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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Not as bad as coughing up a hairball. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    No movie -- whether aimed at adults or kids or canines themselves -- has the right to be as tiresome and unoriginal as this action-comedy mutt.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though better than its 2001 predecessor -- and teeming with cute creatures and fast and furious action scenes -- the movie feels excessively formulaic.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This isn't so much that the story and characters are weak -- though they very much are -- but that animatronics and computer animation so anthropomorphize these critters that they bear more resemblance to cartoons than actual flesh-and-fur animals.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Goofy animal adventure is full of first-grade humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action-comedy sequel includes a good bit of goofy cat-and-dog humor and physical comedy that's OK for elementary schoolers but may not be age-appropriate for preschoolers. Overall, most of the jokes and sight gags are rather tame, although there are quite a few product placements, some use of language like "butt" and "stupid," and a long pet prison sequence that features a cat that sounds and acts like Hannibal Lecter. Of course, most children won't understand the reference, but Mr. Tinkles is still one creepy cat. Note: Since 3-D technology intensifies scenes, it's possible that young kids unfamiliar with the format may be jumpy during the action sequences.

  • Families can talk about why it's important that the cats and dogs get over their differences to work together. Can you think of a similar real-life situation? Is it dangerous to make assumptions about people?
  • Who do the movie's jokes appeal to most? Do you think kids get all the pop culture references? Are they funny for adults?
  • Some people love talking-animal movies, and other people hate them. What do you think?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: The way the cats and dogs put aside their hostility to work together is a good lesson for children.

  • message true2

    Messages: The movie's main message is that if you look beyond the label "enemy," you could find a friend, a partner, a person who can help you. That's what the cats and dogs do, and they manage to defeat an evil cat in the process.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Diggs is impetuous, but he always means well in the end. Catherine overcomes her fear of water to help get her and Diggs out of a dangerous situation. Butch realizes he was wrong to dump Diggs as a partner.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Kitty Galore is an evil mastermind who plans to destroy all dogs in her plan for world domination. She almost succeeds in having Diggs and Catherine killed. There's an explosion and a couple of near disasters, but there are more threats of violence than actual violent scenes. There are also several scenes in which animals do stunts and escape from scrapes a la James Bond.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Diggs flirts with female dogs (Afghans) -- i.e. "Helloooo, ladies!" Another character is taunted with "who's your daddy?"

  • language false1

    Language: Some uses of "butt," "crazy," "stupid," and the like.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Several brands are mentioned or shown, including iMac, Petco, HBO, Google, and Dr. Phil.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There's an extended gag about cats who've consumed too much catnip (think "pothead" stereotypes/jokes with cats); Mr. Tinkles is shown having a tropical drink on a beach.

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