Most of the movie has the cruddy lighting and generic, death-by-franchise atmosphere of a third-rate spectacle that's been worked over by too many hacks.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Directed by a Frenchman with the single, not uncatlike name of Pitof, Catwoman is a howlingly silly, moderately diverting exercise in high, pointless style.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
The screenplay is flat and predictable, and bad dialogue prevails.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Catwoman is dragged down by a paper-thin story, the predictable number of fight scenes executed at equally predictable intervals and stock, unmemorable characters.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Silly and misfired.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Watching [Halle Berry] run around in that getup I felt embarrassed, the way I do for people who put on makeup before climbing a StairMaster -- it's too much.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
This plodding, by-the-numbers superhero flick has all the feline grace of a walleyed mastiff.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
A movie needs more than a few sexual innuendos and throaty purrs to keep us from taking a catnap.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
You'd never know Berry is an Oscar-winning actress -- her performance as Patience is downright amateurish.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Any way you look at it, Catwoman disappoints.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
[A] laughable disaster.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Tired and dated.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The Showgirls of superhero movies.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
Obviously, no one involved in this disaster cares anything at all about Catwoman.
Noah Berlatsky - Chicago Reader
Awful adaptation of the comic-book character created by Batman's Bob Kane.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The movie suffers from the opposite of a syndrome affecting most comic-book spin-offs.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Catwoman is fully as terrible as you guessed it might be.
Tom Long - Detroit News
This wretched film is nothing but an excuse to show [Halle Berry] wearing that skimpy leather suit.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The kind of movie that almost guarantees the loss of a few I.Q. points.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Plays like a Lifetime movie on estrogen overdose, barely held together by a script that should have been tossed out with the kitty litter.
David Rooney - Variety
A purr-fectly ridiculous and boring cat-astrophe.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Arguably the worst superhero film ever made.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Get out the kitty litter.
Peter Goddard - Toronto Star
Every odorous frame before and after [the 'outfit'] can be safely consigned to the litter box.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Instead of basking in the considerable charms Berry has to offer, the director, Pitof ... treats them like accessories to the picture's flashy, senseless cutting and overused special effects.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Despite its feline pretensions, Catwoman belongs to another animal family -- it's either a dog or a turkey. Take your pick.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Seems destined to join Showgirls and its ilk as a fast-starting and even faster-fading theatrical release that could enjoy an afterlife as a midnight movie and video/DVD item where viewers supply alternate dialogue.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
When is a cat a dog? When it's Catwoman.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The stench of the litter pan is all over this big-screen $90 million disaster-in-waiting.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Not everybody will be able to swallow its heady romanticism, yet its French director, Pitof, has brought sophistication to a comic book sensibility.
Kevin Thomas - Los Angeles Times
[Provides] a safety net for every person who ever directs a superhero movie for the rest of time: "Well, that completely sucked, but it was no Catwoman".
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This movie is kitty litter.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
From the looks of French director Pitof's poorly realized effort of bringing DC Comics' "Catwoman to the big screen, it seems unlikely that a sequel for the feline superhero/villain.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Widely considered a terrible movie, but if you enjoy the camp genre, it's a must-see. It is, in fact, camp on a catnip high.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
There is NOTHING redeeming about this film.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Hide this Catwoman on a hot tin roof -- or anywhere else no one is likely to see it.
Steven Rosen - Hollywood.com
Rated NFD (Not For the Discerning).
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Where is Batman when you really need him?
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
An almost unmitigated disaster, this major studio production with a major star in the lead (the Oscar-winning Halle Berry) comes across like a direct-to-video production, complete with ultra lame computer-generated effects and clueless direction ...
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
I'm pretty sure an actual cat could have made a better film.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Much better than it had to be and a lot better than many Internet critics, eager to hate it, wanted it to be.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
You're left with flashes of mis-spent promise: the feline mysticism; the cosmetics-industry intrigue; the idea of electrocuting Lambert Wilson's unctious corporate cad.
Dean Essner - Time Out
One life down, eight to go.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
An avalanche of de-clawed idiocy.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
'Claro ejemplo de la forma en que no se debe gastar el dinero en caprichos de productores a los que les importa un comino la inteligencia de la audiencia'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
The main question to ask is why did we need this project?
