The Cat's Meow Synopsis
A film producer dies aboard William Rand
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Elegant, funny and unexpectedly touching, this whodunit about a murder aboard the yacht of William Randolph Hearst represents a bracing...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Peter Bogdanovich taps deep into the Hearst mystique, entertainingly reenacting a historic scandal.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Could have been -- and should have been -- richer and more resonant. It's Hollywood Babylon Lite, only TV movie-deep. But at least it's...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Bogdanovich adds touches to appeal to serious film fans.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is darkly atmospheric, with Herrmann quietly suggesting the sadness and obsession beneath Hearst's forced avuncular chortles....
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Isn't quite good enough to elicit a purr, but it represents better-than-average movie-making that doesn't demand a dumb, distracted...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film is better on mood than on message, sharply etching the professional desperation behind the forced gaiety.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Dunst makes Davies the most confident and interesting person aboard the Oneida and makes this voyage almost, but not quite, worth taking.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The script is dead in the water, and most of the misanthropic repartee rings resoundingly false.
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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 14+ This story about a possible murder isn't for kids.
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