What's New, Pussycat?
What's New, Pussycat? (1965)

A notorious womanizer, fashion editor Michael James (Peter O'Toole) decides to seek the help of a psychiatrist when he begins to feel that his inability to commit to a relationship is adversely affecting his personal life. Desperate to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

What's New Pussycat? is a comedy built on so many shaky assumptions that it ought to sue for nonsupport.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Clive Donner's stylish direction harmonizes well with Woody Allen's inspired screenplay to yield an elegant entertainment, proving once again that Allen is a better scenarist than a director.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The movie's almost excessively thin storyline, however, becomes more and more of a hindrance as time progresses...

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Variety Staff
Variety

It goes overboard in pressing for its goal and consequently suffers from over-contrived treatment.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Somewhere in the proceedings there were sane and skillful artisans at work.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Better scripted (by Woody Allen) than dirceted (by Clive Donner), this psychiatrist farce is intermittently funny; too bad that the role Allen wrote for himself instead went to Peter Sellers who's over the top.

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Time Out

The mixed results are entertaining, if flawed.

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Offers a few bursts of insanity worth paying attention to, but as a farce, it never finds its footing, missing a golden opportunity to make iconic mischief with a trio of determined leading men.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A classic comedy of its time and captures the period in sight and sound. It doesn't wear as well as a true classic, though, and many of the gags would feel dated 20 years later.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Very funny: Peter Sellers, Woody Allen and Peter O'Toole, together are really funny, but What's New Pussycat is too silly.
Michael Gildea
Woody Allen's first screenplay. Completely silly and worth seeing.
Ken Stachnik
A very, very, very silly movie. Not a great movie, but funny in places, and very, very silly.
Doctor Strangeblog
Swingin' Sixties sex farce propelled by megawatt star power. Screenplay by Woody Allen contains many Woodyisms. Silly and inessential, but where else are… More
AJ Verser
Sellers and O'Toole are a good team, but the script needs some work. The story is good for the most part, but it eventually gets silly and out of control.… More