The Rabbi's Cat
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Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, The Rabbi's Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat - a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi's voluptuous teenage daughter. Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat - and filmmaker Sfar - spare no group or… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Like the title character, the makers of The Rabbi's Cat follow their noses wherever a new scent leads. Their eternal curiosity buoys this Cat, then impairs it somewhat, but redeems it by the end."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"One of the most grown-up animated features of the modern age."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
""Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"Sfar's enchanting portrait of a society in which Jews and Muslims live compatibly is a lesson for our time"
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"A French animated film about the unusual quest of a rabbi, a skeikh, and a talking cat to discover the essential unity of life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"For someone as gifted as Sfar at visual storytelling, the film is very, very talky. That said, voice work in French is a delight."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Screen International
"The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism."
‑ Sarah Fisch, Village Voice
"It's a movie that packs all its ideas in beautifully animated doses, filled with Northern African music and landscapes. It may get clunky, but it's easy to get lost in its loveliness."
‑ Nina Garin, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Fascinating, clever animated tale not meant for young kids."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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