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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
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Positive messages
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3 out of 5
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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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

2 stars

The movie is OK - as a bit of fluff. Halle Berry is turned into Catwoman who then goes out to avenge her mistreatment. It is so stupid that Catwoman can fight the cops with her hands tied behind her back if she needs to, but when she fights Sharon Stone, Sharon almost kills her.

- Redlats, Monday, March 9, 2009

0 star

Watch The Dark Knight. Then watch Catwoman. Then ask yourself "How the flying blue fuck did a film this bad get made?" It really is astonishing. This isn't even THE Catwoman, just some woman resurrected by a cat God or some shit. Marvel at the exciting action sequences, such as...a ferris wheel that stops working...OH the humanity! It builds up to a climax that has Catwoman fight her arch nemesis...a beautician. She sure gives The Joker, Two Face and The Penguin a run for their money. Hall Berry is atrocious in this movie. I mean just plain, want to stab her with her Oscar, bad. Remember that awful line from X-Men,well here's a script where every line of dialogue is that bad. The CGI is more obvious than a kick in the nuts. Unfortunately this film is far more painful. Don't get me started on the costume. They should have just called this DominatrixWoman and replaced all the cats with sexual deviants. Pitof? More like "Fuck Off".

- kiriyamakazou, Friday, February 27, 2009

2 stars

Actually, I heard a lot of bad things about this movie, like how this movie could end up in winning Razzie awards for Best Picture and Best Actress for Halle Berry, but I still wanted to see this movie... The truth is, yes it is true that this movie was bad, but not as horrible as I ever heard... If it's compared with what Michelle Pfeiffer did as Catwoman in Batman Returns, yes it's true that Halle Berry totally sucks in this movie, especially for an Academy Awards winning actress... She didn't go 'crazy' as Michelle Pfeiffer do when she gets reborn, she just looks like a woman with two personality, it's a different perception... Yet Halle Berry acts really horrible, she deserved winning a Razzie awards for this performance... The truth is she is did not pretty bad as Catwoman, at least she still got the sexy style... But her sexy was got because of her body which is sexy, not like Michelle Pfeiffer which is not sexy but because of she going crazy and so tempting, she becomes sexy in a superhero way... The Catwoman costumes itself just too sexy I think, looks like they want to sell the beauty of Halle Berry here, not the story of this movie which is pretty horrible for me... Having Benjamin Bratt or Sharon Stone not really helping for me, but at least their performance in this movie better than Halle Berry did... The only good thing about this movie is at least they told the history of a Catwoman, the other thing just sucks...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Monday, August 4, 2008