“Cats” is a movie like no other, and that’s not a compliment.
Cats is a 2019 musical fantasy film based on the stage musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber, which in turn was based on the poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939) by T. S. Eliot. The film is directed by Tom Hooper—in his second feature musical following Les Misérables (2012)—from a screenplay by Lee Hall and Hooper and features an ensemble cast, including James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and Francesca Hayward.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 20% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 294 reviews, with an average rating of 3.75/10. The site’s critics consensus reads: “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.” On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 32 out of 100 based on 51 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “C+” on an A+ to F scale, while those at PostTrak gave it an average 0.5 out of 5 stars, with 30% saying they would definitely recommend it.