Despite starring half of Hollywood A-listers and a nostalgia of Barba Streisand’s ‘Memory’, the movie has been tagged an assault to the eyes by critics. Ranking at just 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, Tom Hooper's film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, it is safe to say that ‘Cats’ is a stain to 2019’s year of good movies like ‘Parasite’, ‘The Irishman, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Joker, ‘Hustlers’ among many, many others.
Comparing the movie to the 2010, grotesque movie, ‘The Human Centipede’, David Sexton from Evening Standard wrote,
"Nearly as obscene as The Human Centipede...It all just feels so wrong. Whether they are human or feline, what on earth has happened in those smoothed out groins, so much exposed by the leotards? And let’s not think about those tails that keep erecting for emphasis. All of the characters appear much more to advantage when dressed in clothes (whatever the logic of that)."
Justin Chang from ‘The Los Angeles Times’ also had somewhat the same reception and wrote,
"With its grotesque design choices and busy, metronomic editing, “Cats” is as uneasy on the eyes as a Hollywood spectacle can be, tumbling into an uncanny valley between mangy realism and dystopian artifice. But then again, maybe this look was the appropriate choice for a movie in which making sense was the very last priority. At some point during “Cats”—I think I was trying to distract myself from the richly metaphorical image of James Corden sifting through garbage—it occurred to me that only one letter separates its title from Pixar’s “Cars,” to name another hermetically sealed, digitally polished, heavily anthropomorphized family-friendly entertainment set in a world from which actual human beings are creepily, apocalyptically absent."
Tyler Burr from Golden Globe also wrote,
"I truly believe our divided nation can be healed and brought together as one by “Cats”— the musical, the movie, the disaster. In other news, my eyes are burning. Oh God, my eyes."
Cats have an impressive cast of stars such as Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jason Derulo among many others.