The Cat in the Hat (2003) - Adventure, Comedy, Family

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Two bored children have their lives turned upside down when a talking cat comes to visit them.

IMDB: 3.9
Director: Bo Welch
Stars: Mike Myers, Spencer Breslin
Length: 82 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 120 out of 552 found boring (21.73%)

One-line Reviews (248)

The music and singing that pretty damn bland.

"The Cat in The Hat" is entertaining to me, not to anyone else though.

The movies pathetic, pointless and lame,The movie and the book just aren't the same.

However, if you are able to separate this film from your Dr Seuss expectations, it is actually a funny, clever and enjoyable film.

Overall, I think the downfall of the "Cat in the Hat" was the fact that there was no story to base a plot on.


The jokes are shallow and the characters uninteresting.

But as the screenplay writers for this movie decided, that would get very tedious, very quickly.

The humour is very dry and some of the punchlines did not even encourage so much as a chuckle.

Don't waste your money or time on this movie.

A bland, nasty feeling for the full 2 hours?

Make that the worst movie I've seen in the past ten years (And I've seen plenty of stinkers)70 minutes has never felt so loooong!

Believe it or not, I actually really really enjoyed it when I saw it after a period of wanting to see it for a while.

The silly songs the cat sings were boring and monotonous, even for the children in the audience.

" I was lucky enough to get a refund after leaving a quarter way through the movie but I cannot imagine the movie getting any better for the simple reason that there was no plot, not at all.

The movie is well shot in terms of the sets but the whole film is so boring and so stupid that you would want to hit the cat if you saw him near you.

Not Funny, No Plot .

The story here meanders through every kind of cliché kiddy movie plot point you can think of, and Mike Myers tries his best to annoy even the most optimistic viewers to tears (He relentlessly shouts "Oh Yeah" like an off-brand Kool-Aid Man...

) Don't waste time and money by seeing this.

Yeah, you really put it into words best: the attempts at being more adult, relevant, and meaningful just make it more obnoxiously juvenile, dated, and pointless in the end.

Pretty Entertaining...

It is just a waste of time and it will leave cringing scars on your soul lol.

About a third of the way through the film I was feeling uncomfortable and bored.

I guess that just goes to show that most people fail to appreciate art and creativity, and wouldn't know it if they were immersed in it!

Is really worth watching.

If I had watched this in the theater I would have walked out on this garbage.

Unwatchable .

Baldwin's character is gross, creepy, pointless and annoying.

Scream it for all to hear: don't waste your money or encourage this type of film to be made ever again!

Totally pointless changes to the original book.


Without doubt, the single worst movie I have ever seen.

This is a children's movie,and me and my family have rented it out several times,and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Exactly what the cat dragged in .

Miserable waste of time .

Another formulaic, Hollywood kid movie.

My kids 4-16 laughed a little at the beginning the younger ones got bored with it and left to play Barbies and the older ones left to play ps2 and surf the net.

The mother was okay, the kids were bland, the boss was an idiot, the babysitter (who mixed Mrs. Doubtfire with too much makeup and made her such an offensive stereotype?

the SLOW.

It's not Shakespeare nor Schindler's List, but it is entertaining.

" in that kind of bored tone I normally use for infomercials (of which, of course, there is one in the movie.

In the movie, Conrad (Spencer Breslin) is a destructive and misbehaved 12-year-old brat and Sally Walden (Dakota Fanning) dull, well-behaved, and rule-obeying 8-year-old daughter, so unlike their characters in the book.

If your bored and got time to spare .

Mike Myers does a fine job of expressing himself through all that make-up and, after a slow start, the story moves at a good pace.

The latter three are also bland.

Instead, they made it a fun, exciting and great movie.

While many people rate this movie very low, it is one of those bad movies that is still worth watching.

Mike Myers gives a performance for the ages, with an extraordinary depth of character surrounded by a philosophical yet entertaining aura throughout the entire movie.

For a more exciting evening or afternoon, I'd recommend watching paint dry.

Unexpected .

Our lead children are poorly cast and their acting was robotic and bland.

Please make yourself a favor and don't waste your precious time in the garbage and like i say before the fault of this is MIKE MYERS...

In the book, the Cat brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant form of chaos to a household of two bored, loneliness, and friendless young children, brother and sister, one rainy day while their mother leaves them unattended.

I went to see it with much trepidation and was expecting a foul-mouthed feline dropping sexual innuendo like dander, but was surprised to find a movie with great special effects, decent b-grade acting, except Myers whose stilted Linda Richman act became tiresome after his first scene, and an amazing set.

The original book by Dr. Seuss did not really have much of a plot, just a scenario about a magical cat relieving the boredom of a rainy day.

That is what truly makes this film worth watching.

