CATS Review Roundup: Is It Really THAT Bad? Hint: Yes (Nerdist News w/ Dan Casey)


It’s time for a “Cats” review roundup. Is it really as bad as the critics say? Folks, we really don’t like being mean here at the Nerdist News office, because instead of harping
on how much things suck, or how much we hate something, we’d rather try and have
practical criticisms or critiques. But this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes we slip up, but
we do certainly set out to be positive and or
constructive at the very least. But then sometimes things happen. Things that are so far outside
of our control or purrview that we just have to sit
back, laugh, and point. Things like the original version Sonic, or “X-men Dark Phoenix”
that’s a movie all right. Or even that good old
starter Pokemon popplio, that sweet clown seel. We don’t like ourselves when we do it but, hey we can’t help it, we’re only human and these things happen. And sadly one of these things
happened again this week, the release of the film “Cats”. Now from the very first
moment we saw the first teaser at this years San Diego Comic Con, we knew there was truly something
special about this movie. And by special we mean,
horrifying Eldritch, the stuff of nightmares. But could the final
product really be that bad? Well the film is out this week, which means the reviews
are out there in the wild and if most of them are to
be believed then meowza, it truly is that bad. So lets have some fun and
cut through some of the best of the worst reviews of the movie “Cats”. – [Bustopher] Here we go, ha ha. – Let’s start things off on the nicer side with our pals over at
/Film whose review read, “There is a thin line
between idiocy and genius, and “Cats” pukes a hairball on it and rubs its ass all over it. This is a movie where a
cat version of Rebel Wilson wears a halter top
underneath a fur skinsuit that she takes off with a zipper, before leading an army
of cockroaches in a song and dance number alongside
mice with human baby faces.” Wow, that was the nice one? Jesus, this is why I’m a dog person. Karen Han over at Polygon wrote, “”Cats” defies all
principles of linear time or practical storytelling. “Cats” is a fever dream, a hallucination, an approximation of what would happen if your third eye actually opened and you could suddenly see
into the astral plane.” Well folks look at the bright
side a ticket to “Cats” is probably cheaper than
a weekend doing mushrooms with your friends at Joshua Tree. Now over at Jezebel Rich Juzwiak hit the nail squarely on the head. “You have to hand it to
the iternet’s hivemind: Sometimes we get it right.” He elaborates on this point with, ” “Cats” mocking turns out
to be entirely justified. The extent of the travesty at hand was immediately absorbed and expressed. This much is clear after sitting through all 110 minutes of the thing, wishing I could wriggle out of
my seat in the movie theater like an actual cat does from the arms of its overbearing owner.” Wow, now Peter Bradshaw
at The Guardian took time to have some fun with his review, breaking it up into traditional rhyme a la the original T.S. Eliot poem. “The twitching of ears on
their heads is distracting. As they gaze at the greescreen
and sashay and crawl, It’s weird to behold them
all gurning and acting, And why do so many resemble Darth Maul?” Whoa, whoa, let’s not
drag Star Wars into this, they have their own problems, watch previous episodes to find out what. But speaking of that weird
CGI Empire’s John Nugent had this to say, “Neither human nor cat, they all look like laboratory mutants put
through a Snapchat filter. Your brain will never comprehend it. It’s jarring from the first minute and remains jarring until the last.” Robert Abele from The Wrap chimed in with “Tom Hooper’s jarring
fever dream of a spectacle is like something that
escaped from Dr. Moreau’s creature laboratory instead of a poet’s and a composer’s feline (uni)verse, an un-catty valley hybrid of physical and digital that unsettles and crashes way more often than it enchants.” And honestly, this seems
to be the general sentiment across the board. Metro UK said “It is literally
the stuff of nightmares.” The Hollywood Reporter, “I
found it all exhausting.” Boston Globe, “Oh God, my eyes'” I mean look, come on, could
it really be that bad? Thankfully not, Alissa
Wilkinson over at Vox, had some kind words for “Cats” “It’s literally incredible. I hope I never see it again.” And Angie Han over at
Mashable had this to say, “I gasped with laughter,
I covered my face, I pulled at my hair, I clasped my hands over my
mouth to keep from screaming. “Cats” had broken me, and
I’d never felt happier.” I fact, our own
Nerdist.com features editor Micah Arbiter had this to say, ” “Cats” first act will leave you curious, confused, and maybe even
a little ill at ease. But 20 minutes into “Cats”-
or maybe it’s 30, or 40, or two days, or nine days;
who the hell can tell? A switch will flip, and you’ll come to some vague understanding of what you’re being beckoned into. For some reason, this works for me. I don’t know. It’s nuts. It’s “Cats”. It’s hard to explain. I sprinted home from the
screening and I’m nauseated.” Well, there yeah have it folks, if you were looking
for an insane spectacle outside the realms of
the galaxy far, far away, and “The Rise of Skywalker” this weekend it sounds like “Cats” is
the purrfect way to spend a couple of hours. But what do you folks think? Do these reviews make
you want to go see “Cats” right meow? Make sure you read our full
review over on Nerdist.com. Or are you gonna go
see multiple screenings of Star Wars “The Rise of Skywalker”? Our review is also up on Nerdist.com now and spoiler free. And tell me what movie has
the best anthropomorphic cat? The cats from “Cats”? Or Mike Myers from “The Cat in the Hat”? Let’s discuss. Thank you so much for watching, if you enjoyed what you saw why not give us a like, and subscribe? And if you want to get
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100 thoughts on “CATS Review Roundup: Is It Really THAT Bad? Hint: Yes (Nerdist News w/ Dan Casey)

