Metascore
27

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 35
  2. Negative: 24 out of 35
  1. 0
    Utterly devoid of merit, fantastic or otherwise, a more exasperating descent into the feline world is difficult to imagine.
  2. Catwoman is a mess, there's really no other way to describe it... It doesn't work as high art, and it's too ponderous to be truly high camp. As a fashion shoot for the pin-up crowd, however, it's the cat's meow.
  3. 38
    Watching [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.
  4. Pitof can be blamed for the 89-cent digitized sets, the jerky or rubbery special effects, some clunky performances and more continuity errors than I could count.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    30
    Cinematographer Thierry Arbogast is the real superhero; his homage to noir thrillers compensates for the spotty CGI and rescues the movie from sex-kitten kitsch.
  6. 25
    The director, whose name is Pitof, was probably issued with two names at birth and would be wise to use the other one on his next project.
  7. The "Showgirls" of superhero movies. This is not a compliment. A vacuous lingerie show posing as feminism, it's the biggest movie hairball this side of "Garfield."
  8. Cartoonish effects and overacting make this more corn than catnip.
  9. 30
    What the movie needs is a director, and what it gets instead is Pitof, a French visual-effects maestro so much fonder of technological wizardry than of human flesh that he manages to turn even his slinky, sinuous star attraction into a digitized synthespian frolicking about endless CGI cityscapes.
  10. 25
    Silly, tedious, inept disaster.
  11. A movie needs more than a few sexual innuendos and throaty purrs to keep us from taking a catnap. How about a strong story and credible characters?
  12. 25
    Catwoman is pretty well summed up by Hedare: “This is a disaster. It’s a total bloody disaster.”
  13. Catwoman, which talks about the "duality" inside all women (wild vs. docile, rapacious vs. cuddly), does have its guilty pleasures. Most of these come courtesy of ice queen Stone.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    25
    Berry is giving a performance much too earnest to have been intentionally campy, setting herself up as a veritable shoo-in for this year's "Worst Actress" Razzie. Me-ouch!
  15. 25
    A catastrophe. This motion picture is an embarrassment to all involved.
  16. 25
    Not to be catty about it, but the stench of the litter pan is all over this big-screen $90 million disaster-in-waiting.
  17. Reviewed by: Winda Benedetti
    16
    A cinematic cat-astrophe.
  18. 20
    The film could have turned out worse, but only via the addition of a Tom Green cameo, or an accident in which the actors caught on fire.
  19. [Pitof's] managed to create an entire digitalized city that has all the allure of an underground parking garage. And his action, it's cluttered; his editing, it's confused. The result: blandness butchered, hamburger chopped, kitty littered.
  20. A howlingly silly, moderately diverting exercise in high, pointless style.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    Hisses for Catwoman. Unfortunately for Oscar winner Halle Berry, this movie belongs in the litter box.
  22. 30
    Like the action movies of yore (you know, the 1980s), Catwoman is simultaneously overstuffed and undernourished.
  23. It goes down (and comes back up) like a hairball.
  24. 30
    Dragged down by a paper-thin story, the predictable number of fight scenes executed at equally predictable intervals and stock, unmemorable characters.
User Score
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 134 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 65
  2. Negative: 45 out of 65
  1. OkamiA
    Mar 18, 2009
    2
    Halle Berry is nice is leather, but....that's really the only plus. Even the people who gave this a 9 only seem able to cite that as a positive. i found myself cracking up at the sheer stupidity and absurdity of the movie...which I don't think it was going for. I'd give this a one, were it not for the unintentional laughs scored. Oh, and despite all its absurdity, it is extremely cliche. If you like kitties, leather, an Berry, then give this a glimpse. If not--stay far far away. Full Review »
  2. IsamuO.
    Feb 17, 2008
    0
    Halle Berry's worst carnival - "z class" junk movie party of the century.
  3. AnsonG.
    Dec 15, 2006
    1
    Oh my, where do I begin? Well Ii could tell you that this is a well made action movie, but obviously I would be lying my head off. So instead, I want to tell you the truth. Are you ready? Here it comes........"DONT SEE THIS MOVIE" Let me tell you why. If you see this movie and are over the age of 16, you will end up hating yourself for letting yourself rot for 104 minutes without getting back, except an increased feeling of wanting to get revenge on Hollywood. They say that it is very hard to get your script into a movie. Well, after seing this movie, I think a one legged monkey could write a better script without either pen or paper. The fact that Halle Berry even uses a male stunt double, makes me lose all respect for both her and this movie. Besides the stunt double, the movie still sucks. The dialog sucks, the acting is not even present and the action looks sloppy and poorly thought through. This movie actually made me like The Core better, which is pretty much impossible. Full Review »