They try to have kid appeal with non threatening plot and humor while trying to sneak in enough for adults to keep their attention while being dragged to the multiplex.

This was the worst movie I've ever taken my kids to.

So now I will just say boring stuff.

Maybe they thought that they should make it a movie for adults too, considering they might be bored sitting through a kiddie movie for their children.

So when Sally and Conrad's mom leave for a day of work and they are left at home with a old lady named Mrs.Kwan(Amy Hill)they get bored.

I was so bored, I left the theater and spent 15 minutes in the ladies room messing with my eye makeup.

Entertaining for kids and adults.

As a production designer for many visually stunning works as BATMAN RETURNS, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and MEN IN BLACK, Welch makes sure the sets and atmosphere are as spontaneous as possible and good-looking at the extremes.

Sure, the cat gets wacked in his twig and berries, but other than that I'm afraid kids will be bored.

Other characterisations such as Larry and Mr Humberfloob are enjoyable.

On a positive note, the movie is a bit entertaining.

are you a boring person.

Unacceptable, Unbearable, Unwatchable, UNFORGIVABLE.

It's fast-moving, silly, and FUN.

I was very disapointed with this movie it wasnt funny it was very slow by far mike meyers worst movie even my children were geting bored half way thru which i have never seen them do in a theatre enviroment and several parts were way to crude for a PG rating IMO

This is easily one of the worst movies I have seen in a decade, and that covers a lot of ground.

The 'cat' performs wonderful acting and makes you laugh at even most unexpected places.

I look back and watch it again now, and the jokes are so bad, and the storyline is just like any other boring kids program, but that's part of what makes it such a fun and exciting film to watch.

All in all, it's an enjoyable film, and I recommend it if you want something to laugh at.

It taught me to be responsible in a funny, interesting and exciting way.

This movie was dumb, irritating, unfunny, and so boring and pointless that I can't even put it into words.

Remember how in the original, they were just two bored kids?

We watched about a third of the movie walked out - got our money back and went to another movie.

Save your money!

It was very entertaining.

Third, the characters are all quite engaging, with well developed personalities; and everyone gets a funny scene.

It is among the worst movie I have ever seen.

This was the longest most boring ridiculous movie I have seen in a long time!!

Performances are hopelessly wooden in places, due, in part, to the computer enhanced visuals, but mainly to the contrived script.

Alec Baldwin does play an enjoyable and good 'villain' and they could had really used him better in this movie.

Cat in the Hat is the worst movie I have ever seen--and I've seen a lot of movies.

I actually walked out of the Cat in the Hat.

I implore you not to show this to children, this is one of the worst movies i have ever seen.

The movie just dragged on and on - I was looking forward to the movie ending.

A real snore.

The cat is very entertaining even when he threatened a sweater cat with death just to get him to shut up, made the funniest profanity outburst, and a joke with a 3rd option that involves murder.

It was raining outsideTwo kids were insideIt was boring for themAnd they had considered swallowing pesticide.

Myers sounded a little too much like the Lion in Wizard of Oz sometimes and yes the screenplay was not on par with On the Waterfront, but my kid laughed and left the theater wanting to see it again.

All in all, it was a kids movie, slightly sickening and adrenaline helpless junky in the same time!

Enjoyable .

The WORST movie I have ever seen!!.

It was an enjoyable movie.

The kids in this movie are all right, somewhere in between the lines of dull and annoying.

Very entertaining and it does what it's meant to do.

Save your money, enjoy your free time, and remember that the ONLY reason this movie got released was so that the movie could be promoted with tie-ins to everything from fast food to laundry detergent.

The directing is fast paced and with original, funny and clever cuts.

Perhaps the worst movie I have ever seen.

There rest is a pure stream of movie cliche vomit.

bad movie; don't waste your money .

This has to be the worst movie of all time.

Painful waste of time for adults.

The story was boring, the cat didn't even rhyme!!

Don't waste your money on this one!

Younger kids will enjoy the movie more than anyone, as adults will get bored with it before the credits are over.

The pacing is so bland it feels like a 1950's Coke commercialProd.

This movie is OVERBLOWN and way, way too long.

My mom isn't that into kids' movies, but she was able to stay awake for most of my other theater trips...

SAVE your money - it will be on cable by saint patty's day.

Worst movie ever made.

The idea was tedious and pointless.

Overall, this movie was unbearable to watch.

Despite those comments, I still feel the movie is worth watching if only once.

Walk out of the theater, don't give it a look.

Don't waste your money, your time, or your good judgement.

Self-indulgent tripe from Mike Myers, combined with a screenplay that lacks any semblance of either humor or focus.

" Then, we see everyone in the town is smiling and waving and having a wonderful time, so then I thought, "Oh so this is a happy, exciting town?

