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By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Animated adventure has violence, peril, references to death.

Movie PG 2019 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 11+

Not worth it, watch something else

I could not watch this movie with my kids. They’re 9 and 11. We all really like cats. I would rather have just watched Pets for the 5th time. Netflix garbage, avoid. I cannot speak to any specifics other than don’t waste your time.
age 13+

Absolutely NOT!!! Twisted & traumatizing!

Honestly WTF were they thinking making a movie about such a horrible topic for kids??? Uh, a deranged glass blower who uses & kills live animals, including a kitten, to make molds for his work?? Is THAT what you want your kid to see?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Cats lacks the craftsmanship of its Pixar and DreamWorks counterparts, but it's not without merits. The animation is bright and colorful, the cityscapes and rural landscapes are rendered beautifully -- if without much panache in the detail -- and the characters are emotive with the required cuteness. The plot follows the familiar story of a curious child -- or kitten in this case -- in search of something that ends up existing inside themselves. It also, in good-old Disney style, throws in the death of a parent to really get those tears rolling.

Considering that the movie skews toward a young audience -- with few references or additional levels to appeal to older viewers -- it feels unnecessarily dark in its frequent violence and references to death. It does, however, maintain a level of excitement and hits all the emotional notes to keep viewers fully engaged in what is a fairly generic story told well, but one that lacks the final flourish to make it unique.

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