In the Shrek films, the joke of Puss in Boots, with his trilled consonants and penchant for chest-puffing sword duels, is that no one this cuddly should try to be this dashing. But in Puss in Boots, that joke wears out its welcome in 15 minutes.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A cheerfully chaotic jumble of fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters parachuted into a Spanish storybook setting.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
With his impeccable comic timing and lyrical Spanish accent, Banderas' swashbuckling charmer is an undeniable treat.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Almost shockingly good. And not just because a lot of you will approach it with lowered expectations.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
"Puss in Boots'' doesn't break any new ground in the storytelling department, and its reliance on go-go-go state-of-the-art action sequences grows wearying by the end, but the movie has a devilish wit that works for parent and child alike...
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
It's always a pleasure to find a family film that respects its audience all the way up the line.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Puss made his debut in "Shrek 2," then did time in the two decreasingly funny sequels. Now he's got a movie of his own, and not a moment too soon.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Puss in Boots prances along on three basic truths. One, cats are funny. Two, vain Spanish cats in high-heeled musketeer boots are even funnier. Lastly, booted, vain Spanish cats voiced by a breathy Antonio Banderas are flat-out hilarious.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
It would overstate matters to say Puss in Boots leaves its cat holding the bag (we had to get that in). But it also leaves its hero awaiting a richer fable, one befitting his charms and his portrayer's talents.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
...simple, sincere and largely innocent.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Remember that toy where you yank a string and hear the sound of a barnyard animal? "Puss in Boots" has about half as much entertainment value.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
As good as Banderas and Hayek are together, Galifianakis is better, making Humpty-Dumpty, of all people, one of the more intriguing animated characters to come along in awhile. He's a nice surprise.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Puss' origin story could easily stand on its own -- a testament to clever writing on the part of its creative team and an irresistible central performance by Antonio Banderas.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Basically, this toon is a tired riff on Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns, punctuated by more puns and cat jokes than you can shake a litter box at.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The cat came back. Good thing, too.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
The character may be here to save the day, but the movie's only here to pass the time and it does that just fine.
William Goss - Film.com
The moment that Puss made his debut in Shrek 2, dramatically voiced by Antonio Banderas, and all but walked away with the picture, it was clear that DreamWorks Animation had created a resonant character.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
It's the morally-cracked Humpty who provides the film's emotional trajectory. Puss in Boots is a fun feline frolic -- with just a little egg on its face.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Colorful, clever enough, free of cloying showbiz in-jokes, action-packed without being ridiculous about it and even well choreographed...
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
For quick, lively, family friendly entertainment, "Puss in Boots" works just fine, even in 3-D, which is integrated thoughtfully into the narrative and doesn't just feel like a gimmick.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Perhaps the most engaging thing about "Puss in Boots" is that it never takes itself too seriously.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A refreshing departure from the "Shrek" films, this animated comedy is jam-packed with witty dialogue and charismatic characters.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
I like this cat. I hope they make four more of these. Viva el gato!
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Finally, there's a cat even cooler than Garfield who will win the box office as well as a place on your favorites list. His name is Puss and he wears boots.
Billy Tatum - We Got This Covered
Banderas vocally vamps this up in ways he never gets to do in live action films.
Bet the litter box that the cat in the hat will be back, Puss in Boots is fantastic family fun, both kids and adults will lap it up like a cold glass of milk.
Erick Weber - NECN
Puss offers strong CGI charisma, and with a tighter narrative focus than Shrek, it's safe to say that DreamWorks has another franchise-worthy golden goose.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
"Puss in Boots" is light, breezy family entertainment that [features] top-notch voice work from the entire cast.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
Puss in Boots delivers just the right mixture of fun, exciting and super cute.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Clever and witty enough for adults and colorful and zany enough for children. Moreover, it's adventurous enough for anyone to like, no matter what their age.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Puss proves more than capable and deserving of the solo spotlight, his outsize bravado, machismo, ego spilling out beyond the big screen in fiercely funny feline fashion.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
"Puss in Boots" shows that there's certainly enough in him to create a new hero beloved by both children and merchandise executives.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
Avoids all the worst tendencies of the later Shrek movies.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
With Banderas' scene-stealing feline finally getting his own film, the franchise now has a worthy successor to the two original Shrek movies.
