Parents' Guide to

Cats

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Animated adventure has violence, peril, references to death.

Movie PG 2019 87 minutes
Cats Poster Image

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.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate