A smooth, charming romp, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is a *good* movie, as only Steve Spielberg can make one.
Well acted, well written, and well directed, this is an eminently watchable sort of movie with a too-good-to-be-true sort of plot that makes the first half an absolute breeze. It is a treat to watch Leonardo DiCaprio, playing con man Frank Abagnale, concoct his deceptions while outpacing the authorities who are on his tail.
While the back half is considerably less enjoyable to me, it is still instructive for watching Spielberg at this most crowd-pleasing. One can feel him wanting to shake off some of the residual melancholy from projects like 1998's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and 2001's A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.
As soon many others have pointed out, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is not Spielberg at his best, but it is among his most pleasant.