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Cats (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Despite its fur-midable cast, this Cats adaptation is a clawful mistake that will leave most viewers begging to be put out of their mew-sery.

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Universal Pictures and Working Title's Cats is a most-unexpected film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved smash musical "Cats" and the poems from "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats," by T.S. Eliot. Oscar (R)-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) brings astonishing new technology to transform his cast members. Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan is casting the film adaptation. The epic will be produced by Hooper and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow Les Misérables producer Debra Hayward-who brought the idea to Working Title. CATS will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group and executive produced by three-time Oscar (R) winner Steven Spielberg, Lloyd Webber and Angela Morrison. Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse) have adapted the story for the screen. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, "Cats" received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981-where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances. The groundbreaking production based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of s

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Cast

James Corden
as Bustopher Jones
Judi Dench
as Old Deuteronomy
Jason Derulo
as Rum Tum Tugger
Idris Elba
as Macavity
Jennifer Hudson
as Grizabella
Ian McKellen
as Gus the Theatre Cat
Taylor Swift
as Bombalurina
Rebel Wilson
as Jennyanydots
Ray Winstone
as Growltiger
Laurie Davidson
as Mr. Mistoffelees
Robbie Fairchild
as Munkustrap
Mette Towley
as Cassandra
Steven McRae
as Skimbleshanks
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Critic Reviews for Cats

All Critics (328) | Top Critics (74)

The film is flat, without any of the camp, kitsch high energy that characterised the stage show, but its wrongness is never less than mesmerising.

May 30, 2020 | Full Review…

You can't believe what you're looking at because it's so hideous to behold.

January 23, 2020 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

There's a digital veneer of horror and farce and glazed looks, and it just doesn't work, it's not sensibly thought about.

January 13, 2020 | Full Review…

While the performances are brilliant and the songs are great, the story isn't as strong as it could be.

January 3, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The movie "Cats" is-forgive the critical jargon-pretty good.

January 3, 2020 | Full Review…

However amazing the trickery may be... the characters fall awkwardly into the crack between animal and human, and the plot, which requires them to sing and dance in competition with one another, is scarcely more convincing.

January 3, 2020 | Full Review…

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