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  1. Oct 14, 2014
    A nice spin-off based on the sidekick character of Shrek, has a lot of fun with the source material, I don't think the story is the strong part, but I guess it's not bad.
  2. Oct 6, 2014
    Puss in Boots is an excellent movie that developed an already interesting character with an interesting story. The story revolves around a quest Puss in Boots goes on with a childhood friend. Through his experiences during the quest, the audience can see a different side of Puss through his childhood and his relationships with others. Still a humorous weave of childhood tales, the story in this movie has a lot of interesting moments that, despite being intended for a young audience, still has layers an older audience will enjoy as well. Overall, I thought this was an excellent movie. I can't wait to see the next one and hope it comes out soon. Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2014
    "You made the cat angry. You do not want to make the cat angry!"

    Puss in Boots is a fun filled adventure with plenty of witty humor, likable characters that have an abundance of charm, top notch animation, and its one of the best animation movies from DreamWorks. Now i guess some people see this movie as a cash grab and lets be honest it is but that doesn't take away that this movie was
    way better than the two the previous Shrek movies which sadly i watch at the theaters, but its also one of the best animation movies from 2011 in general. So i decided that id skip watching it at the theaters and just stick to a home viewing and seriously i laughed so much while watching it. Even though its more of a kids movie it still does have its hints of maturity at times like that Puss in Boots is a womanizer, also that he has catnip and says its for his "glaucoma", i totally missed that the first time i had watched it.

    The movie follows Puss in Boots(Antonio Banderas) and it tells the legend of Puss before we see him chilling with Shrek and Donkey. As a baby he was abandoned and wondered for days before winding on the door step of a orphanage, the caretaker a loving woman with a great heart takes him in and raises him as her own. He is soon introduced to all the other kids during eating time and before he can eat himself the person next to him takes his beans then starts to write something down in a book Puss is mad but then is shocked when the guy introduces himself as Humpty Alexander Dumpty. Before Puss can say anything back some older kids come up to him and start picking on him that's when Humpty tells them to go pick on someone else so they start to pick on him. Puss then retaliates by beats up the three older kids with a spatula it was funny especially when little Puss Hisses at them. After eating during playtime Puss follows Humpty into a tent where we see Humpty planting the beans he took from Puss and seeing if they are magical but of course they are not.

    Pretty much from here Puss and Humpty become the best of friends and as they get older they both get into loads of trouble by stealing things but after so many times of disappointing his mother Puss decides that he has had enough of getting in trouble. Not Humpty though who then tricks Puss into helping him steal a bunch of gold from the towns bank and while trying to get away from the law Puss leaves Humpty on a bridge to be caught and thrown in prison. Now from here Puss's only mission is to find the "Magic Beans" and "The Golden Goose" so he can pay back all the gold that was lost when it fell off the bridge back then. The story may no be the strongest part of the movie but it was decent enough for it to showcase its wonderful characters, Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots was the best we seen of him yet and Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws was just as great although Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty did do a decent job but was honestly a let down seeing as i know how funny Zach Galifianakis can really be.

    Overall i give it a 7.3 I just seen that they are making a sequel to this but sadly it wont be till late 2018.
  4. Nov 30, 2013
    This move was a perfect story behind Puss. It has a good character development with enough back story to understand what's going on. It even had a good set of actors which voiced the characters perfectly. It is defiantly one of the better animated movies I've ever seen.
  5. Aug 28, 2013
    I understand that it's meant to be a kids movie but every scene in this movie is silly, why couldn't the movie be like Shrek where it's silly enough for kids to enjoy but serious enough for adults to enjoy too. When one character dies (I'm not saying who) I didn't care because throughout the whole film he had been annoying. Puss In Boots is enjoyable if your under 12 but if your an adult.......get a babysitter to take them instead. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    Thought this was good fun, but not nearly as good as it could have been. The Puss in Boots character is a great hero with fantastic comedy value but the lame villain and simplistic and predictable plot let it down.
  7. Jul 29, 2013
    A very fun family film with the type of layered comedy that you want from this type of film. However, it doesn't have the same depth of characters as Shrek. That said, I thought the Jack & Jill characters were very good, as was the plot twist. I would definitely recommend this as an extension of the Shrek films and unlike other spin offs, this offers a new and interesting story and is deserving to be placed alongside the Shrek franchise. Expand
  8. Jul 27, 2013
    Much better than Shrek 3 and 4 but not as good as the first 2 Puss in Boots is a successful spin-off. It still has the charm that the Shrek films had and it appeals to an audience of all ages. It has it's funny moments and it's animation is simply beautiful. it is slightly lacking when compared to the first two Shreks but all and all it is a good film.
