The Internet Is Curious: What Did We Do to Deserve the Hot Mess That Is ‘Cats’?

The collective culture has spoken and Cats is weird, dude.

The Tom Hooper-directed adaptation of the iconic Broadway show just hit theaters and moviegoers have let their opinions be known. It seems Cats, a film with an Oscar-winning director and stellar cast, is not only nightmare-inducing, but it’s bad. At the time of publication, Cats had a 19 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site aptly summarized the film, writing, “Despite its fur-midable cast, this Cats adaptation is a clawful mistake that will leave most viewers begging to be put out of their mew-sery.” It also snagged a mere 32 on Metacritic.  

Suffice it to say, the reviews (both professional and layperson) are, um, abysmal. But that makes for some fun Twitter fodder. So, how bad is Cats? Here, eight honest reviews that we appreciate very much.

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1. It’s Worse Than A Breakup

That says a lot. 

2. It Will Make You Feel Weird In Front Of Irl Cats

Also, serious question: Why is Taylor Swift the only busty cat? 

3. It’s A Classic Case Of ‘you Shouldn’t Have’

We’re gonna side with Guy on this one. 

4. It Feels Kind Of Like The Descent Into Madness

Well, cats can’t sing or dance in real life, so we see where this Twitter user is coming from. 

5. It May Also Break Your Brain

No thanks. We’re cool with our fully functioning noggin. 

6. It May Bend Your Understanding Of Reality

Cats: It’s basically psychedelics without the legal ramifications. 

7. But It’s Not All Bad

At least Taylor Swift got to live out her fantasy of becoming a cat. It’s nice to see the silver lining in all of this. 

8. Just Know That If You Ultimately Decide To See It…

Walking into the theater might feel a little something like this. 

That said, we wish you a speedy recovery, Cats viewers. 


Cat mom, yogi, brunch enthusiast

Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.