Because of King's phenomenal popularity as a master of the comically macabre, executive producer Dino De Laurentiis has stinted on nothing to bring these tales alive. This means that the special effects are impeccable and Giorgio Postiglione's production design meticulous and inspired. Yet it's the well-drawn characters, plus the brisk, stylish direction of Teague and superb camerawork of Cardiff, that make it work.
This jokey horror movie, adapted in part from King's short stories, is composed of three brief tales, the perfect form for him. Instead of having to create characters and a story, King simply has to come up with a gimmick and a punch line -- and on to the next.
Stories by Stephen King are traditionally brought to the screen in the worst possible shape, so it's gratifying to report that Cat's Eye, a King trilogy, is not a terrible movie. It's not going to go down in anyone's annals, either, but it's fun and, if you like cats, ultimately quite gratifying. [17 Apr 1985, p.B5]
In this film, based on short stories by Stephen King, three stories intertwine through the same cat. The idea seems good and, in fact, its an interesting way to bring to the cinema stories that, alone, don't justify a feature length. The big problem with the film is that it doesn't immediately make clear that we're seeing a black humor movie. The public fills the theater expecting a horror film or a thriller and leaves very disappointed. It's one of those cases where they expects one thing and the movie is something different. Its the fault of the public? Partly yes. But let us go on. The film is divided into three parts but the cat has increased protagonism in the last. James Woods and Drew Barrymore (still making adorable child roles) are the most notorious actors, playing quite satisfactorily. You can never clearly tell what force pushes the cat through the film until find the girl and that is the biggest flaw in the movie for me. The film never scares us but it has a number of rather comical scenes that can impress the most sensitive people, given the kind of humor presented.