Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Oct 26, 2011
    88
    Thanks to Banderas and his Corinthian leather purr and writers who know how to use it, "Puss" is the best animated film of 2011.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 27, 2011
    80
    It's always a pleasure to find a family film that respects its audience all the way up the line.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 27, 2011
    80
    A treat to experience visually (especially in lively 3-D) and verbally, Puss in Boots is a family film where the adventure and invention never flag and the tongue-in-cheek humor doesn't linger far behind.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 24, 2011
    80
    A perfectly diverting romp that happens to showcase some of the best 3D work yet from a mainstream animated feature. Colorful, clever enough, free of cloying showbiz in-jokes, action-packed without being ridiculous about it and even well choreographed.
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Oct 22, 2011
    80
    The results are so funny and irresistible audiences are bound to be swept away into this kitty's universe.
  6. 75
    Puss in Boots is essentially non-stop dazzling action scenes loosely connected by a thin, predictable story of greed versus good.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Oct 27, 2011
    75
    For a kids' movie, the humor, at times, strays a bit too far into grown-up territory.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Oct 27, 2011
    75
    The story has just the right blend of child-centered silliness and winking adult humor.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 27, 2011
    75
    Even if they don't provide much lift, these boots were made for amusement.
  10. Reviewed by: Stan Hall
    Oct 27, 2011
    75
    Puss in Boots isn't particularly deep, nor does it take itself seriously -- it just wants to seek glory, win affection and cash in. Done, done and done.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 27, 2011
    75
    The movie has a devilish wit that works for parent and child alike, and it moves like a bobsled. It's funny and fun, and if it's not up to Pixar level, it still represents the best of what the competition has to offer.
  12. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Oct 26, 2011
    75
    Puss in Boots doesn't have and doesn't strive for the soul of a Pixar film, but gets pleasure enough out of its own characters and the way they move through this cleverly realized world.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 27, 2011
    70
    Puss has his charms, but he is not as memorable a character as Shrek or Shrek's mouthy sidekick, Donkey. Consequently the story, which involves a quest for magic beans and golden eggs, feels improvised and diffuse.
  14. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 26, 2011
    70
    A surprisingly delightful adventure romp.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 24, 2011
    70
    However crass the motivation for its existence, Puss' origin story could easily stand on its own -- a testament to clever writing on the part of its creative team and an irresistible central performance by Antonio Banderas.
  16. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 26, 2011
    67
    The seductive interplay of Banderas and Hayek, the barely recognizable vocal contributions of Galifianakis, and the Southern backwoods speech of Thornton and Sedaris all keep us attuned to the events on the screen.
  17. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Dec 5, 2011
    60
    Like most kittens, it's not always perfectly behaved, but at least this new Puss adventure doesn't have you reaching for the cinematic spray bottle. And thank goodness the spin-off does nothing to neuter the charismatic cat's appeal.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 27, 2011
    60
    Puss made his debut in "Shrek 2," then did time in the two decreasingly funny sequels. Now he's got a movie of his own, and not a moment too soon.
  19. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Oct 26, 2011
    58
    As a sheer visual experience, Puss In Boots makes a great theme-park ride, a thrill-a-minute feast for the eyes and the semicircular canals.
  20. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Oct 27, 2011
    50
    All in all, the 3-D animations wow without gimmickry, Banderas purrs without peer - and it's a cheerful movie.
  21. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 26, 2011
    50
    Puss in Boots is beautifully animated (with 3-D that adds nothing), but the film is so mindlessly busy that it seems to be trying to distract you from the likable, one-note feline swashbuckler at its center.
  22. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Oct 24, 2011
    50
    For all the fuss, it dissolves almost immediately upon contact.
  23. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 25, 2011
    40
    The pomo thrill was already wearing thin a few "Shrek" entries ago; here, the reliance on self-referentiality really risks coming off like yesterday's Purina.
  24. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 28, 2011
    38
    Relentlessly mediocre cartoon.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 66
  2. Negative: 3 out of 66
  1. Feb 13, 2012
    7
    It's not one of the year's best, but it certainly is the year's most enjoyable return of Puss.
  2. Oct 29, 2011
    7
    Fully entertaining for both the kids and adults, but it does not live up to the wit standards of the best of this class (like the originalFully entertaining for both the kids and adults, but it does not live up to the wit standards of the best of this class (like the original Shrek). Still, better than anything else in the family genre in the last few months. Full Review »
  3. Feb 3, 2012
    8
    Puss in Boots is a very good Action Adventure film. Some negative criticism comes from people who label it a Comedy and in turn to find outPuss in Boots is a very good Action Adventure film. Some negative criticism comes from people who label it a Comedy and in turn to find out it's not bursting at the seams with laughter. More like the chuckles are spread out little by little throughout the film which I did enjoy. If you do not compare this film directly to the Shrek movies, which bombards you with jokes and such, then I believe you will enjoy this movie more. Another thing that stems negativity is that people believe there is too much adult humor for a children's movie. That tells me that there are some people still out there that believe all cartoons are for kids, which is not the case. Included are underlying mature themes that, I believe, is done tastefully. Very good movie and highly recommended. Full Review »