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
No other Catwoman has looked so good in a cat suit. Beyond that, the whole affair is pretty dumb, even by the goofy standards of superhero flicks.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Silly but not-nearly-campy-enough.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Tries to be funny, tries to be S&M. Directed by a guy called Pitof. Me-owwww!
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
If 'The star has a great rack!' is the best one can say for a movie, it better be a porno.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
The story isn't bad, but the script (for which three people get credit, John Brancato & Michael Ferris and John Rogers, always a bad sign) is occasionally bromidic.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
She stands on ledges, peering at all the buildings, or at the moon ... she might be hoping one of those places holds a better script.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
And what would the film be without its performances? Better.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
the cosmetics at the plot's centre do at least serve as a convenient metaphor for everything which is wrong with this shallow, superficial film.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
...doesn't quite cut it as the escapist comic caper...this tepid and tired movie has all the appeal of a box of stale Tender Vittles
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
For about 40 minutes Catwoman is campy, trashy and fun. Then it's just trash: dull and depressingly empty.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Badly directed, horribly scripted, dismal mess of a film that is every bit as bad as you've heard. Poor, poor Halle Berry.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This is only worth seeing if you can handle shallow characters and dull, plastic action scenes for the sake of unintentional laughs.
Roberto Sadovski - Empire Magazine
Halle Berry parece estar numa daquelas aulas de teatro em que o professor insiste para que os alunos finjam ser arvores, nuvens ou bicicletas ergometricas.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Gratuitous action, ill-defined characters, goofy plot. And moments when it's great fun.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A thriller you wouldn't inflict on a laboratory rat
James Christopher - Times [UK]
A profusion of typical comic book storyline cliches we have all seen a thousand times before in other films.
Michael Ferraro - Film Threat
Exactly as awful as it was rumored to be.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
...a monumental waste of your time to see.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A milking of the mediocre but after this fall from grace, Berry's got eight career leaps to go.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
French visual-FX expert Pitof directs, so the overuse of CGI is understandable, though even that can't conceal the insipid plot or Berry's ham-fisted performance.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
If movies were kitty litter, Catwoman would be the kind that doesn't absorb very well and fails to clump. And it would be stinky. Really, really stinky.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
So much emphasis is put on style and coolness that good, honest storytelling goes down the drain.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Touches on feminist ideals that are all but contradicted by a pair of skimpy leather pants.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
As I said, I know most people don't like this flick, but I think it is worth at least catching the matinee.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Dump it off at the Dumb Friends League
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Another story of female empowerment written and directed by guys who think "empowerment" gives a woman the courage to shop from a fetish catalogue.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
I'd rather change a dirty litter box than think about this movie anymore.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
[The early] segments of the film are deadly dull, but once Berry suits up, the movie enters MST3K territory and never looks back.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's really painful to watch.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
The movie is deadening because it's visually and aurally overdone in a lazy, scattershot manner.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's not nearly as awful as Batman & Robin, but it's worse off than, say, Steel. So you can see we're in a fairly terrible area here.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Eww, it smells like cats in here. Not that I don't love cats, but I don't want my supposed-to-be sleek and stylish comic-book movies reeking like that.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
If you're going to junk the character, then why not just flip through a dictionary and pick a new animal altogether -- say, Aardvarkwoman, or Buffalogal?
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Los fans del personaje se tendran que enfrentar (duramente) al hecho de que se trata de una version -muy- libre que la aleja del todo de Batman.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
I was pleasantly surprised with this new outing for Halle Berry.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
[Berry] is giving a performance much too earnest to have been intentionally campy, setting herself up as a veritable shoo-in for this year's 'Worst Actress' Razzie. Me-ouch!
Peter Debruge - Premiere Magazine
If you're a drag queen and loved "Showgirls," your newest source of inspiration has arrived. Everyone else: Skip it!
Luke Y. Thompson - Los Angeles CityBeat
this flick is so Giglicious ... I laughed so much I almost forgave Pitof for being in heat and spraying this cinematic violation all over DC's trademark vixen
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
This is barely a film -- it's more like a music video-slash- TV-commercial- slash-computer game.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Halle is Berry, Berry sexy even if the script is less than purr-fect
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
An adolescent fantasy run amok that owes more to drummer Peter Criss than to Julie Newmar.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Not beautifully bad so much as just plain terrible.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
This popcorn pic is the cat's meow.
