57 thoughts on “Catwoman (2004) Movie Review

  1. I’ve heard a lot of things about this film; none of them good. It was nice to make a female-led superhero film, but good intentions don’t count for much in the face of appalling execution. Apparently, the video game is supposed to be even worse. A lot of people consider it the worst game based on a comic book character that isn’t called Superman 64.

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      1. To be fair, there are some good movie-based games. Goldeneye is the most obvious example, being a rare case in which the game managed to eclipse the movie upon which it was based. I’m told that the adaptation of Spider-Man 2 was good as well. It’s just when the developers make an adaptation for the sake of cashing in that we run into the problem you’re familiar with. While gamers of yesteryear didn’t have to put up with microtransactions (if you don’t count coin-eating arcade machines, anyway), they had their own brand of hell to deal with in the form of greedy companies cynically churning out garbage products based off of films that already had a large fanbase.

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        1. I agree for Spider-Man 2. I remember playing it and enjoyed every second of it. But, like you said, it didn’t feel like it was just out there to make more money due to a movie’s success. But I definitely think what you pointed out is what makes those movie-based games so… unappealing to me in general. I’m at a point where I just can’t take the risk of trying them unless there’s some kind of universal praise for them going on.

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  2. This and Green Lantern are neck and neck for the worst superhero movie. I think Catwoman leads by a whisker because it has nothing to do with the DC universe even while using one of their iconic characters.

    It felt very sexually exploitative to me, as Berry seemed to be nothing more than skin to look at. Made me wonder how much of the script she saw before taking the role.

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    1. Yep. So far, Catwoman is the worse of DC’s movies for me. It has no redeeming qualities. It was created for the wrong reasons. I have no idea what Halle Berry saw in this movie to accept doing it. Maybe she was contractually obligated… and wanted to have both feet in DC and Marvel (X-Men as Storm)… But this did release around a very successful period of her life… Maybe she was just doing it for money too.

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  3. This is one of those films I never had any desire to watch. Glad to hear I didn’t miss much. Although I must have missed something if you continue watching it at least once every 5 years!!! 🙂

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    1. Hahahah the first time I saw it was at release, I was only a teenager and my mind was probably on Halle Berry more than anything else. The second time was with a much more mature mind so I could finally understand the disaster it was. And this third time was to write a review on it so that I… never have to rewatch it again. And you guys neither! 😀

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  4. Ugh. Catwoman and Elektra. Female superhero movies made for the male gaze and ostensibly marketed to women, and when they utterly failed, studios pointed at them to justify not making more woman-centric superhero movies, saying “women don’t go see comic book movies”.

    It took until 2017, when Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman (a woman-centered movie made for the female gaze by a woman) was a major success that Hollywood realized that, yeah, women like super heroes, too.

    Thank goodness for Patty Jenkins.

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  5. Cant say I remembered anything or even watching this. What I do know is Berry had a very successful time around that period and if I am not mistaken, this either came out before or after Monsters Ball that was all about the sex… I prefer Michelle Pfeifer’s cat woman, even though it was a bit cringe it tried staying true to the comics.

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  6. I’m crying… I honestly can’t believe you had the stomach to watch this whole thing. Just watching the trailer was enough for me, LOL. It’s really sad they didn’t do the character Patience justice, and the CGI seems certainyl cringe-inducing. I feel bad for the actress who played her! In general it just seemed like a low budget film lol.

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  7. Cringe-inducing indeed. I actually cringed when I saw the title of the post. I didn’t like this movie at all and your review eloquently states all my reasons while cracking me up 🙂

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  8. Ahahahaha love your review, Lashaan! 😀
    Your righteous fury is very endearing, I must confess. I laughed out loud, and I can’t believe you’re masochistic enough to watch it every five years! I don’t think I watched it even once 😉
    Great review, as always! 😀

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  9. I will forever regret the decision I made in watching this film. I can’t believe they actually butchered an adaptation on one of the greatest anti-heroes of all time. On the bright side, it makes a great horror film that will traumatise generations to come.

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    1. It’s insane that such a disaster was possible but I think the director had no clue what he was doing here. They went superficial on all levels and had no plan whatsoever to make this one memorable. And yes… A real horror movie hahahah

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  10. This was actually quite fun to read Lashaan, I can’t believe you have seen it more than once… why? 😂 To begin with I wasn’t really drawn to that movie but now I’ll avoid it like the plague! 😂 Thanks for this super honest review 😀

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  11. Hahaha, hilarious and cutting observations my friend (I nearly missed this post as well, I don’t recall getting the usual e-mail notification) – and you’ve see it more than once? Sounds a bit like myself and Alien Resurrection, seeing it, loathing it and then going back some years later just to make sure it was as bad as I thought it was!

    I haven’t seen Catwoman, but fully aware of the legend surrounding it, it would seem the only appeal here is Halle Berry but I wasn’t aware that this take on the character diverges so wildly and so loosely from the source! This certainly sounds as awful as everyone says it is.

    Thanks for watching it (again) Lashaan…so I NEVER have to!!!

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    1. I have no idea why that is but I hope it gets fixed! Hahahaha you feel me! We’re just out here making sure that these movies really were as bad as they seemed the first time. 😛

      I’m surprised you haven’t seen it though! 😮 But now I’m glad to confirm and warn you again of this tragedy. It’s not worth anyone’s time.

      Thanks for reading, Chris! I appreciate it as always! 😀

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  12. I’ve managed to avoid this for 16 years but weirdly I want to watch it now. I know I’ll hate it but my curiosity has been piqued. Which is ironic given what curiosity supposedly does to cats…

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  13. I watched Catwoman a while back when I was in a 3-year-long bad movie phase. Some bad movies are awesome in that they’re terribly made, but still enjoyable, like “Hitler, Dead Or Alive”, Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla” is kind of like that because it’s so bold in its badness, and arguably half of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career. Some bad movies are hilariously bad, like Troll 2, The Room, Plan 9 from Outer Space. Some movies are painful to watch, like Garbage Pail Kids, Nukie (a foreign ripoff of ET), and so many bad comedies. I’d put Catwoman somewhere between painful and hilariously bad, with maybe a touch of being bold in its badness. It’s kind of unique in the world of bad movies.

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    1. I was going to mention Schwarzenegger’s movies too hahahah I definitely know what you mean about hilariously-bad movies but man I’d gladly put this in those “frustratingly bad” movies myself. I think being a huge DC fan makes it harder for me to accept such horrible adaptations. I’d put the last Star Wars (ep. IX) in there too. Terrible stuff! But man, I still have a couple of other bad ones queued up for the upcoming months that I actually never saw before. I can’t wait to see if they are just as bad hahaha

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