Parents' Guide to

Catwoman

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

This movie is kitty litter.

Movie PG-13 2004 90 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

What a mess!

What a mess...from the direction, to the costumes, to the story, to the cinematography (especially in the beginning). This film feels like a myriad of clichés crammed into the first 30 minutes and then subsequently handed out one by one for the rest of the film. Berry and Stone are strong actors that are not given strong material. The male gaze of this film robs Berry's character of any agency. Stone fights for her moments of what she feels this film is really about, but by then it is too little too late and we have all checked out.
age 10+

Not as bad as everyone is trying to make it seem.

The best Catwoman movie ever, I use to binge watch this when I was a child, I wanted to be just like Catwoman, the visuals was amazing and the fight scenes were radical asf. Halle Berry was/is the best actress to portray Patience aka Catwoman, no one and I mean nobody can take that away from her or take her spot as Catwoman.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Awkward and clumsy as a cat in high heels, this version of the comic book character Catwoman does not have enough to sustain one life, much less nine. The plot is thin and the script and editing have an unfinished, even inept feel. Berry seems to confuse a cat walk with a catwalk, prancing in heels as though she is an unusually busty runway model in next year's dominatrix fashion show. There's something hypocritical at best and absurd at worst to pretend to be about empowerment and freeing women from the need to conform to narrow standards of youth and beauty when the movie's heroine looks like Catwoman Barbie at a goth B&D rally.

One of the largest hairballs that choke this movie is the complete inability of Laurel Hedare (Sharon Stone) to be suitably over-the-top enough to make the final catfight memorable. In costume crusader stories, the bad guys have to be just as fantastic in their own way as their counterparts, even when they are fighting morally ambiguous, prowling kitties like Catwoman.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 23, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: January 18, 2005
  • Cast: Benjamin Bratt , Halle Berry , Sharon Stone
  • Director: Pitof
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous actors, Latino actors, Female actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Topics: Superheroes
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: action violence and some sensuality
  • Last updated: September 26, 2023

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