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The Truth About Cats & Dogs Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    64

    out of 100

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

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Though its romantic-comedy triangle borrows heavily from Cyrano de Bergerac, the film has more in common with Three's Company. A shame, since Dogs boasts more than a few stray pleasures. [26Apr1996, Pg. 04.D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There aren't many surprises, but the script is written with a degree of wit, and there are some bitingly funny one-liners (all of which are delivered by Garofalo).

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Truth About Cats & Dogs is very funny around the edges... but as the characters begin to hang out together, forming a platonic menage a trois, the mistaken-identity ruse never escalates into true screwball lunacy.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Janeane Garofalo in this movie... is so likable, so sympathetic, so revealing of her character's doubts and desires, that she carries us headlong into the story.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Funny and intelligent, despite some flaws.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the pet antics make this movie seem like a great preteen pick, Abby plays a liberated woman who discusses sexual matters frankly. Her telephone relationship with Brian culminates in a prolonged bathtub phone-sex scene.

  • Families can talk about why we will still watch movies and enjoy them, even when the plot isn't plausible.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: While the movie tries to depict romance from the position of the average woman, it affirms a lot of stereotypes--especially that concerning "dumb" blondes. Some sexual innuendo.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual innuendo and one fairly explicit phone sex scene in a bathtub with implied masturbation (though nothing is ever shown).

  • language false3

    Language: Mild and, for the most part, of the bathroom variety (though "f--k" is used on one occasion).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking to excess.

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