Matt Neal - The Standard
I'm pretty sure that the reason Antonio Banderas was put on this planet was to make Puss in Boots speak... [H]ilariously and endlessly inventive...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There are betrayals and double-crosses galore, rattling chases and swish sword fights, fleeting visual gags, mischievous verbal jokes and, best of all, a frisky flamenco dance-off between Puss and Kitty that will leave the viewer purring with pleasure.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Puss's boots are delectable things which could almost have been the product of that classic fairy tale, The Elves and the Shoemaker ( ... ) and every time ( ... ) we see those little gnashers, the film is a technical marvel.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Puss In Boots is the cat's meow.
- Liverpool Echo
An attractive adventure yarn that combines the fairytale and the western.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
While its fairytale-inspired premise lacks the subversive wit of the better Shrek films, Puss in Boots is an agreeably snappy, visually enticing yarn nonetheless.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Puss in Boots is a highly amusing little diversion that will mesmerise the kids and hopefully give the adults a naughty little cackle as well.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
What kids will get from it is plenty of fairly outrageous but not often witty fun with fairytale elements blended into a kind of latterday spaghetti western. For the rest of us, there is plenty of nice visual detail.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
this western-parodying cat-with-too-many-names is closer to Rango than to anything from the Kingdom of Far Far Away.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
Every time Puss opened his mouth to speak I was so captivated by his gnashers they helped to make this one of the most entertaining animations I've seen since The Incredibles and Happy Feet.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
What the film boast in charm and exuberance, it sadly lacks in emotional core, and while there isn't really any depth to the bonds formed over the 90 minutes, it's still a great family-friendly action-comedy.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Puss In Boots is as good as the first Shrek and, at its best, touches on the genius of Shrek 2.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Though Puss was an entertaining subsidiary character in Shrek 2, he fails to convince as a leading character.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
As you'd expect with DreamWorks, the animation is smooth and the 3D impressive, particularly when Puss and his partners in crime ride a giant beanstalk up into the heavens.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Chaotic yet beautifully arranged, sensuous yet innocent ... Cat lovers will be in kitty heaven.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
It's all amiable stuff, with a perfectly decent script, and the feline hero lapping his milk gets an indulgent laugh.
Most of the jokes fit into two categories: "Ha ha, he's Spanish" and "Ha ha, he's a cat".
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
That suave, scene-stealing cat from Shrek 2 finally gets his own swashbuckling adventure and it couldn't be a more colourful feline fairy tale.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Puss in Boots is very jolly for an hour. Then, like Santa Claus misjudging a chimney, it gets stuck at the moment we hope it will break free and distribute the festive gifts.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Just a whisker away from being the cat's whiskers.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Purr-fect fun for rugrats mourning the end of the Shrek series.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
It may be ogre-free, but it's a monster of a movie.
Entertaining spin-off enlivened by a terrific voice performance from Shrek scene-stealer Antonio Banderas and colourful animation work but the script is weak and the film blows all its best gags early on.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Puss in Boots is a Shrek spin-off, which might seem pointless in addition to predictable.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
'Puss in Boots' is uneven, but when it's on course, cat fans will be in heaven.
Anna Smith - Time Out
Where the visuals fail, the script does not pick up the slack. [The] screenplay plods along, and not even the occasional prison-rape joke can make it come to life.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
For a film with many stylistic, thematic and tonal inconsistencies, it is still good fun.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Like most kittens, it's not always perfectly behaved, but at least this new Puss adventure doesn't have you reaching for the cinematic spray bottle.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
Audiences of every age can delight in the antics, adventures and cattitude of the lovable Puss in Boots.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Our expectations have not been satisfied; the character of Puss in Boots has been diminished, the story is trite and meaningless and the hero's journey we expected is a lame duck
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Unlike most digital cartoon featues, this is an utterly unpretentious film devoted almost entirely to comedy and action, with little moralizing.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Mostly this is lots of frenetic fun, and Puss himself is a terrific hero. The animation, seen in 3D in many cinemas, is splendid.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
This Shrek spin-off continues the theme of mashing up fairy tales with movie genres, and while there's a slightly stale odour lingering through this prequel, it's also witty enough to keep us laughing.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It falls short of 'Rango,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' and 'Winnie the Pooh,' but not by a lot. It's fast, entertaining, and funny.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Time and time again, Puss coats his true desires in a thick veneer of synthetic heterosexuality.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
The 3D treatment is fine, but not necessary to enjoy this most cuddly of kitty concoctions.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
For the most part, the stale wisecracks are on the order of "First rule of Bean Club: You do not talk about Bean Club."