  1. The word nerd is simultaneous with everybody hating you we don't give a s*** what you hate we hate you because you're a nerd now f*** off

  2. I’m sorry you missed the part at 2:09 where the reviewer says all the cats look like Jemaine Clement’s bad cat transformation from What We Do In The Shadows, because that basically sums up the whole aesthetic in one go ? excellent writing

  3. Honestly Hollywood could’ve come up with a better movie idea if they’re making a movie about a Broadway musical!!!! What about making a live action Captain Planet Or Freakaziod Movie!

  4. There was only ONE audience this movie was targeted at: FURRIES. You can bet your ass Furries will more than make up for the fact that no sane person will go see this movie.

  5. All that screaming and laughing? Yeah, that's not joy, it's madness. This movie sounds like the real life equivalent of seeing a shoggoth.

  6. It's based on a musical that I think can be summed up as a mildly charming fever dream. I haven't watched it live but the soundtrack alone is confusing, I wanna go see how the movie does it. I probably will, especially because Taylor Swift is in it as Bombalarina and wrote the song Beautiful Ghosts for the original movie soundtrack.

  7. Well, that was catty.

    I'm going to see it anyways. I remember how critics were so staunchly against people going to see "Joker" and "Professor Marston", I saw them, and the films were great.

  8. All the bad reviews aside, listening to all this makes me think this will just blow up to become the next meme-worthy title along the lines of "the Room" or "the cat in the hat" that people just watch because they're stupid, unintentionally bad and fever-dreamy

  9. "Cats" is a tool, a social engineered aberration to distinguish normal human beings and those who like "Cats", the ones we call furries…

  10. I hope this ends up being one of those "so bad it's good" films which gets a cult following similar to The Room. Seems like it would be a great catastrophe (pun unintended) to laugh at with friends.

  11. All Reviews have been deleted and blocked from the films imdb page. Which is the first time I have ever see that happen. I take it they weren’t happy with what they were saying!

  12. It fell into the uncanny valley and hit every tiny ledge, causing a landslide which caused an earthquake that made the valley widen into a fissure filled with lava and demons.

  13. I wonder if the producers of Cats saw the final cut of the movie and said, "AW! F*CK IT!!! If we put it up against Star Wars, at least we have a plausible excuse for tanking at the box office."

  14. I low key just want to see it just on the merit of people saying it's so horrible. You know, how something is just so awful it's good entertainment wise?

  15. Still would rather watch this than three Star Wars films only to find out that Rey is the still living Palpatine's granddaughter.

  16. I don't wanna see any movie that makes by brain ask the question. "Would I fuck that cat?" No matter how breif. It is not ok.

  17. Oh this will be a cat-astrophe the fur will fly for some people with this video but these reviews you got to be kitten me!

  18. I feel like this movie is just to take bad reviews instead of Rise of Skywalker getting all the hate since it was such a disappointment

  19. Meanwhile, Garfield is sitting on his couch looking at ads for this movie and thinking « cats don’t dance, this is ridiculous ».

  20. They should relay oh make up and costumes then all cgi. It just looks creepy. I'm don't want to hate but I don't find the movie interesting. Sorry

  21. This movie would have been better if they used make up effects instead of uncanny valley CGI. Movies are obsessed with cgi nowadays.

  22. When you started reading the part about Rebel Wilson dancing with cockroaches I legit started hyper ventilating.

  23. My review of the reviewer……Dude, you need to go to the gym due to your totally lack of your muscle inducing tats.

    You are being criticle right?

    You are a total wimp!

  24. When the good reviews are bad… maybe next time let some people from the theater world be involved with a movie based on a musical

  25. I just seen CATS. Unlike many people I am a CATS fan. However when it comes to the movie…different feelings. I dont think that it was as bad as to get that rt score but definitely not as good either. Most musical numbers aren't bad while some of them are awful. Dance numbers are not that bad either. CGI is also terrible but you get used to it. In all honesty I give cats a 5/10. If I were to give it a rt score, I think a solid 50% would work for me which is probably higher than most people lol.

  26. I read the title and my wife thought it was cats reviewing weed killer, and she was like, yes, that's really bad for them

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