Harvey S. Karten - Modamag.com
Catwoman is not necessarily the year's worst movie, but it is 2004's most pathetic.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The complete absence of a distinct visual style robs Catwoman of its imagination and wonder. It looks and feels utterly flat, which is the kiss of death in this genre
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Me-ouch! This is going to hurt Halle Berry's reputation as a serious actress.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Utterly devoid of merit, fantastic or otherwise, a more exasperating descent into the feline world is difficult to imagine.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Overall, the performances of Berry and Stone are the only things one can sink their claws into here.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Goes on my 'worst' list for the year, and quite possibly for all time.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Benjamin 'Box Office Ebola' Bratt is in this movie. The last time Ben was in a star vehicle it was Julia Roberts' Cadillac Escalade.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
It's a Spiderman ripoff, where commerical artist is bitten by a radioactive *****...okay, breathed on by the Egyptian cat goddess Bescht. Same damn thing!
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Hate is a strong word, but nowhere near fierce enough to describe the ear-steaming loathing Catwoman deserves.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Catwoman is almost unbelievably dumb.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Swordfish; Gothika; this howler. Best Actress winner Halle Berry is getting dangerously close to exhausting her nine Hollywood lives.
Larry Carroll - FilmStew.com
The summer that gave us what is arguably the best comic book movie of all time -- Spider-Man 2 -- has now choked up what is arguably the worst.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Most respectable comic-book plots rely on a genius scientist gone insane, an alien invader or the like as villainous foil. In Catwoman, the bad guy is a cosmetics company.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
Halle Berry's Catwoman is a dog. And no amount of tight black leather outfits, nauseating CGI effects and good-looking actors and actresses is going to change that.
Jerry McCormick - San Diego Union-Tribune
...makes me long for the quiet dignity of Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance in 'Batman and Robin.'
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Watching claws being scraped against a chalkboard apparently isn't any more enjoyable than listening to it.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
You gotta be kidding me.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Yes, this is a movie about killer cosmetics. Once you stop laughing at that, there's much more nonsense to endure.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
If one good thing can come out of this film, it's that this should provide an everlasting blueprint for what not to do with a comic book film.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Over-the-top and mostly preposterous, Catwoman just might be the Mommie Dearest of comic-book-based movies.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
This hairball on the soiled rug of the summer blockbuster schedule is gruesome enough to have been ejected from the esophagus of Bill the Cat...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Catwoman should be a fantasy fest enjoyed by every fetishist and dominatrix in the country.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
If you like "Van Helsing" and "The Punisher," then you'll enjoy this. Catwoman is worth seeing for its camp value and is better than it has any right to be.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
This hilarious, sexy, exciting farce is instead so consistently surprising and dazzling that I'm still not sure if it's a good-bad movie or a good-good movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Catwoman doesn't belong on the big screen. It belongs in the litter box or to be scraped off the bottom of our shoes as we head quickly for another theater.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
An odd, idiosyncratic movie -- dark in look and dark in spirit -- that plays as a kind of pop culture investigation into the meaning of feminism and the options open to women in the modern world.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Catwoman isn't really bad enough to be one of those awful movies we can't resist, nor is it incompetent enough to be the female Daredevil.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
After Gothika and now her turn in this Catwoman, it seems like Berry's career may be headed toward the litter box.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
The cinematic equivalent of a cat box.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
This Catwoman's super power is dressing up Halle Berry in a sexy leather number and still leaving audiences snoozing.
Christian Toto - Washington Times
It is just, for the most part, another run-of-the-mill craptacular destined to be forgotten in a couple of weeks...
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
When you have Berry in a Catwoman costume and Stone in a catsuit, and you can't even stage a decent catfight, why make a Catwoman movie at all?
