The Cat's Meow
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Peter Bogdanovich turns his sights on the 1920s for a fictitious look at the possible reasons for the death of silent movie producer Thomas Ince (played here by Cary Elwes) after spending a holiday with media tycoon William Randolph Hearst (played by Edward Herrmann). The film begins and ends on Ince's funeral, attended by best-selling novelist Elinor Glyn (Joanna Lumley), who was present when the young producer finally died and who leads the audience through the unsure details of what may have occurred to cause the tragedy. Then, through flashback, we see Elinor arriving on the dock to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"The strongest achievement of The Cat's Meow may be the performances, especially those of Kirsten Dunst (Davies), Edward Herrmann (Hearst), and even Eddie Izzard (Chaplin)."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"As the story progresses, the tension dissipates, probably because once Bogdanovich has set his wheels in motion, he just lets them spin."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"...a missed opportunity that's rarely as engrossing or intriguing as its premise might have indicated."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Though The Cat's Meow just sorta comes to a so-what ending and stops short, the getting there is delicious."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Dunst gives us a bright, bubbly woman with comedic talent."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"The '20s-set pic is given considerable bounce by a splendid cast, led by Kirsten Dunst in an eye-opening perf as Marion Davies."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Despite all the closed-door hanky-panky, the film is essentially juiceless."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"It's good to see Peter Bogdanovich working again, but his Hollywood tale feels like a minor, trashy TV melodrama"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I thought this was an incredible cast and I thought they were all fantastic at bringing their characters to life."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Notable mostly for Kirsten Dunst's superb portrayal of Marion Davies."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Featherweight but fun."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The result is good gossip, entertainingly delivered, yet with a distinctly musty odour, its expiry date long gone."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"This story about a possible murder isn't for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It''s still a tasty footnote in the chequered histories of both Chaplin -- rumoured to be Davies' secret lover -- and Hearst."
‑ Neil Smith, BBC
"The potential of this pure Hollywood Babylon story remains unrealised, instead playing out as half-baked Agatha Christie."
‑ Miles Fielder, Empire Magazine
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