  9. Jun 11, 2013
    An entertaining easy-going animation film with great cast and a hilarious character.Puss in boots was great
  10. Apr 20, 2013
    For a film that did not need to exist Puss and Boots turned out ok. It took a different take on the Shrek world and gave us a decent action/adventure flick. While it times it can be fun and charming some slow parts and the lack of much for an older audience hold it back from being spectacular. However, the films action and adventure feel and somewhat unpredictable story, at least for me, make it a bit better than Shrek 4. If you are looking for something to show the kids that is fun and family friendly, excluding some subtle adult humor, Puss in Boots not a bad rent just do not expect to go gag a over it the way your kids will. Expand
  11. Mar 31, 2013
    Accion, aventura, diversión. Divertidos y sensuales personajes. Cómo siempre encantador, con ojazos y con estilo Antonio Banderas El Zorro. Un canto a la amistad.
  12. Jan 12, 2013
    A film that lives up to Shrek.
  13. Dec 1, 2012
    I thought it'd be an alright movie (at least a 6-7) but it was a lot better then I expected. Good voice acting by the casting, It was funny, and it was interesting to watch from start to finish. I think they could easily make a new trilogy of films behind Puss because he's a pretty enjoable character. I would love to see a sequel.
  14. Nov 7, 2012
    The addition of the Humpty Dumpty character is a mistake and leaves Puss to carry the entire film. Puss in Boots, though entertaining, is a missed opportunity indeed.
  15. Sep 5, 2012
    "Puss in Boots" is another DreamWorks movie, and really enjoyable. I was truly amazed from the visuals, and the plot was great. it brings you laughs, but It's not spectacular.
  16. Aug 17, 2012
    As a cat lover I felt I couldn
  17. May 9, 2012
    Puss in Boots is an action/comedy movie which is worth to watch. The plot is great and the characters too. But it doesn't feel the great experience and humor of Shrek, but still this movie haves many funny moments. Even my favorite character is Puss in Boots, so I decided to watch it in cinema, so It is a worth watching movie.
  18. May 5, 2012
    I was hoping that some of the magical humour of Shrek would be present in this offshoot film but I was sorely disappointed. I didn't even make it to the end of the film before I gave up. It's boring and the humour is sparse and not actually all that funny.
  19. Apr 28, 2012
    Puss in Boots in a cute and funny spin-off that is in fact better than the last two Shrek films, it features great animation and it is enjoyable for both young and older audiences.
  20. Apr 13, 2012
    Funny and enjoyable, also a good way to bring back Puss in Boots, some of the humor can be a little inappropriate so don't let the very young ones see, but if your looking for a good rental and like DreamWorks previous movies then this is a good choice.
  21. Apr 10, 2012
    Perhaps the best domestic animated film of 2011 (in this reviewers opinion). Pros: The animation and voice acting is stellar. The action was also surprisingly good. Unlike some reviewers, I felt the movie was quite funny. Sure it was cheesy, but in the way a good pun is.

    Cons: I thought the intro (brief) was the worse part of the film, but it's never good to start things with a whimper.
  22. Mar 15, 2012
    Unwatchable. This is what spin-offs are. Dreamworks wasn't content with 4 Shreks, they had to spin-off a sword-wielding feline. Alas, we get a **** version of Zorro - voiced by Zorro himself - complete with enough cat jokes and cutaways to milk-sopping to make me a dog-lover for life. Pixar is the unquestioned leader in animation not because of their animation so much as their storytelling ability and their integrity (i.e. not letting a mediocre spin-off tarnish their name). Miss this and go take in "Toy Story 3" for the 4th time. Expand
  23. Mar 6, 2012
    This has got to be the best animated movie ever. It's cute, funny, and just plain addictive. Especially if you are a cat person! Certainly, can't wait for another one.
    I give it a billion paws up!
  24. Mar 2, 2012
    Puss in Boots feels like Shrek 4. Both movies had great visuals and good action, but their stories felt somewhat empty. Puss in Boots however, does have a slightly better ending than Shrek 4.
