Liquidated after discovering a corporate conspiracy, mild-mannered graphic artist Patience Phillips washes up on an island, where she's resurrected and endowed with the prowess of a cat -- and she's eager to use her new skills ... as a vigilante. Before you can say "cat and mouse," handsome gumshoe Tom Lone is on her tail.
Andrea Gronvall The screenplay's a hodgepodge of witchcraft, ancient Egyptian lore, pulp feminism, and a dash of S&M.
Joe Morgenstern Catwoman's director, a visual-effects specialist named Pitof, is not contained by the rules of filmmaking. Scenes that make sense? Nonsense. Characters with inner lives? Utterly passe.
Bruce Diones Another hundred million dollars down the drain.
Christy Lemire A soulless amalgamation of quick edits, computer images and swooping, nausea-inducing dolly shots.
Richard Corliss When is a cat a dog? When it's Catwoman.
Rex Reed The kind of movie that almost guarantees the loss of a few I.Q. points.
Richard Roeper This is barely a film -- it's more like a music video-slash- TV-commercial- slash-computer game.
Stephanie Zacharek Instead of basking in the considerable charms Berry has to offer, the director, Pitof ... treats them like accessories to the picture's flashy, senseless cutting and overused special effects.
Ann Hornaday Catwoman is dragged down by a paper-thin story, the predictable number of fight scenes executed at equally predictable intervals and stock, unmemorable characters.
Lisa Rose A clawless cross-breed of comic book movie cliches.
Desson Thomson As for the story, which details how meek, gentle Patience Philips (Berry) came to be Catwoman, met a sexy detective (Benjamin Bratt) and defeated a skin cream empire, it goes down (and comes back up) like a hairball.
David Rooney Plays like a Lifetime movie on estrogen overdose, barely held together by a script that should have been tossed out with the kitty litter.
Kevin Thomas Not everybody will be able to swallow its heady romanticism, yet its French director, Pitof, has brought sophistication to a comic book sensibility.
Kirk Honeycutt Seems destined to join Showgirls and its ilk as a fast-starting and even faster-fading theatrical release that could enjoy an afterlife as a midnight movie and video/DVD item where viewers supply alternate dialogue.
A.O. Scott Directed by a Frenchman with the single, not uncatlike name of Pitof, Catwoman is a howlingly silly, moderately diverting exercise in high, pointless style.
Scott Foundas Spayed and declawed update of the oft-told DC Comics tale.
Mark Holcomb This plodding, by-the-numbers superhero flick has all the feline grace of a walleyed mastiff.