The Cat Returns Reviews

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February 28, 2019
While not the greatest Studio Ghibli film by any measure, I was thoroughly entertained by the creative and strange story of a young girl and her adventures in a world of cats.
March 7, 2018
When it comes to grand fantasy tales of little girls lost in wonderfully strange worlds, The Cat Returns is no Spirited Away. Still, it's a serviceable children's adventure film, with some memorable moments.
February 23, 2014
The Cat Returns...is all fluff, but it's cute and enjoyable fluff at the very least.
May 6, 2013
The story whisks gracefully along with little saunters and pitter-patters of humour. A Princess-and-the-Cat tale that also coolly reflects the arrogant aloofness, suave superciliousness and intriguing independence of man's best-when-convenient friend.
June 16, 2010
Undeniably sweet, but it is also undeniably slight, and not remotely as visually rich as we've all come to expect from Studio Ghibli.
September 1, 2008
Director Morita does an exemplary job of bringing a Japanese graphic novel to the screen.
September 1, 2008
Catchy entertainment for kids and adults...
September 1, 2008
Interesting and watchable, but definitely not up to Miyazaki's standards.
June 20, 2007
[Director] Morita has a slightly cruder, more realistic sense of the world and its looniness than does Miyazaki, and you can see where The Cat Returns moves on a different track even as it pays homage to Japan's current animation master.
August 5, 2006
...moves along at a brisk clip and features a bright, vibrant animation style...
May 26, 2006
The film has some of Miyazaki's exquisite timing, pacing and use of space.
April 1, 2006
There's little tension or opportunity for emotional involvement in the brief story, and despite competent animation the cats are rarely anthropomorphised to good comic effect. One for anime -- and animal -- lovers only.
February 9, 2006
Another enjoyable fantasy adventure from Studio Ghibli.
September 30, 2005
despite its exquisite artwork and expert voice cast, this still looks a bit like the bedraggled runt of the Ghibli litter.
May 24, 2005
An enchanting, magical fable with a twisted vein of surrealism that makes you wonder exactly what they're smoking over there in the Land of the Rising Sun.
May 10, 2005
The crescendo of craziness makes for a brisk, funny, and wholly unique 75-minute ride.
April 23, 2005
The Cat Returns is just a lovely family film.
April 2, 2005
While the cats in this film are sentient, their attitude and egocentric behavior is strictly feline.
March 24, 2005
With the frantic, infernal energy (and cats) and even a little of the barbed social satire of Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita.
March 10, 2005
there are enough fun moments to make Cat worthwhile, especially if you're a fan of our feline friends
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