Artist and graphics designer Patience Phillips is a people-pleaser. Her main support is her best friend Sally. She works for a cosmetics company called Hedare Beauty. They're ready to ship a new skin cream, Beau-line. It reverses the effects of aging. However, Patience overhears the scientist Dr. Ivan Slavicky and Laurel Hedare, the wife of company owner George Hedare, talking of the dangerous side effects from continued use of the skin cream. Laurel's guards discover Patience. They are ordered to get rid of her. Patience is then killed by drowning.
From Mau's owner, researcher Ophelia Powers, Patience learns that Egyptian Mau cats are messengers of the goddess Bast. She then realizes she is now a "catwoman". She is reborn with abilities that are a blessing and a curse. She is disguised as Catwoman to hide her identity. Under cover of darkness, Patience looks for answers as to who killed her and why. Her search leads her to Laurel Hedare. Patience asks Laurel to keep an eye on George. Laurel agrees to do so.
When Patience meets George in anger, however, he says that he knows nothing about the side effects. The police, led by Patience's love partner, Detective Tom Lone, come. Catwoman escapes.
Later, Laurel kills her husband for his infidelity. She had Dr Slavicky killed because he wanted to end the release of Beau-line. She calls Catwoman and blames the murder on her. Tom arrests Catwoman and takes her into custody.
Patience, or Catwoman, slips from her cell and angrily meets Laurel in her office. Patience rescues Tom. Tom questioned Laurel about Patience's guilt in the process. It then becomes obvious that Laurel was the one who killed Patience.
During a fight, Patience scratches Laurel's face several times. That causes Laurel to fall out a window, then grab a pipe. Laurel falls to her own death.
Patience is cleared of any charges about the deaths of the Hedares and Dr Slavicky. She ends things with Tom. She enjoys her newfound freedom as the mysterious Catwoman.
- Halle Berry as Patience Phillips / Catwoman
- Benjamin Bratt as Tom Lone
- Lambert Wilson as George Hedare
- Frances Conroy as Ophelia Powers
- Alex Borstein as Sally
- Sharon Stone as Laurel Hedare
- Kim Smith as Drina
- Michael Massee as Armando
- Byron Mann as Wesley
- Peter Wingfield as Dr. Ivan Slavicky
- Berend McKenzie as Lance
- Ona Grauer as Sandy
- Landy Cannon as Randy
- Benita Ha as Forensics Technician
- Jill Krop as Newscaster
- Dagmar Midcap as Television Reporter
- Peter Williams as Detective
- Janet Varney as Party Girl
Catwoman took in $40,202,379 in North America. It made $41,900,000 in other countries. The budget was $100 million.
Catwoman was hated by critics. Under Rotten Tomatoes, it had a score of 9%. It appeared on the list of Roger Ebert's most hated movies. Ebert and his co-host Richard Roeper both gave the movie "thumbs down".
The movie got seven Golden Raspberry Award nominations in 2005. It won Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.