Falls apart at the end, and wastes a lot of potential, but the first two thirds are grisly fun, with a lot of neat Altman - esque touches. See it if you like overccoked Southern Gothic, or want to see the most original of American directors on well-behaved form. Not recommended for cat - lovers.
I saw this film when it was theatrically released and liked it at the time. Now, 14 years later, I wonder why. Because, apart of the lightning that creates a modern fairy tale mood (Red Riding Hood, the ogre, etc...), the film is a disappointment. Man changes. Everything is relative. Amen. Already forgotten.
Even if a movie just sort of works and tells me a story I'd like to hear without being all that great, I'm typically down to like it. But I felt like this movie didn't work all that well. Grisham writes stories that tight direction, and while someone like Altman might make things more interesting by opening that kind story up, I didn't like his attempts here. Ebert liked it. I don't know. Didn't work for me.