There is nothing to enjoy or find imaginative in this annoying, loud, too fast paced mess of a movie, that has totally no story and a wobbly message in it.

Somewhat awkward at times, but really enjoyable.

From that small oversight, the rest of the chaotic events unfold with Greek-tragedy-like inevitability, though with an unpredictable outcome.

Don't waste your money for renting or buying it.

In my opinion, this was the WORST movie I have ever seen this year.

I watched this film and i thoroughly enjoyed it.

Perhaps the worst movie I've ever seen.

That being said, I still found the movie entertaining, even as an adult.


I would give this film a very strong 8/10 and I will go see it again because I enjoyed it that much.

I fell asleep about 45 minutes into the film, and realized upon awakening about 15 minutes later that I hadn't missed a thing.

There's no doubt that Mike Myers' Austin Powers brand of humor is an ill fit for the classic Dr. Seuss story, but if you can power through the shock value inherent in The Cat In The Hat, you'll find a fairly entertaining kids romp with a couple of genuine laughs for adults.

The Plot: Based on Dr. Seuss's famous book, Two children are sitting in there house on a rainy and boring day and a mischievous cat appears and shows the kids a fun time.

This is literally the worst movie I have seen since Freddy Got Fingered.

Save your money and go see Looney Tunes: Back in Action if you're really looking for a fun holiday family movie.

Save your money and most of all the hour and twenty-something minutes of your life.

So, if you want to be bored, puzzled, and discontented, this is the movie for you!

The book was like an Ice Cream Sunday, colorful and delicious, and the movie was about as bland and hard to swallow as sawdust.

'The Cat in the Hat' (2003) is as entertaining as it is stylistically unique, and is certainly worth a chance.

Very entertaining, the children love it, I love it, Mom loves it.

) Overall, the film whether you choose to look at it as children's film or otherwise, is a waste of time, money, talent and effort and totally lacks the spirit of its orginal source.

This is a description of the worst movie we've ever seen.

Worst Movie Ever .

Why did everyone think this movie was the worst movie they ever saw.

I really, really enjoyed it.

I found the "Grinch" film annoying and lacking the spirit of both the book and the television special but that now seems much better than this cliché riddled sellout.

I really enjoyed it because of such whimsical fantasy settings (just look at all those curly clouds in the blue sky!

We left the theater wanting to forget rather than try to recall our favorite scenes--because there weren't any.

Worst Movie Ever .

The worst movie i have seen .

If you want to see a Cat in the Hat that has both enjoyable music and humor, stick with the animated version.

If you must waste your time seeing this rent it first.

However I did like the movie but my one complaint about the film and this dragged it down was Mike Myers.

I have seen some terrible movies (Battlefield Earth, Congo, Batman and Robin) and I have never walked out of a movie before it was over.

Some parents will have to be dragged to it because their kids are more concerned with watching the Cat bounce around for 90 minutes than they are with seeing a good movie.

It was the absolute worst movie I have ever seen.

I really felt that this film was a waste of time to watch.

What a waste of time and money.

The jokes aren't funny, the dreary day isn't dreary, and the fun cat isn't fun.

Not nearly as good as the Grinch, but still enjoyable.

This movie was a miserable waste of time.

On a very wet day two kids got real bored,Constantly saying what can we do OH LORD!!

This film was a complete waste of time and is truly terrible.

The tv cartoon version works well if you want a visual portrayal - save your money...

Very enjoyable .

Breslin and Dakota are just so bland and boring.

A fair fantasy tale, a bit predictable tough .

" I could go on but I find this a little boring.

First of all, it's really heartbreaking for me to see this awesome gem that taught me a lot when I was a little kid, being treated as one of the worst movies of all-time.

If you are going to watch this film you have to set ure mind control to child and be prepared to enjoy the little quirks you used to as a child, the cat the hat Conrad and sally all have a childish factor and can be enjoyable asloong as you allow them to be.

The adults are silly and dull, mostly dull, adding little really to what was a charming children's story.

Plus, the script was terrible and it had no plot.

Funny and entertaining .

With all that being said, my wife and I watched the movie and really enjoyed it.

"It's funny, entertaining...

The movie is annoyingly fast paced at times and it relies to heavily on just Mike Myers.

As a movie, it's one with a wacky but engaging enough story.

The Worst Movie ever made.

My partner and I watched this film with our kids and all of us enjoyed it a great deal.

Don't waste your money on buying this movie...

save your money and see brother bear or any other kids movie .


They really should've apologized for what some of the critics said, because The Cat in the Hat is unbearable and terrible.

Eh, however I do agree with some of you, there was one part in the movie that I was slightly bored by.

This was heavy at places, and so wacky at others, both ways it annoyed while being entertaining.

That said, it has enjoyable moments and is not devoid of meaning.

Why did everyone think this movie was the worst movie they ever saw.

