Cats & Dogs Reviews

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July 30, 2010
Top Critic
April 18, 2003
November 6, 2002
Falls victim to a common pitfall of special-effects movies: The technology takes precedent over the characters and story.
January 6, 2002
A surprisingly witty and sophisticated spy movie spoof that will tickle adult pet lovers and still capture kids 6 and older with its boy-and- his-dog love story and pet slapstick.
July 23, 2001
Succeeds both as a parody of the spy genre, and in stretching the boundaries of what you believe is possible.
July 12, 2001
After a while, the film's massive explosions make Swordfish look like a chick flick.
July 6, 2001
Its characters, the two and four-legged varieties, are too lazily drawn for the film to register as more than a pleasant time-killer.
July 6, 2001
High-end family entertainment.
July 6, 2001
Spends too much time chewing on its computer effects or purring over its animatronic puppetry and too little taming its amusing premise.
July 5, 2001
Ultimately the filmmakers have relied on premise rather than plot, and the device wears out despite the spoof's brevity.
July 5, 2001
The best way to enjoy Cats & Dogs, like puppy love, is to go into it with lowered expectations.
July 5, 2001
A tale so monumentally silly that the only recourse is to sit back and laugh.
July 5, 2001
There is some mild language and lots of animal slapstick -- la Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner -- that may be a little much for small children. But most kids will find the action fun and the animals hilarious.
July 5, 2001
Even at a Chihuahua-sized 83 minutes, the movie begins to feel funny in the same way that having the neighbor's dog attach himself to your leg is funny. You laugh while you're wishing you could pull yourself away.
July 5, 2001
Though its furry cast members are sometimes cute, the movie systematically converts Babe's tender, talking-animals appeal into just another soulless gadget-fest.
July 4, 2001
Cats & Dogs needed to have more gags and punchlines than Dr. Dolittle. Unfortunately, all it has is a great concept.
July 4, 2001
The jokes are staler than day-old Fancy Feast.
July 4, 2001
Except for a fine slapstick chase sequence before the opening credits, every good joke in the movie is to be found in those trailers.
July 4, 2001
While the flatness of characters may bore grownups, it's an entertaining flick for kids.
July 4, 2001
So advanced are the special effects techniques that the filmmakers even combine animated faces with real animal bodies, with such uncanny skill that after awhile you give up trying to find the seams.
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