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The Verdict Read Reviews for the Cats Movie The film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical arrives in theatres December 20.

After more than a year of anticipation and a recent talk show frenzy, the reviews are in for director Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Cats.

The movie, in theatres December 20, stars Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, Francesca Hayward as Victoria, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Robbie Fairchild as Munkustrap, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Laurie Davidson as Mr. Mistoffelees, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Idris Elba as Macavity, and Ian McKellen as Gus.

All of the performers were captured on camera using the what Hooper refers to as Digital Fur Technology, transforming the stars from various backgrounds into Jellicle cats.

Read what critics had to say below.

The Arizona Republic (Kerry Lengel)

BBC (Nicholas Barber)

The Boston Globe (Ty Burr)

The Chicago Tribune (Michael Phillips)

CNN (Brian Lowry)

The Detroit News (Adam Graham)

Entertainment Weekly (Leah Greenblatt)

The Evening Standard (David Sexton)

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

IndieWire (Eric Kohn)

Independent (Clarisse Loughrey)

Los Angeles Times (Justin Chang)

Newsday (Rafer Guzmán)

New York Magazin/Vulture (Alison Willmore)

New York Post (Johnny Oleksinski)

The New York Times (Manohla Dargis)

San Francisco Chronicle (Allen Johnson)

The Seattle Times (Moira Macdonald)

TimeOut (Joshua Rothkopf)

USA Today (Brian Truitt)

Vanity Fair (Richard Lawson)

Variety (Peter Debruge)

Vox (Alissa Wilkinson)

The Wrap (Robert Abele)

Playbill will continue to update this page as more reviews come in.

Cats also features choreography by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), having previously worked on the 2016 Broadway revival. The soundtrack, which includes Andrew Lloyd Webber and Swift’s Golden Globe-nominated “Beautiful Ghosts,” is also out December 20.

Check out photos from the Cats premiere below.

Inside the Premiere of the Cats Movie

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