Halle Berry is Catwoman.|Halle Berry Is Catwoman.
"100% pure fun and excitement! Earl Dittman, Wireless Magazine
|When meek mild-mannered patience phillips inadvertantly happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she is attacked and killed. But she is given a 2nd chance - as someone with the strength, speed and agility of a cat. Patience becomes catwoman and sets out to stop her employer's callous plot.|
"This popcorn pic is the cat's meow. Harvey S. Karten, Modamag.com
"...[Catwoman's] French director, Pitof, has brought sophistication to a comic book sensibility... Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"If you like Van Helsing and The Punisher, then you'll enjoy this. Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
"Some of [Berry's] physical moves are astonishing: Her offhanded grace is exceedingly catlike. Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
Patience Philips is a shy, reserved young woman who wants to be an artist but instead is a designer for an advertising company. She is mousy and lacking in self-esteem even when she gets her big break to work on the launch of a major beauty product for her mean-spirited, ruthless boss. But a series of events initiated by a mysterious cat results in her discovering a terrifying secret that leads to her murder. That same cat breathes new life into her, creating a strong, brave woman within her that wrestles with her previous self for control of her mind and body--a body that can now do amazing things.Academy Award winner Halle Berry is captivating as Patience, a female superhero for the 21st century. She is fearless as she seeks revenge on the people who killed her, and she attempts to save the public from the release of a dangerous product. As the Catwoman side of her battles George Hedare (Lambert Wilson) and his wife, Laurel (Sharon Stone), who he has decided is now too old to be the face of his company, the Patience side of her gets involved with hot cop Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt), who is caught in the middle of her two-sided personality. First-time director Pitof keeps things moving at a fast pace, with quick cuts, sweeping camerawork, and pounding music. Alex Borstein provides comic relief as Patience's best friend, and SIX FEET UNDER's Frances Conroy plays a cat lady who knows the secret history of felines through the ages.
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Los Angeles Times
"CATWOMAN is as swift and light on its feet as its heroine, Halle Berry....Stylish and full of technical razzle-dazzle..."
ReelViews 5 of 10
Without pussyfooting around, I can state that Catwoman is a catastrophe. An amalgamation of bad cliches purr-loined from other, better superhero movies (not that there are many - if any - that can be considered worse), this motion picture is an embarrassment to all involved, from single-named director Pitof (whose moniker sounds like something often done to rice) to Halle Berry, who has by now thrown away all of the goodwill she gained from appearing in Monsters Ball...Pitof directs MTV-style. He cuts during action sequences every 0.5 seconds to make sure that the viewer can never be sure exactly what's going on. Aside from agitating people with motion sickness, this approach allows a male stunt double to stand-in for Berry without the Y-chromosome being noticed...As poorly written, ineptly directed, and hideously acted as Catwoman is, its biggest sin is that it's boring. This movie does not offer a single worthwhile, interesting, or exciting scene. The action is dull, predictable, and repetitive. Ever thought a catfight between Sharon Stone and Halle Berry could rival a dose of valium as an effective sleep-inducer? I suppose Pitof deserves a measure of respect for being able to achieve something I would have argued was not possible...Catwoman treads close to the so-bad-it's-enjoyable line, but, at least for me, it fails to cross over, despite a valiant attempt. As far as I'm concerned, it's just plain bad. Nothing redeeming here. Others, who are either more generous than I or drunk at the time of their assessment, may be able to uncover some camp value. I wish them luck, because such a quest means that they will have to sit through the movie. Despite its feline pretensions, Catwoman belongs to another animal family - it's either a dog or a turkey. Take your pick.
- James Berardinelli
Chicago Sun-Times 5 of 10
Catwoman is a movie about Halle Berry's beauty, sex appeal, figure, eyes, lips and costume design. It gets those right. Everything else is secondary, except for the plot, which is tertiary. What a letdown. The filmmakers have given great thought to photographing Berry, who looks fabulous, and little thought to providing her with a strong character, story, supporting characters or action sequences. In a summer when Spider-Man 2 represents the state of the art, Catwoman is tired and dated...Although the movie's faults are many, the crucial one is that we never get any sense of what it feels like to turn into a catwoman. The strength of Spider-Man 2 is in the ambivalence that Peter Parker has about being part nerdy student, part superhero. In Catwoman, where are the scenes where a woman comes to grip with the fact that her entire nature and even her species seems to have changed?...Berry plays Patience Phillips, a designer for an ad agency, who dies and is reborn after Midnight, a cat with ties to ancient Egypt, breathes new life into her. She becomes Catwoman, but what is a catwoman?...Among many silly scenes, the silliest has to be the Ferris wheel sequence, which isn't even as thrilling as the one in The Notebook. Wouldn't you just know that after the wheel stalls, the operator would recklessly strip the gears, and the little boy riding alone would be in a chair where the guard rail falls off, and then the seat comes loose, and then the wheel tries to shake him loose and no doubt would try to electrocute him if it could...The score by Klaus Badelt is particularly annoying; it faithfully mirrors every action, with what occasionally sounds like a karoke rhythm section. The director, whose name is Pitof, was probably issued with two names at birth and would be wise to use the other one on his next project.
- Roger Ebert