'Puss in Boots': What the Critics Are Saying

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DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots clawed its way to the top of the box office its opening weekend, and it turns out that the critics were also fans of the feline-starring film. The film received favorable reviews overall, with an 86% rating from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

The animated film, which stars the Antonio Banderas' cat character from the Shrek franchise, was praised for its use of 3D and its colorful characters. Many critics also liked the addition Jack and Jill, who are voiced by Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris.

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“In the assorted chases, sword fights, dance interludes, ascents into the clouds, perilous treks through forest and jungles and even more conventional dialogue scenes, it's clear that the filmmakers have diligently applied themselves to conceiving the shots from dynamic dramatic perspectives that would make use of 3D as a constructive tool and not just a gimmick,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy.

“In an inspired move, this film recasts Puss' protagonists as if they were genre luminaries having a hard-boiled adventure. Think of this Puss as being sired by Raymond Chandler with Mother Goose and you'll begin to get the idea,” wrote the Los Angeles TimesKenneth Turan.

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“Perhaps the most engaging thing about Puss in Boots is that it never takes itself too seriously,” adds Turan.

“The feature-length animated spinoff - a star turn for the popular Shrek supporting character voiced by Antonio Banderas - is almost shockingly good,” wrote The Washington Post’s Michael O'Sullivan. “And not just because a lot of you will approach it with lowered expectations.”

“The animation - filled with images of red-rock buttes and majestic canyonlands - is gorgeous. But the filmmakers know better than to take things - or themselves - too seriously. There's a healthy amount of silliness here too,” O'Sullivan continued.

“It also looks terrific: brighter, with a lot more visual pizzazz than the Shrek films. Even when the story loses its thread, the movie rewards your eye,” wrote Stephen Holden of The New York Times.

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“Visually,” Holden added, “there is much to admire. The movie’s most remarkable feature is a spectacular use of 3-D that raises the bar for a mainstream animated film.”

“Giving him an entire movie of his own would seem like a stretch, and really, he has trouble sustaining his shtick for the film's 90-minute running time,” wrote The AP’s Christy Lemire of the film’s star kitty character. “But for quick, lively, family friendly entertainment, Puss in Boots works just fine, even in 3-D, which is integrated thoughtfully into the narrative and doesn't just feel like a gimmick.”

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