‘Catwoman’: A Not-So-Cuddly Cat Cracks a Mean Whip

The New York Times claws away at Catwoman
The character of Catwoman, definitively embodied by Eartha Kitt in the old ‘Batman’ television series and dutifully updated by Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s ‘Batman Returns,’ has always been a camp dominatrix, a persona not entirely suited to Ms. Berry’s soft, eager demeanor. She overacts Patience’s flaky timidity and then, to compensate, overdoes catwoman’s suave self-confidence, swinging her hips and pushing out her lips as if she were trying to attract the amorous attentions of Pepe le Pew.


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