affecting most comic-book spin-offs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2004
Not everybody will be able to swallow its heady romanticism, yet its French director, Pitof, has brought sophistication to a comic book sensibility.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 22, 2004
You'd never know Berry is an Oscar-winning actress -- her performance as Patience is downright amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 22, 2004
Seems destined to join Showgirls and its ilk as a fast-starting and even faster-fading theatrical release that could enjoy an afterlife as a midnight movie and video/DVD item where viewers supply alternate dialogue.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 22, 2004
Any way you look at it, Catwoman disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 22, 2004
The Showgirls of superhero movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 22, 2004
Campy, smart-and-dumb fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 22, 2004
A purr-fectly ridiculous and boring cat-astrophe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 22, 2004
A movie needs more than a few sexual innuendos and throaty purrs to keep us from taking a catnap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 22, 2004
It's not even campy enough for a good laugh.
| Original Score: D-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 22, 2004
Directed by a Frenchman with the single, not uncatlike name of Pitof, Catwoman is a howlingly silly, moderately diverting exercise in high, pointless style.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 22, 2004
Despite its feline pretensions, Catwoman belongs to another animal family -- it's either a dog or a turkey. Take your pick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 21, 2004
Spayed and declawed update of the oft-told DC Comics tale.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 21, 2004
Most of the movie has the cruddy lighting and generic, death-by-franchise atmosphere of a third-rate spectacle that's been worked over by too many hacks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
July 20, 2004
This plodding, by-the-numbers superhero flick has all the feline grace of a walleyed mastiff.