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A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.
Animated Comedy Drama - This is a film adaptation of the popular stage musical, and a faithful one at that, thus it has a very thin storyline with its large ensemble cast--including Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, and Taylor Swift--singing and dancing with elaborate visual effects making them look like cats. This is an ensemble piece with the big names, especially Swift, in fairly small roles, with the most prominent role played by newcomer Francesca Hayward. As with the stage show, this is all-ages friendly and most likely to be enjoyed by young kids.
Idris Elba MOLLY'S GAME, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US Mette Towley HUSTLERS Rebel Wilson THE HUSTLE, ISN'T IT ROMANTIC, PITCH PERFECT 3 Ian McKellen THE GOOD LIAR, ALL IS TRUE, MR. HOLMES Director: Tom Hopper THE KING'S SPEECH
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average There isn't much more to Cats than the experience of sitting back and watching weird-looking performers pretending to be cats while gyrating to Andrew Lloyd Webber songs. An individual's appreciation of Cats may rest on a previous love of the stage play; others are more likely to throw up a hairball than purr in contentment.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average "Cats" suffers from a problem common in contemporary filmed musicals. The musical doesn't trust the audience, doesn't trust that the dancing in and of itself is exciting enough to hold our interest. I enjoyed the film for what it is. It's "London's Got Talent" for the feline set.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average ...utterly absurd yet oddly charming... "Cats" the stage production doesn't have much of a plot and neither does the movie... "Cats" isn't for everyone - much of it is a cheesy, B-grade affair... Those with an open mind, though, as well as little kids and the T-Swift posse, might find it somewhat pawesome.
NY PostFull Review Poor Please wipe this movie from my "Memory."Director Tom Hooper's movie is a huge failure because he's completely abandoned the fundamentals of what made "Cats" a terrific show: sublime music, captivating dance and an intoxicating atmosphere.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 15 moviegoers:
Unfortunately, this movie wasn't well attended. We were only able to collect 15 reviews from a couple showings.
TEENS: The lone female in this group loved "Cats."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The males didn't enjoy "Cats." The ladies also didn't care for it.
ADULTS: Most of the adult ladies enjoyed "Cats" very much, rating it "very good" (above average).