Streaming Review

Tom & Jerry review – beloved duo get a screechingly irritating reboot

Failing to capture any of the wit of the original cartoons, this is the rare film that kids will hate as much as their parents

A Tom and Jerry movie should be a hard thing to mess up. You’ve got an iconic cartoon cat and mouse duo who specialise in the kind of slapstick that should have kids glued to the screen. It hardly has to be a masterpiece, but a brand this strong should be capable of delivering serviceable family entertainment with minimum fuss. Somehow, though, the grating and bizarre reboot Tom & Jerry fails to come anywhere close, dropping the pair into a boring and convoluted live-action story that will bore even the least discerning audience members.

As Tom and Jerry attempt to make a home in New York, they cross paths with the hapless Kayla (Chloe Grace Moretz), who is trying to get a temp job at a swanky hotel that needs fresh staff to help throw a lavish wedding for a rich influencer couple. Jerry plays antagonist, Kayla being tasked to remove the unwanted mouse before the guests arrive with Tom as her trusty assistant. Bafflingly, though, this doesn’t lead to a bevy of set-pieces of Tom trying to catch Jerry, and the pair are instead sidelined in favour of a string of insufferable human characters.

Almost every line of dialogue is painful to listen to – both the script and the soundtrack feel like they were put together by a focus group from 15 years ago – and the cringeworthy performances make a perfect match for this horrible writing. Even the one-line supporting cast look embarrassed to be involved.

Even at a technical level, Tom & Jerry is barely competent. The cartoon-live action integration is less convincing than the 33-year-old Who Framed Roger Rabbit and egregious ADR makes for far too many scenes where voices and lips don’t match. Full of dated cultural references and dull filler scenes, Tom & Jerry is a film for no one, a misfire that is guaranteed to be hated equally by parents and children alike.

Tom & Jerry is now available to stream on Now.

Where to watch

More Reviews...

True Mothers review – intermittently engaging melodrama

The latest from Sweet Bean filmmaker Naomi Kawase tells the story of an unconventional adoption but feels stretched at 140 minutes

Valley of Souls review – stylish and affecting journey through divided Columbia

An extraordinary first-time performance anchors a raw and mythic story of a father searching for the bodies of his murdered sons

Promising Young Woman review – an electric exploration of grief

Carey Mulligan is devastating in Emerald Fennell’s disorienting story of love, violence, and pain that refuses to give easy answers

Songs My Brothers Taught Me review – Chloé Zhao’s deeply moving debut

Finally granted a UK release six years after its festival debut, this drama lays the groundwork for its director's future masterworks


Best Films to Stream This Week in the UK

With cinemas still closed, we highlight the best new streaming releases, from Oscar nominees to a monster romance

Stream With a Theme: The Best Time Loop Films

To mark the arrival of Palm Springs on Prime Video, we highlight the cinematic time loops worth putting on repeat...

Angelina Jolie Fights Fire (and Assassins) In the Trailer For Those Who Wish Me Dead

The new film from Sicario director Taylor Sheridan centres on a fire warden who must help a young boy escape ruthless killers

Every MonsterVerse Film, Ranked

As Godzilla vs. Kong arrives on digital platforms, we cast our gaze back to this mega franchise's hits and misses to date...