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
There are some good fight scenes, some nice dance numbers and a lot of swashbuckling in this film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
While not the purrfect family entertainment, Puss In Boots does spin a delightful yarn.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
It's solid entertainment from top to bottom, with enough cute, fun, funny and adventurous moments to delight most viewers.(Parental Movie Review also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Puss in Boots is certainly not the cat's meow, but it doesn't deserve a place in the litter box either.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
An ironic adventure movie that crackles with energy and surprisingly non-grating comedy.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
I also really enjoyed Galifianakis as Humpty, whose apparent earnestness is leavened with just the right amount of psychopathic megalomania. You know, for the kids.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Kate Erbland - Film School Rejects
The best way I can think to describe the film is that it's pretty consistently pleasant.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The supporting character from 'Shrek' is made the star of his own movie with stretched out results
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
What could have been a cheap and easy spin-off is instead a surprisingly engaging and richly constructed adventure film.
Scott Mendelson - Dark Horizons
It's a given that any movie featuring the fencing feline is probably going to be more entertaining than the last two Shrek movies.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
It turns out to be a tremendous amount of fun and not at all like the recent listless Shrek sequels.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Finally, a fun animated movie that treats Puss in Boots like the star he was meant to be.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The best thing I can say about Puss in Boots is that it's not just another crappy Shrek sequel. It actually does something different, which makes it surprisingly fun.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Family fun adventure with an occasional wink to the adults. Who doesn't love Puss in Boots? Even Guillermo del Toro got in on this!
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It's furry, frisky, family-friendly fun - and you don't have to pay extra for the 3-D because the 2-D version is just as good.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Banderas is a delight as Puss
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Turns out it's not bad. Not bad at all. Instead of making a tacky cash-grab, they went ahead and made an actual movie. A good one!
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Nothing new, nothing strange, absolutely nothing unexpected, even for a five-year-old.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
It starts out fun and dashing and crazy, but once the plot sets in, I was significantly less into it.
Alonso Duralde - What the Flick?!
Isn't exactly the freewheeling adventure the cat deserves, weighed down by a leaden script, but isolated antics remain as amusing as ever, demanding Banderas rear back and let loose with a full-body performance.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Puss in Boots never slows down enough to concern itself with pacing or plotting, and like any good cat burglar; it always lands on its feet.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Awash in action and colour (and short, parents, short), Puss in Boots is a terrific example of how to put a fresh spin on a character spun off from a threadbare franchise.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
An almost purr-fect little film that even a dog owner can enjoy.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Just when you were about to give up on 3-D-and the inflated price of admission to watch it on a theater screen-along comes a film that's worth the money. In fact, it isn't the story that makes Puss in Boots stand out, but the imaginative staging...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
I, for one, hope this darn cat and his friends return for another adventure.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
The jokes and visual gags are very amusing, largely avoiding needless pop culture references and instead finding clever sources for humor.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Swashbuckling adventure features irresistible warrior cat.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
A milquetoast homunculi assembled by the most hackneyed form of studio groupthink imaginable.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Unlike Mater, Puss is ready for his closeup.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
I didn't love it, but it features enough in the fun department to make it worth a watch if you are cat fan.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Puss in Boots still has its moments and most of them come courtesy of the stellar vocal contributions of Antonio Banderas.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The resulting spinoff, simply titled Puss in Boots, is breezily entertaining -- even to a dog person.
