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

In this comedy, fashion editor Michael James sees psychiatrist Dr. Fritz Fassbender to seek help with his inability to have a serious relationship with any of the women he meets. While James is fighting off the women, Victor Shakapopulis is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 22, 1965
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 29% 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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Brian Orndorf

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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Variety Staff

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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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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Time Out

The mixed results are entertaining, if flawed.

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Eric Rhode
Observer (UK)

Donner, the director, appears to have had next to no control over the proceedings; it looks as though he was enjoying the fun so much that he didn't much bother to direct.

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Emanuel Levy

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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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A Woody Allen script that has men fretting about sex w/o commitment. Apparently a creature of the 60's, it all comes off as vain and conceited now. Peter… More
Aj V
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
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