A Street Cat Named Bob

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Released 2016

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Director:
Roger Spottiswoode
Released:
2016
Rating:
Not rated
Based on the international best-selling book, A STREET CAT NAMED BOB is a moving and uplifting feel-good true story. When James Bowen finds an injured ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he has no idea just how much his life is about to change. James lives hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needs is a pet. Yet James can’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christens Bob. He slowly nurses Bob back to health and then sends the cat on his way, imagining he will never see him again. But Bob has other ideas. Soon the two are inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Screen International Fionnuala Halligan

    While Bob does slink around some predictable narrative beats, this is still a slyly subversive film with a social point to make as it highlights James's isolation in a cold, hard-f...

  • 60

    Total Film

    Bob has spawned multiple books, but what works on the page seems slight on screen. That's not to say it isn't life-affirming, it's just not quite the cat's pyjamas.

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter Leslie Felperin

    A film that admirably tries to remain true to the slightly gritty spirit of its source material. Unfortunately, it also occasionally sprays the wall with maudlin touches and misjud...

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