So when the slight book was adapted to a film, it would obviously needed to be expanded and we enter a Tim Burtonesque world of mayhem as two bored kids encounter Mike Myers, Cat in the Hat.

Please, sound it out, / then yell at the studios, give them a shout: / for plots thin as soup, for acting mundane, / for selling kids toys, it drives you insane!

It is a bit entertaining.

All-in-all, an entertaining morality tale where one child learns to behave responsibly, another learns to have fun, the bad guy gets his comeuppance and where giant talking cats exist.

After seeing this I thought, "Okay, so this is a uniform, dull town?

Alec Baldwin is a tiresome stereotypical man who wants to marry the single mom and get rid of the kids characters who seems to come from another movie.

What is "wrong" with it, however, is Mike Myers with his potty mouth, confusing the Cat with Austin Powers.

Don't waste your time with this movie, buy your kid's the "Finding Nemo" DVD instead.

On a smaller budget, this film could have been better, and actually given us more character and plot than money-burning special effects and pointless Universal Studios ads.

It is fast paced, good camera work...

Also this film is great if your a mike myers fan, if you enjoyed 'austin powers' or 'so I married an axe murderer' you should find his performance in this film, just as enjoyable.

Raucous, tasteless, gross, pointless until the last five minutes, it was certainly the worst film we've ever seen in over half a century of movie-going.

It's awkward because all of the actors act awkward, they act uncomfortably and deliver the lines in monotone.

So its up to you to make up your mind,If you wanna waste your money than that is fine.

The graphics and animation were highly entertaining.

The way studios are churning out rubbish these days is mind boggling.

His role was pointless, unfunny, and stupid.

worst movie I've ever seen .

It was an utter waste of time and money.

I feel that this movie really had a little something for everyone despite the negativity, I had grew up with this movie and saw it the day it was in the theater and even then I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish!!!!!!

Worst movie I ever saw as a kid.

The adults = boring and irritating.

The role is one of many pointless creations expressly for the film that serve only to pad it out to feature length and to which to anchor some lamedigestive tract jokes.

My niece actually asked to leave before the movie was even finished, and the child on the other side of me fell asleep.

The story is boring because there is never a feeling of stakes, and te obstacles never feel real.

This movie was quite possibly the worst movie I've seen this year.

As a compensation for the predictable story, the Cat was quite unpredictable in the course of events (as I indicated above I can not relate to the book, so I'm writing for one who has never heard/read/seen the story before), so it never suffered from the downsides of the movie.

I had my wife, my 8 year old boy and my seven year old girl with me and they really enjoyed it.

Granted, it is not a classic, but the kids (a 5 year old, a 4 year old and a 33 year old) enjoyed it immensely.

The cat in the Hat gets treated badly and further more, The plot that's been made in this movie is a lot of bore!

I highly recommend it, fun for everyone.

I think that the movie is far more entertaining than most reviews give it credit for.

Save your money.. .

Will anyone find it entertaining?

This movie might have been more enjoyable had someone else played the cat, who actually created a new character.

It takes a creative mind to make a childhood story into an interesting and entertaining movie without crude or unnecessary humor.

If you remember that and take it for what it is- a vehicle for Myers and some slick production, it's pretty entertaining among the usual holiday- blockbuster drivel that comes out on a non- Pixar year.

The cat done by Mike Myers was quite entertaining,and Sally and Conrad were quite funny.

They may get quite bored.

) The pacing of the film, though sometimes it seems to be on fast-forward, isnumbingly slow, each minute seeming like an interminable hour.

I took my 5 year old daughter who enjoyed it on a completely different level.

Please, please, please don't waste you're money, and have a good time at another film.

This was a really good movie to me b/c overall, it was cute, funny and exciting!

Waste of time.

Save your money.

I watched it a second time at a later date and enjoyed it a bit more the second time.

Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston were bland and uninteresting.

Not only is it not as bad as everyone is saying, but it's actually rather enjoyable.

I enjoyed it and laughed out loud on more than one occasion.

Perhaps I'm wrong with this critic, but if somebody thinks this comment is dull, I want also to invite that person to see "The cat in the Hat", in order to create a more solid about about all I have written here.

He comes to visit two children, the predictable (as in "orderly") Boy and Girl at home.

As for me, I thought the movie was boring and unfunny, especially Mike Meyers as the Cat.

Humberfloob/ voice of the fish) was probably the most enjoyable thing on the screen.

The movie was a joke and waste of money.

But after five more minutes I got into the groove of the movie and really enjoyed it.

She tells the children not to make a mess because she will be entertaining that evening and wants every room looking spic and span.

A total waste of time, money and film.

The humor is totally inappropriate for children - plus they'll be bored and disappointed.

Granted, it's not fantastic, but I still enjoyed it.