  25. Feb 27, 2012
    HA! You know what, I really liked it. I was a bit afraid that it was going to be a cheap side-story to Shrek and lose its original charm, but it didnâ
  26. Feb 26, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Better then the third and fourth Shrek movies, and just as excellent as Puss's first appearance in Shrek 2! I never expected to see Humpty Dumpty go from being a random fairy tale character to a rather tragic character. Expand
  27. Feb 13, 2012
    It's not one of the year's best, but it certainly is the year's most enjoyable return of Puss.
  28. Feb 6, 2012
    Puss in Boots May not be Dreamworks best Animation but its definitely not bad . Puss in Boots is no where near Shrek 1 or 2 but its better then shrek 3 & 4. Characters impression was very impressive . Animation was Very good. Story was average ! The bean and the tree part was great but the ending was a bit shallow . The story set in the western area doesn't go well for an Animation Movie . Though Puss in Boots was funny but it had some boring part. I did expected a lot more but it didn't disappointed me much ! Expand
  29. Feb 3, 2012
    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 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. Expand
  30. Jan 30, 2012
    Not too deep or anything but this is pure fun, enjoyment, adventure, excitement with lots of humor. Banderas was made for Puss in Boots. I had a good time.
  31. Jan 30, 2012
    Excellent spin off, good fun for adults and kids. Was the first cinema trip my 18 month had ever had, and he actually sat still for the majority of it, which says something! Superb animation, great voices and humour, just a lovely fairytale.
  32. Jan 13, 2012
    From the reviews I seen, I didn't exactly have high hopes. But I actually had fun watching this movie. If a sequel came, I would watch it definitely.
  33. Jan 5, 2012
    Puss In Boots delivers where other animated kids fail. It delivers humor for both adults and kids, as well as appealing to the common Shrek fan and cat lover. It you don't like a nice story with a good spin on folk tales then this is not the movie for you.
  34. Dec 31, 2011
    A few jokes meant for adults. Very stylish with the Spanish theme. Loved the way Zach Galifianakis portrayed Humptey. This is better for me than Shrek 2.
  35. Dec 28, 2011
    Puss in Boots is funny, eye-catching animation but somewhat missing. "Adult entertainment." It's for the kids, really work, but don't bring a date. It lacks of emotion.
  36. Dec 12, 2011
    this movie is about a journey there is Humpty Dumpty(the brains) puss in boots(the aggressive) and Kitty Softpaws(the skills) that's what makes it a great movie, plus the jokes and excitement definitely go see this movie
  37. Dec 11, 2011
    Mediocre cartoon. Too much adult humor. Too many things were just plain ridiculous. There are a lot of better kids movies. I think cars 2 was better than this movie and I disliked cars 2 as well. If you want to see Puss n Boots in a movie, just go watch Shrek, Shrek was good.
  38. Dec 10, 2011
    The story may be a bit silly, but is very good and unpredictable for a cartoon. The ending is surprising and may leave you thinking for the rest of the night "what the hell". It is funny, too. *look to the sides* OOOOOOH!
  39. Dec 5, 2011
    Coming into this movie I expected to a childish bore feast. I was amazed by how good this movie was. It had action, humor, and a good ending. So take it from me a 17 year old this movie is for everybody not just kiddies.
  40. Dec 3, 2011
    Si je devais garder en tête un personnage de Shrek (à part l'Ã
  41. Nov 27, 2011
    Fantastic graphic and action scenes. An ultimate catgasm. What's not to like? I like the fact that the role of Humpty Dumpty is included in this movie. Very well done. Although, I would like to know more about Humpty Dumpty's origin in this movie. Expectation fulfilled :D
  42. Nov 26, 2011
    I thought it had a great story and was funny.Loved the cat that would cover his month and say ooohhhh every time they would a little weird with the whole bean stock thing but over all I thought was good.
  43. Nov 25, 2011
    Puss does not disappoint. They have added a nice collection of secondary characters to allow the Puss to do his thing. End plays out a bit like a Twilight Zone episode, and might leave a few young ones a bit shocked.
  44. Nov 23, 2011
    Funny, and Clever. May not be as good as Shrek, but it gets up somewhere. The idea was as good as i expected, dialog was good as well, but the many Cat puns had me shaking my head. if only they Tried to take more of a Subtle Adult humor take, instead of plainly childish.
  45. Nov 18, 2011
    I've been expecting much more than what I've seen. If you have watched the trailer, then you can notice that all the jokes were in it (that is to say ... 3 jokes !), so it's a serious failure for what is to be a comedy movie. Apart from that, the storyline didn't blow my mind, yet it was rather good entertainment. Oh and I was about to forget : I don't think Puss in Boots is cute, but this is just my personal point of view ! When the movie is released in France, I won't bother spending around 8â Expand
  46. Nov 15, 2011
    PIB astounded me not only with his voice but with his connection with Softpaws. They've got to create an award for voice actor duets because A.B. and S.H. sparked a bonfire of joy like they did in the movie Desperado; where they actually had a moment of gratification in bed.
  47. Nov 14, 2011
    A fun, light-hearted romp throug the origins and adventures of Puss in Boots (the infamous feline from the Shrek series). I found the story to be much more engaging than expected. As always with Dreamworks the animation was spot on, and the venues in which this adventures took place were gorgeously rendered and varied as well. Many laughable moments are in store for anyone in the mood for some very subtle humor. Recommended for anyone with a heart for animation, adventure, and of course, cats! Expand
  48. Nov 14, 2011
    Haha, what's there to say that's bad about this movie? From the start of the Shrek series, Puss was obviously that character everyone loved. With the smoothness of Antonio Banderas' voice with the hilarious actions of Puss on the screen, makes this movie great. See this movie.
  49. Nov 13, 2011
    Your first question should be "What do I expect from this Movie?" That makes a difference. I think the humor was just enough to entertain, and the storyline was just enough to entertain. This movie brought a little more than I expected...a biography, of sorts, of Puss in Boots. The 3D effect wasn't mind-blowing, at all. For me, the movie was entertaining and delivered enough to have me feel at the end that my $9.50 for the experience was worth it. Once. Expand
  50. Nov 10, 2011
    I had low expectations of this spin off film as it's lead character was little but light comic relief in the Shrek series, Well colour me pleasantly surprised then as the picture easily holds it's own against it's green counterpart. It's a fun jaunt deeper into the universe Dreamworks created for Shrek and the trip is a worthwhile one. A suitable amount of jokes for the young ones and a selection that will fly right over their heads for the rest of us. Take the kids and unlike most of the films you take them to you'll never find yourself yawning. Expand
  51. Nov 10, 2011
    This is obviously the BEST animated movie of the year by far. The story is GREAT, the animation is just AMAZING, The only teeny tiny bad thing that is why I am giving it a 9 not a 10 is that there should be more characters like in Shrek.
  52. Nov 10, 2011
    Ever since Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) showed his adorable face and fighting spirit in Shrek 2, it was only going to be a matter of time before he got his own movie. Puss in Boots is simple, innocent, and takes the audience on a wild, adventurous journey from Spanish towns to the Giantâ
  53. Nov 10, 2011
    Puss in boots is so cute and funny, i liked him when he was in Shrek and i did find him a lot more interesting than Shrek because he was so cute and funny. I liked the film a lot but i didn't think the quality was as good as it could be :)
  54. Nov 9, 2011
    besides me loving cats i really fount the trailer quite funny and i was Intrigued to know more and its amazing i did not expect it one bit and it was better than my expectaions from now puss in boots is an aboslute legend and its funny.
  55. Nov 4, 2011
  56. Nov 3, 2011
    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 original Shrek). Still, better than anything else in the family genre in the last few months.
  57. Nov 1, 2011
    This movie was just plain fun. Not as good as the first two shreks but better than the third and fourth. This movie was hilariois. Antonio Banderas does such a great job voicing Puss in boots. Absolutely hilarious. And Zach Galifinakis was very good as Humpy. I loved this movie, very fun and adventurous movie. 8/10
  58. Nov 1, 2011
    Besides being an occasional pleaser for non-fans, "Puss in Boots" will definitely entertain followers of the franchise, with the backstory of the titular character being told in a silly, and sometimes breathtaking, adventure. The film retains an annoyingly static amount of interest, sometimes plummeting, and suffers a lack of taste and dignity at other times. Unexpectedly though, there is a strong point in the writing, where there are scenes in the story that give hints to what will happen next without making the predictable boring. The action, travel and fight scenes are a definite treat; the film features top-notch animation of scenery. At the very least, seeing the movie will satisfy people's want to know Puss's story, and that enough makes it watchable and gives the watcher something to remember it by, but of course no one could forget Antonio Banderas's majestic portrayal of Puss. Final score: 78/100 Expand
  59. Oct 31, 2011
    Sharp, witty fun, this 'Shrek' spin-off is loads of fun. Personally, I found Puss to be a more enjoyable character than Shrek (I was a never a huge fan of the Shrek movies) and the cast is wonderful (especially Banderas). Animation is superb and the 3-D definitely adds to the experience (can't say that too often!). Kids will love it, highly recommended.
  60. Oct 31, 2011
    Puss in Boots is another entertaining Dreamworks animated movie. Puss in Boots was what I expected - interesting characters, some great laughs (including the Shrek-like humor for adults only), and an interesting backstory. Unfortunately, no cameos from major Shrek characters. The star of the movie was definitely Banderas's Puss. If you liked the character from previous movies, you will not be disappointed. Salma Hayak as Kitty Softpaws was decent enough although not very memorable in any way. And finally, Zach Galifianakis's Humpty Dumpty will be a polarizing character in my opinion. If you thought Rumpelstiltskin from Shrek Forever After was a tad on the annoying side, I think you'll feel the same way about Humpty Dumpty.. Anyways, the story is good. The integration of former players in nursery rhymes and fairy tales is seamless. And the comedy is standard Shrek-style delivering lots of laughs for children and the occasional adult-only joke. The visuals are stunning. And the music is fantastic. It almost felt like an action-packed spaghetti western with a Latin flavor. I definitely enjoyed myself. I also talked to quite a few people afterwords and the consensus was that the children all loved it and the adults kept using the word "cute" in so many different ways to describe their feelings about the movie. Expand
  61. Oct 31, 2011
    '' Puss in Boots '' is a good, fun, enjoyable movie to see, especially with your kids, if you have one. I like the fact that it doesn't rely with the Shrek movies. What I mean is that you don't have to see any Shrek movie to understand this film. The creators had done a terrific job developing the character Puss in boots's (his origins, etc). All the other characters were great. Every actor's voice matched perfectly with their character. Of course, we all know Antonio Banderas (as Puss in Boots), but even Zach Galifianakis (as Humpty Dumpty) and Salma Hayek (as Kitty Softpaws) did a wonderful job. The comic moments were cleaver, and they all had the perfect timing (essential in comedy). It also has that Mexican style, with the songs and all that. It funny for me, because in this movie (including Shrek) they make fun of fairy tales. So the creators put all type of stereotypes and representation for each fairy tale character (like Puss in boots is Spanish). This movie didn't lose that sort of '' humor ''. A thing that I founded interesting was, in some scenes, they splited the screens, to show different places at the same time. They made fun of that, which was cool. In general, it's enjoyable movie, worth a watch. Expand
  62. Oct 31, 2011
    I enjoyed the first 20 minutes or so, but once the quest for the eggs begins it starts to really drag. I was pleasantly surprised that there were no Shrek tie-ins or references and the Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino homages were well done. All in all, not horrible, but certainly not the best animated film of the year.
  63. Oct 30, 2011
    Puss in Boots is very good spin-off and I enjoy this movie with great expectations to see it. First of, the story takes place were Puss becomes a legendary cat before he meets Shrek until later. Puss joins Humptey Dumptey and Kitty Softpaws to find the magic beans from the evil Jack and Jill and they must work each other as a team to get the golden eggs at the top of the clouds more like from the fairy tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk." Next, we meet the characters from the movie. Antonio Banderas returns the voice as "Puss in Boots", Salma Hayek voice as "Kitty Softpaws", Zack Galifianakis voice as "Humptey Alexander Dumptey", and of course "Jack & Jill" was voice by Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. Those characters are fun to watch and they did pretty well such as Banderas and Hayek since they team up in "Desperado." Most importantly, the animation was wonderful and I saw this movie once again in 3D. It's very beautiful and I can see the background that the 3D could take you anywhere and its done well since the animation brings 3D to see. In my opinion, this movie was fun, swashbuckling, and funny at the same time and this cat was awesome! Expand
  64. Oct 29, 2011
    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 original Shrek). Still, better than anything else in the family genre in the last few months.

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: Olly Richards
    Dec 5, 2011
    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.
  2. 75
    Puss in Boots is essentially non-stop dazzling action scenes loosely connected by a thin, predictable story of greed versus good.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Oct 28, 2011
    Relentlessly mediocre cartoon.