After the first trailer for ‘Cats‘ was released, we all kinda figured the movie would get some negative reviews from critics, but we didn’t expect it to get slammed this hard.
The movie adaptation of the famous musical currently has an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 80 rotten reviews in total.
And when we say the reviews are terrible, we really mean it.
Matt Goldberg wrote this for Collider…
But if it wasn’t enough to make the cats horny (why are they so horny), Hooper also feels the need to make it gross by having them dig through trash and play up their animal instincts.
Cats always feels like it’s two seconds away from turning into a furry orgy in a dumpster. That’s the energy you have to sit with for almost two hours.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky for the AV Club wrote…
Many of these effects appear unfinished, with noticeable differences in resolution and animation between principals and background characters and at least one instance in which a rendering error appears to have made it into the release version of the film.
The moment is the film in a nutshell: misguided in concept and a failure in execution.
And Peter Debruge wrote this in his review for Variety…
Nine may not be enough lives for some of the stars to live down their involvement in this poorly conceived and executed adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical.
This uneven eyesore turns out to be every bit the Jellicle catastrophe the haters anticipated, a half-digested hairball of a movie in which Hooper spends too much energy worrying about whether the technology is ready to accommodate his vision.
Some critics are calling it the worst film of the year, which honestly kinda makes me want to see it more. By the way, the director of this movie is Tom Hooper. He’s no slouch. He won Best Director at the Oscars for his work on The King’s Speech.
So yeah, even the best fall down sometimes.