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  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    You can see the outcome from a distance, but Michael Lehmann ("Heathers") directs with such snap, and the actors play their concert of comic duets and trios with such skill and charm, that The Truth About Cats & Dogs emerges a surprising, first-rate romantic comedy. show more

  • 63
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Though its romantic-comedy triangle borrows heavily from Cyrano de Bergerac, the film has more in common with Three's Company. A shame, since Dogs boasts more than a few stray pleasures. [26Apr1996, Pg. 04.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Janeane Garofalo in this movie... is so likable, so sympathetic, so revealing of her character's doubts and desires, that she carries us headlong into the story. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There aren't many surprises, but the script is written with a degree of wit, and there are some bitingly funny one-liners (all of which are delivered by Garofalo). show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    Garofalo and Thurman breathe some eccentric life into the cliches, and charming Chaplin is a walking warning to Hugh Grant, almost adorable enough to warrant all the trouble. show more

  • 12
    San Francisco Examiner

    The entire film rings totally fake and the resulting dishonest sentimentality makes you fidget in your seat and count the seconds until the sweet but completely predictable ending. show more

  • 80
    Angie Errigo Empire

    DJ Audrey Wells' crafty screenplay brims with truths about the sexes, providing great lines for Garofalo, and great business for Thurman's confused waif, and cranks the feelgood factor up so high it's almost off the scale. show more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle

    Executive producer and screenwriter Audrey Wells' script portrays most of the men as repulsively one-dimensional; the women fare only slightly better as two-dimensional beings: smart and plain, or dumb and drop-dead gorgeous. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The Truth About Cats & Dogs is very funny around the edges... but as the characters begin to hang out together, forming a platonic menage a trois, the mistaken-identity ruse never escalates into true screwball lunacy. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Janeane Garofalo and Uma Thurman make a bright-eyed comedy team in this romance. show more

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