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action & adventure

CATWOMAN is the story of mild-mannered artist Patience Philips, who works for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company. When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she is attacked and killed. Starring HALLE BERRY!

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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3 out of 5

This movie is kitty litter.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite the lack of profanity and nudity, Catwoman will scare younger viewers with its dark feel, peril and adult themes. There is a pervasive sensuality to all scenes featuring Catwoman and there is a scene of implied sex as well as references to adultery. Several characters die and there are numerous scenes of peril, including a child trapped on a broken ferris wheel. Anyone who has seen the ads featuring the very suggestive leather suit and whip that that the protagonist wears will be aware of the "fantasy" element of Catwoman's character.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the twin-nature theme that runs throughout the movie. Why might many comic book characters, including Catwoman, have such strong dichotomous characters? What does this mean about their ability to express their "true selves" in their ordinary lives? Ophelia discusses seemingly contradictory traits that she describes as female, yet she herself does not seem to wear a mask. How might Ophelia and other characters express themselves fully without splitting their personalities so dramatically? Why did they pick the name "Ophelia," associated with Hamlet's tragic love?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 32
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The screenplay's a hodgepodge of witchcraft, ancient Egyptian lore, pulp feminism, and a dash of S&M.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Saturday, May 3, 2014

Rotten: 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, Friday, July 23, 2004

Rotten: This wretched film is nothing but an excuse to show Halle Berry] wearing that skimpy leather suit.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Friday, July 23, 2004

Audience Reviews

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- Raajay, Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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I love comic book adaptation movies, but there has to be one that is worse than them all, and "Catwoman" is it. Halle Berry may be hot, but that doesn't stop this from being an absolute turd of a movie. It's an origin story where Patience Philips(not Selina Kyle) dies, and a cat breathes life back into her(I'm not making this up). She then becomes Catwoman, wears bondage gear along with a weird cat cowl and goes after an evil Cosmetic Company head by Sharon Stone. The effects are "meh", the action is lame, and the story is laughable. Just take my word for it, this movie stinks worse than a pale of garbage juice.

- fb100000145236770, Monday, June 25, 2012

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I am glad the public share my opinion that this is truly the worst comic-book film of all time, a pathetic moment for Halle Berry, her continuation in the film industry was a shock to me after her despicable performance, and it just goes to show that Alex Borstein should stay as a voice actor in Family Guy, which in my opinion is no better than this film.

- scottgreen96, Sunday, October 30, 2011