• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Jun 1, 2012
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    May 30, 2012
    75
    It's stylish, pretty fun, but not the kind of ambitious effort that should make the world sit up and take notice.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    May 29, 2012
    30
    Unoriginal and mired in bad jokes.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jun 1, 2012
    80
    This elegantly hand-drawn caper doesn't have a lot to it - a little girl and her cat help break up a Parisian crime ring, un point c'est tout. But it moves to a different rhythm than the animated spectacles we're used to - it's sparer, less hectic, less cute - and the difference feels welcome and refreshing.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 1, 2012
    91
    It's a sweet and disquieting excursion made by filmmakers whose eyes and ears and imaginations are in marvelous sync.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jun 1, 2012
    60
    The trouble with A Cat in Paris lies not in its orchestration, which is mostly impeccable, but with what little is being orchestrated. It's well plotted but a little rote, clever but a far cry from ingenious, attractive but not particularly evocative. When it ends, it leaves behind the faintest of paw prints.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 31, 2012
    90
    This movie is graceful, subtle and sure-footed, much as its English title implies.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 31, 2012
    20
    The charmless but harmless A Cat in Paris hits theaters yet doesn't enchant.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 31, 2012
    60
    It's not your typical animated fare, but since the filmmakers can't quite decide whether its tale should be serious or silly, "Cat" trips and stumbles unsteadily between a bit of both.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    May 31, 2012
    90
    The picture sparkles, but in the nighttime way - its charms have a noirish gleam.
  10. 70
    A delightfully stylized caper involving a mute little girl, her pet cat and a cat burglar.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Pulver
    May 29, 2012
    60
    It's a slight, attractive tale: a childlike fable of a little girl and her preternaturally intelligent cat that swiftly devolves into a very old-school cops and robbers yarn.
  12. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    May 29, 2012
    50
    Delightfully old-school on the animation side, but too old-fashioned on the story side, French 2D toon A Cat in Paris is easy enough on the eyes yet never quite justifies feature-length status.
  13. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    May 29, 2012
    80
    A charming, visually sparkling Parisian fantasy with a dark edge.
  14. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    May 29, 2012
    63
    An animated film with the cozy charm of an advertisement for Starbucks French Roast, A Cat in Paris is all design and no danger.
  15. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 30, 2012
    75
    A Cat in Paris is thrilling, and a thrilling example of traditional ink and paint cartooning.
  16. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 26, 2012
    75
    Some of the action (and violence) in A Cat in Paris borders on the jarring, and the slam-bang finale - set atop Notre Dame Cathedral - favors bombast over wit. But getting there is a lot of fun, in part because the animators take time to make Dino a truly charismatic animal.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 6, 2012
    60
    While you're watching it, it is cozy and enjoyable, the same way a sleeping cat in your lap is cozy and enjoyable.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 29, 2012
    75
    Although there's a skeletal story, A Cat in Paris evokes a mood instead of a moral. Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember.
  19. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jun 28, 2012
    67
    Handsome and perky and built around a story so simplistic that it almost feels like it wasn't written down.
  20. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 1, 2012
    50
    Slight and unremarkable.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 15, 2012
    8
    A charming French animation, recognised by the Academy with a nomination nod, with a fresh take in traditional paint cartooning, a great soundtrack and plenty of suspense, is above all stylish and captivating for children and growups alike. Full Review »
  2. Aug 12, 2012
    7
    I really like the hand-drawn animation with great attention to detail. I also very much enjoyed the musical score by Serge Besset. All the performances were good (if a little odd in places Full Review »
  3. Jun 2, 2012
    8
    A Good Fun Animated Film!
    Simply One Of The Best Of The Year (So Far)