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
A dopey, confused production.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
The worst superhero movie to date.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Oops! A costume catastrophe.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Catwoman" is kitty litter.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A clawless cross-breed of comic book movie cliches.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
If Halle Berry keeps this up, she's going to have to give that Oscar back.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Here's a movie that has nothing going for it except good bone structure.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
French director Pitof exhibits an approach to filmmaking as one-dimensional and pretentious as his own name.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
The haphazardly cut-together action scenes have been 'enhanced' with laughably bad digital effects; you could find screen savers with better animation.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
This film is just awful. A kitty cat-aclysm.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Law & Order: Feline Investigations Unit.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
A sloppy, schlocky piece of work.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Catwoman is not destined to have nine lives.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Campy, smart-and-dumb fun.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Less like a comic-book movie than a feature-length S&M video...Let's just hope Warner Bros. gets this feline spayed to prevent a sequel.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
There isn't an original bone in its body, but that isn't even the problem: no one in the production had any idea how to rip off better films with any degree of competence.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Catwoman mixes its messages, but it mixes them with style.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The result may appeal to Berry's fans but is Catwoman in name only.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Cartoonish effects and overacting make this more corn than catnip.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
[A] sloppy, dull, brain-dead waste of a movie.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Catwoman has all the appeal of a hairball.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Halle Berry is doing herself no favours with a screenplay so routine it seems to be trying to go unnoticed.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Putting Halle Berry in a tight leather suit is a good idea. The rest of the movie is not.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
This movie is not dark enough, campy enough or smart enough to succeed on any level.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Cheesy special effects, under drawn characters, simplistic writing (by a committee of scribes) and music video direction will likely draw the attention-deficit crowd
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Wildly entertaining -- but for all the wrong reasons.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
The film drags at 91 minutes, filled with dead air that should be crackling with pulp energy.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
They had me at the random basketball scene.
Fred Topel - About.com
She can do everything a Spider-Man can, but worse. Much, much, much, much worse.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A cynical and taxing trip through a thoroughly artificial world of obnoxious action, empowerment cliches, R&B cross-marketing and teeth-gnashing asides.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Another phony story of female empowerment.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Catwoman looks and feels like something culled together by a committee of greedy and inexperienced first-time producers. And horny 14-year-olds.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It's not even campy enough for a good laugh.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Catwoman is destined not for a Mystery Science Theater 3000 fate but for immortality as one of the subtlest, most thorough parodies I've ever seen.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
So much talent wasted. So much money squandered. So much opportunity missed.
Winda Benedetti - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Those looking for anything approximating a storyline along with their jigglefest will just have to keep dreaming.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Catwoman is stillborn in this resurrection, no matter how sweet the Berry.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Pure catnip for people who are partial to campy, stylish chick-flicks...
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
...a repeat viewing of Spider-Man 2 would undoubtedly be a better idea...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I've never cared much for cats anyway, but this clinches it. Next time I see one, I'm going to kick it into the river.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Entertaining, if not the cat's meow.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Berry, bodacious bod on constant display in a variety of odd contortions, moves as though she were choreographed by a low-rent version of Bob Fosse
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Spayed and declawed update of the oft-told DC Comics tale.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
Halle just hacked a hairball all over the summer boxoffice. And it ain't pretty.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Not even the sight of Halle Berry brandishing a whip while wearing a barely-there black leather catsuit is enough to excuse this campy exercise in bad filmmaking.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
What's not to love about a gal with a whip, stilettos, and sharp rhinestone claws? Guilty pleasure be thy name!
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Worst of all is how it never defines Catwoman - is she fighting for good and balancing that with cattish outbursts of bad, or just looking for an open can of tuna?
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
It's bad enough that not only are careers over, but somebody should be slapped.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
So bad that I actually recommend you see it. It's the movie you and your friends will rip on all summer long.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
Big-budget cheesiness built around the idea of getting Halle Berry into a sexy outfit
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Catwoman meows, purrs, and hisses, but mostly just sucks.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
A feline rehash of the Spider-Man origin story, with a whole lot more rump-shaking. (Tomato squeaks by as edible.)
Gregory Weinkauf - New Times
This cat doesn't purr.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
The latest comic book adaptation is marred by contrived plotting, self-indulgent direction, a campy vibe and a weak villain.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Overtly bad (and unintentionally funny) enough to become a camp classic.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Catwoman has nothing on its mind but random movement and the airing of every lipstick shade from Revlon's Fall collection
Jeannette Catsoulis - Las Vegas Mercury
Feels as if it's been pieced together from a dozen or so Ally McBeal parodies posing as hip-hop videos.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine