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  • Summary: An extraordinary look at a fateful excursion of "fun and frolic" aboard William Randolph Hearst's private yacht in November of 1924 that brought together some of the century's best known personalities and resulted in a still-unsolved, hushed-up killing. (Lions Gate Films)
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 90
    Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing comeback for Peter Bogdanovich.
  2. If it speaks with a quieter voice than many of Bogdanovich's early pictures, what it has to say seems substantially more personal and thoughtful.
  3. Bogdanovich adds touches to appeal to serious film fans.
  4. 70
    If there were any justice in the world, The Cat's Meow would be the beginning of the rehabilitation of Davies' image.
  5. The result is good gossip, entertainingly delivered, yet with a distinctly musty odour, its expiry date long gone.
  6. 58
    Swell when it purrs, when the three top stars are in full form, but it spits and hisses and screeches too often to take full hold.
  7. The script is dead in the water, and most of the misanthropic repartee rings resoundingly false.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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