The Rabbi's Cat

  • Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: Dec 7, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Jan 17, 2013
    It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 7, 2012
    The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Dec 6, 2012
    Though this gorgeously animated affair showcases the artist's freewheeling style and colorful arabesque imagery, its rambling episodic structure is not quite the cat's meow, even if it remains a thoroughly enjoyable take on Judaism in early 20th century North Africa.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Dec 6, 2012
    Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 6, 2012
    Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.
  6. Reviewed by: Sarah Fisch
    Dec 6, 2012
    An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 6, 2012
    The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.
  8. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Dec 6, 2012
    This feature-length 3D adaptation of Sfar's comicbook series shares many of the same virtues and problems of his solo, live-action helming debut, the biopic "Gainsbourg," in that it is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
  9. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Dec 6, 2012
    While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 6, 2015
    The movie meanders aimlessly from scene to scene, but is imminently watchable due to the sparkling dialogue. The movie easily handles heavyThe movie meanders aimlessly from scene to scene, but is imminently watchable due to the sparkling dialogue. The movie easily handles heavy topics like racism and religion with a good sense of humor. The artwork is beautiful throughout, that is I think it is because the Blu-ray edition I watched was only available in French with English subtitles and they talk so fast in the film I was looking at the bottom of the screen reading most of the time. You better be a speed reader. I don't think the movie has ever been dubbed in English. This is animation for adults only - there is even a brutal killing in it. Highly recommended. Full Review »