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Catwoman - US reaction

Compiled by: Jack Foley

THE topsy-turvy careers of screen divas Halle Berry and Sharon Stone took another blow, with the arrival of Catwoman, which has been roundly slated by US critics.

The feline super-hero was viewed by many as a laughably preposterous affair, which consistently fails to register on just about every requirement - from acting to outfits, and from set pieces to special effects.

Leading the fanfare of disapproval is Entertainment Weekly, which lamented that ‘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’.

While The Chicago Tribune cheekily dubbed it ‘the Showgirls of superhero movies’.

The Houston Chronicle, meanwhile, felt that ‘you'd never know Berry is an Oscar-winning actress - her performance as Patience is downright amateurish’.

While the New York Times wrote: "Directed by a Frenchman with a single, not uncatlike name of Pitof, Catwoman is a howlingly silly, moderately diverting exercise in high, pointless style’.

Furthering the Showgirls comparison, the Hollywood Reporter opined that it ‘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’.

While the New York Post declared it to be ‘a purr-fectly ridiculous and boring cat-astrophe’.

USA Today felt that ‘the screenplay is flat and predictable, and bad dialogue prevails’.

And the Philadelphia Inquirer opined that it is ‘awful adaptation of the comic-book character created by Batman's Bob Kane’.

Worse still was Variety, which blasted that it ‘plays like a Lifetime movie on estrogen overdose, barely held together by a script that should have been tossed out with the kitty litter’.

The Washington Post, on the other hand, dismissed it, simply, as ‘silly and misfired’.

Of the few positives, the Los Angeles Times stated that ‘not everybody will be able to swallow its heady romanticism, yet its French director, Pitof, has brought sophistication to a comic book sensibility’.

While Newsday hailed it for being ‘campy, smart and dumb fun’.

But the negatives were kept up by Rolling Stone, which felt that ‘the stench of the litter pan is all over this big-screen $90 million disaster-in-waiting’.

And by, which wrote: "Catwoman looks and feels like something culled together by a committee of greedy and inexperienced first-time producers. And horny 14-year-olds."

But the final word goes to Reelviews, which seems to have summed it up by stating: "Despite its feline pretensions, Catwoman belongs to another animal family - it's either a dog or a turkey. Take your pick."

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