A nifty little caper in which blustery gangsters, intrepid detectives, cat burglars (one of them literally feline) and a little girl named Zoe scamper across nighttime rooftops unraveling a pleasantly tangled plot.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A slight, attractive tale: a childlike fable of a little girl and her preternaturally intelligent cat that swiftly devolves into a very old-school cops and robbers yarn.
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
At a little over an hour, it's a slight but visually charming adventure.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
"A Cat in Paris" has a low-key charm and pleasurably laconic visual style.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
Unoriginal and mired in bad jokes.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
[It] glories in striking silhouettes, a slinky '50s beat, a bright storybook palette and an entrancing brand of make-believe that grown-ups can believe in.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
A Cat in Paris is thrilling, and a thrilling example of traditional ink and paint cartooning.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The graphic design and humor are whimsical, the color scheme deep and shadowy, and the perils facing Zoe and her police-inspector mom just shivery enough to give the story some spice.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A Cat in Paris is easy enough on the eyes yet never quite justifies feature-length status.
Jordan Mintzer - Variety
Seems slight and unremarkable...
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
ections of A Cat in Paris feel draggy even at the abbreviated running time of 65 minutes. But in the best parts, the crisscrossing plot strands all pause for a moment, and we just get to watch and listen to what's going on in this stylishly imagined world
Dana Stevens - Slate
This unexpected Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee is sleek, stylish animated escapade that makes vivid, affecting use of its brief running time.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
There are wild chases and fever dreams, and sometimes the thieving and the thieves become a muddle. But the animation of A Cat in Paris itself is so artful, it steals the day.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
This French import is a welcome (read: hand-drawn as opposed to CGI) movie that packs a lot of punch in its hour-long running time.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's a fun and exciting film that both kids and adults can enjoy.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Come for the film, stay for the urban-mural visuals, leave vaguely satisfied.
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
Twentysomething caped-crusader fans may get a warmer buzz of nostalgia here than they will at The Dark Knight Rises.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
While the fluid hand-drawn animation provides a pleasant stylistic alternative to the predominance of 3D computer animation in the marketplace, the story leaves a lot to be desired.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
An animated delight, and certainly not just for kids.
John Anderson - Newsday
Animated thriller's action makes it best for older kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Imagine Disney's The Rescuers had it been directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and you're zeroing in on the tone of this Oscar-nominated charmer.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
"A Cat in Paris" has a jazzy, relaxed beauty; it's old-school, hand-drawn animation, and you sense the fun the artists were having.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
If you're an animation buff or a lover of Paris, you won't be disappointed.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol favor a modish visual style and a jazzy score, both of which are charming.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Although "A Cat in Paris" is new and was nominated for this year's animation Oscar, it already has the feel of a movie that will stand the test of time.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A Cat in Paris falters in the middle with too much farcical plot involving a clumsy, murderous gang, but it finds itself with a neat climax amidst the gargoyles atop the Notre Dame cathedral.
Gerald Peary - Boston Phoenix
It's a sweet and disquieting excursion made by filmmakers whose eyes and ears and imaginations are in marvelous sync.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A Cat in Paris is an animated delight, a hand-drawn puff pastry.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Where do cats go at night? Animated Cat delightfully answers that eternal question for young and older audiences [in] a city of shadows enveloped in noir sounds of jazz.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
Its imaginative artistry - and brevity - keep you from dwelling on the shortcomings of its story-telling.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A very under-developed French animated thriller that fails to engage our emotions.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Very atmospheric animated policier should deliver the goods for older as well as younger audiences.
David Noh - Film Journal International
A barely feature-length diversion that lacks the energy to grip younger viewers or the depth to impress adults, but it earns respect with its makers' dedication to old-school craft.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
The visuals of A Cat in Paris resonate in any language, and it doesn't hurt that the picture features a stunning, stealthy Bernard Hermann-style orchestral score by Serge Bessett.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
There's hardly a frame wasted here.
Scott Tobias - NPR
An animated film with the cozy charm of an advertisement for Starbucks French Roast, A Cat in Paris is all design and no danger.
Joseph Jon Lanthier - Slant Magazine
The old-fashioned 2D animation is a welcome change from the current 3D obsession. Charming.
Mark Adams - Daily Mirror [UK]
A pleasantly flickering hand-made comedy-thriller in which Dino, a cat belonging to Zoe, daughter of a widowed female police superintendent, gets involved in crime.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Beautifully animated and gorgeously designed, this is a hugely enjoyable and deservedly Oscar nominated French adventure with an emotionally engaging central story, delightful characters and a terrific score.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Serge Besset's jazzy score and some smart dialogue help things along, and the finale atop Notre Dame is quite something.
- This is London
A Cat in Paris does feel a little lightweight - and, at 70 minutes, a little short - to venture unaccompanied into commercial cinemas. Still, a pleasant little trifle.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Charming. We'll be watching for what Feliciol and Gagnol deliver next.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
It's dead cute and exceedingly French, with all the somewhat arbitrary plotting that implies.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Elegantly hand-drawn in a style that is part Picasso-esque faux naivete, part noirish chiaroscuro, A Cat In Paris [has] enough action, intrigue, suspense, comedy and romance to fill a film far longer and less lean than this.
Anton Bitel - Film4
[W]hy does this children's book of a film morph, after a delightful, beautifully observed, feline-biographical opening, into a gangster crime story? It's weird, is what it is.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The human faces are similarly modern-artish, though more Modigliani, and there's a very funny yapping terrier who yaps on regardless even when winter weather reduces him to two paws sticking up through thick snow.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Some of the violence may be a little much for younger viewers but the unconventional story plus carefully considered characters make this a must.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
It's difficult to imagine the audience for this pretty but hollow film.
Derek Adams - Time Out
A charming, visually sparkling Parisian fantasy with a dark edge.
David Parkinson - Empire Magazine
A slight story but delicately drawn with a feline, jazzy score.
A Cat in Paris, France's recent Oscar-nominated animated feature, suffuses its story of gangsters and thieves with a playfulness as nimble as the feline after which it's named.
N. K. Carter - Paste Magazine
It's so wonderfully fun that I'm now hoping it wins the award come Oscar night.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
...will delight adults as well as the children who are its target audience,
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
Jean-Loup Felicioni and Alain Gagnol draw inspiration from Expressionist painters to give their short but not-too-sweet animation its distinctive fluid style...its light and shade perfectly matching the night-time skyline where much of the action is set.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Here's an adult animation from Belgium with a sly, geometrical animation style and a story that combines the French policier with the American gangsters that originally inspired them.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A Cat in Paris is animation, yes, but the story, its many threads and mature theme is aimed squarely at the adult and older teen audience that can appreciate a stirring drama in anime form.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A charming little French animation (not suitable for very young children,) directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli...
Leba Hertz - San Francisco Chronicle