The Rabbi's Cat
The Rabbi's Cat (2012)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

It's a wild and vivid ride and a spirited reminder of the kinship between Jewish and Arab cultural traditions.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.

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Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

"Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.

Emily S. Mendel

Sfar's enchanting portrait of a society in which Jews and Muslims live compatibly is a lesson for our time

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.

Sarah Fisch
Village Voice

An absorbing, nuanced, and vividly animated tale of adventure, ambivalent morality, colonial injustice, talking animals, and the vagaries of religious zeal and colonialism.

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Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

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The adventures of a talking cat owned by an Algerian rabbi, who innocently blasphemes, wants to be bar mitzvahed, and tags along on a quest to find the black… More
Walter M.
It is a good thing that the rabbi's cat develops the power of speech when he does, as he soon has to defend himself from charges of having eaten the family… More