Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, this intense, absorbing drama centers on a wealthy Southern family. Though he doesn't know it, the family father is slowly dying of cancer. However, the other family members are well aware of his… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 20, 1958
DVD Release Date: September 23, 1997
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

A formaldehyded tabby that sits static while layer after layer of its skin is peeled off, life after life of its nine lives unsentimentally destroyed.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

As so often with adaptations of Williams, it frequently errs on the side of overstatement and pretension, but still remains immensely enjoyable as a piece of cod-Freudian codswallop.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm watching a melodrama in a sauna. It's just too much.

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Variety Staff

An intense, important motion picture.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

What a pack of trashy people these accomplished actors perform!

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Burl Ives and Judith Anderson are highly entertaining as the nightmare parents, Big Daddy and Big Mama, and Jack Carson has one of his last good roles as Newman's competitive older brother.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, both gorgeous beyond measure, strike sparks as the sexually unfulfilled Maggie and her tortured husband Brick, while Burl Ives is sensational as the family patriarch Big Daddy.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

It is a fine piece of acting by Paul Newman, the Southern gentlemen portraying his fragile and haunted character with an unparalleled amount of soul, which he had imbedded in many of his characters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Solid film making with nary a wasted breath ... well, almost. There's a lot of dramatic pauses and hemming and hawing at the top, but once this… More
Michael Gildea
The only reason I can speak about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in anything other than stammering ums and drool puddles is because Elizabeth Taylor wasn't in every… More
Josh Lewis
I recently read this play for college, so I figured I might as well watch the film since it was nominated for so many Oscars back in the day and had such big… More
Conner Rainwater
Another one of my favorite Tennessee William's adaptions, it's perhaps one of his most light-hearted scripts. Yet, it still carries the depth and… More
Dean McKenna
This heavy classic drama is masterpiece! This is a relationship full of confusion, betrayal, honesty, dishonesty, love, desire, and trust. Paul Newman and… More
Devon Bott
A brilliantly written screenplay (based on the play by Tennessee Williams) is brought to life by its stars. The family of a dying southern millionaire (Burl… More