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Patience Philips works as a graphic designer for a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat. With her newfound prowess and feline intuition, Patience becomes Catwoman.
PROFANITY: None. SEX/NUDITY: One scene of mild sensuality; no nudity. VIOLENCE: Numerous fights with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking. ACTION: Numerous chases and fights. COMEDY: Silly verbal and physical gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Poor Without pussyfooting around, I can state that Catwoman is a catastrophe. An amalgamation of bad clichés purr-loined from other, better superhero movies (not that there are many - if any - that can be considered worse), this motion picture is an embarrassment to all involved, from single-named director Pitof (whose moniker sounds like something often done to rice) to Halle Berry, who has by now thrown away all of the goodwill she gained from appearing in Monsters Ball.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor 'Catwoman' is a movie about Halle Berry's beauty, sex appeal, figure, eyes, lips and costume design. It gets those right. Everything else is secondary, except for the plot, which is tertiary. What a letdown.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Hisses for Catwoman. Unfortunately for Oscar winner Halle Berry, this movie belongs in the litter box. In attempting to bring this comic-book heroine to life, Berry lacks the stealthy feline moves that an actress trained as a dancer might have had. Nor does she ooze the eccentric sensuality of Eartha Kitt or the kittenish, flirty ways of Julie Newmar, both of whom played the character on TV.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 110 moviegoer opinions. Certainly not the best opinions I've seen for a movie based on a comic book.
Lets start with the guys. Their opinions are very mixed, which makes it difficult to predict if you will enjoy it. About two-thirds of the teen males enjoyed "Catwoman." Unfortunately, several didn't like it at all. As for the twentysomething group, only about half truly enjoyed it. Most of the remaining half only rated it as "Fair," which is actually quite low. Adult males enjoyed it slightly more with a large percentage giving it their highest rating. However, there were still nearly half who didn't care much for it or truly disliked it. So, for the guys "Catwoman" is a bit of a gamble.
Now for the ladies. They enjoyed "Catwoman" quite a bit more than the guys, especially teen females. Nearly all of them enjoyed it very much. As for the twentysomething age group, about three-quarters of them rated it high with most of the remaining ones rating it as OK. Adult female opinions were pretty mixed, but not bad. About half loved it, rating it "Excellent" or higher. Most of the remaining half rated it "Good," which indicates an average/OK movie. So, for the ladies I easily recommend "Catwoman."
Patience Philips (HALLE BERRY) is a woman who just won't stand up for herself – and the world is more than willing to step all over her in return. A meek people-pleaser, she squanders her considerable artistic talent in a thankless job as a graphics designer for behemoth cosmetics company Hedare Beauty, a ‘youth and beauty at all costs' conglomerate run by the tyrannical George Hedare (LAMBERT WILSON) and his icy supermodel wife, Laurel (SHARON STONE).
In a fateful turn of events, Patience's quiet life is forever changed when she overhears a conversation revealing that Hedare's too-good-to-be-true new anti-aging product is…too good to be true. Caught in the wrong place at the worst possible time, Patience is murdered to keep Hedare's secret safe.
But all is not lost.
Resurrected by mysterious forces, she awakens…and she doesn't come back alone. Suddenly gifted with strength, agility and ultra-keen senses, she is no longer just Patience – she is also Catwoman, a seductive creature delicately balancing on the dangerously thin line between good and bad.
Her adventures begin as she goes on the prowl to settle a few scores and have herself some long overdue fun. But Catwoman's exploits quickly complicate Patience's burgeoning relationship with Tom Lone (BENJAMIN BRATT), a handsome cop dedicated to saving the good guys from the bad guys – and the belief that there's no gray area between the two. The detective is falling for Patience, but he can't shake his fascination with the feline fatale who appears to be responsible for a string of crimes being committed throughout the city.
As her wild side breaks loose, the line between Patience and her untamed alter ego begins to blur – and neither of them feel like playing by anyone else's rules anymore.