A Street Cat Named Bob
A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

This film tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 18, 2016
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2017
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Street Cat Named Bob uses a fact-based feelgood tale as the inspiration for an unapologetically heartwarming movie that should move all but the most cynical of viewers.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This dramatization... plays like a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie, touching lightly on serious social issues before turning into a Cinderella story.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

A rewardingly unassuming, tough and tender portrait of a drug-addicted London busker whose ill-fated life takes a surprising turn after a ginger tabby turns up in his kitchen.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode, best known for 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and 'The 6th Day' also has experience with this kind of movie and he handles this story just right by not letting it get too sentimental or melodramatic.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

There's a telly-ish feel to much of A Street Cat Named Bob, an attempt to sanitise life on the streets... But it's impossible to watch a film about a happy-ending story like James and Bob's without a warm glow.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

A savvy exercise in inspirational feel-good cinema lightly seasoned with grit.

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Sarah Ward

Bob was a beacon of hope off-screen, and remains the same in the predictable but pleasantly palatable adaptation of his story.

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Devan Coggan
Entertainment Weekly

Treadaway may be sympathetic and charming as the struggling musician, but this is Bob's show, all the way.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Cute little fellow, but unfortunately, the film in which he stars is little more than catnip.

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CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Spottiswoode keeps the vibe gritty and authentic, which is in itself remarkable for a film about a young man and a cat. Tough and tender, and a massive, welcome February surprise.

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The real story of the homeless drug user who found purpose in life thanks to a stray cat befriending him is quite the feel good movie. It does not sugar cote… More
Ian Walker
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Jesse Ortega
I've NEVER understood how people can hate animals. This isn't people who have, legit, phobias regarding animals. That I can understand, you're… More
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It is good to know that the real-life James and his cat Bob found a proper home and future for themselves. Based on their story, this film traces the events… More