Brett Michel - Boston Herald
... while the story has many tricks, there's little magic ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Dare I say, in honor of Humpty, that the film is "egg"ceptional?
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Less visually striking, less funny, and less heart-warming than the Shrek movies and with completely unnecessary 3D, it is a step down for the series.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Supporting characters are sometimes best left as just that.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Where are Shrek, Fiona andgulpDonkey when you need them?
Puss in Boots is a great opportunity squandered, which is all the more ironic considering the plot involves a golden goose.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Packed with exciting action, funny cat gags and eye-stabbing 3-D, Puss should claw its way to the top of the box office.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
"Puss in Boots" is CAT-astrophically entertaining!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It's a fabulous melding of voice talent, writing and animation that makes "Puss in Boots" so entertaining.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Visually, this project ranks among the best animated efforts to embrace the 3-D craze.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
An enjoyable enough romp, if no template-breaker like 'Rango.'
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
As the voice of Puss, Banderas still displays heroic charisma. And even in animated form, he and Hayek make sparks as they dance, fight, flirt and face adventure together.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The film's inventiveness is evident from the start...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
"Puss in Boots" isn't particularly deep, nor does it take itself seriously -- it just wants to seek glory, win affection and cash in. Done, done and done.
Stan Hall - Oregonian
A razzle-dazzle animated feature about an outlaw cat who dances flamenco and is a survivor able to handle all challenges before him.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
"Shrek" goofed around with what we know about beloved fairy tales, while "Puss" is more interested in playing with the conventions of Westerns and, specifically, Sergio Leone Westerns. You could think of it as "The Good, the Bad and the Kitty."
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Puss in Boots is cute and entertaining but hardly purr-fect.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Even if they don't provide much lift, these boots were made for amusement.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Labors to create an alternate history from childhood treasures; I'll keep mine the way I remember them, thanks.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Even for a Shrek spin-off, Puss In Boots is mighty thin gruel, based more in outsized emotion than actual narrative.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
I left dreaming of a world in which cats could tango - and when's the last time a movie did that?
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
For a fairy tale slash prequel slash spinoff, Puss in Boots is the cat's meow.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Bears little resemblance to the franchise that spawned it -- and that's a good thing.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
It is a very silly film, a big adventure movie, and surprisingly effective. It's not easy to spin off a popular supporting character into his own movie, and yet this feels completely natural.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
A 2D comedy shown with technology to make you believe you're seeing something you're not. And one of the things you're not seeing - or, rather, hearing - is witty dialogue.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Who needs a narrative when you've got a few funny lines (caught with catnip, Puss declares it's "for my glaucoma"), a Morricone knockoff score and a climactic sequence with something we'll call Goosezilla?
David Fear - Time Out
an adventure that's both cinematic and intimate, never sacrificing sincere emotion for the short-lived glory of a good punch line or set piece.
Todd Gilchrist - The Playlist
A legitimately entertaining prequel that encapsulates what the franchise does best: Breezy action, clever twists on classic figures from fables and grown-up gags tucked in amidst the kid-friendly developments.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
A mad scientist in The Skin I Live In and a talking cat in Puss in Boots: is there anything Antonio Banderas can't do?
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Has enough charm and visual delights to compensate for its own storytelling shortcomings.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
A winning vocal turn by Banderas anchors this swashbuckling animated family adventure, a peppy, character-rooted romp that thankfully abandons some of the more frenzied and forced in-joke references of the Shrek series.
Brent Simon - Screen International
Even though the past few Shrek films have been a chore and the character of Puss himself is fairly one-note and perhaps better suited as a side character, this new spin-off film will surprise you with its clever script and hearty adventurer's spirit.
Matt Fowler - IGN Movies
As handsome as any animated movie you can name, but it doesn't even have the slick, narrative efficiency of one of the Kung Fu Panda movies.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
[VIDEO] Spun off from the finally-adjourned Shrek franchise, "Puss in Boots" is a well crafted DreamWorks animated movie that succeeds in spite of, rather than due to, its extraneous 3D treatment.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The results are so funny and irresistible audiences are bound to be swept away into this kitty's universe.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine