101 Dalmatians

Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    88
    Director Stephen Herek does an admirable balancing job, though the movie slows whenever the animals solo onscreen. [27 Nov 1996 Pg.01.D]
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    For us dog saps, it is especially nice to see cuddlesomely real pooches instead of drawn ones doing smart-pet tricks.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Where the film misses its biggest bet, however, is in depriving the animals of the voices they had in the animated version.
  4. Though this film's considerable warmth derives from dalmatian puppies and other animals who take charge of their fates, Close steals the show.
  5. Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so violently comes from a cartoon sensibility.
  6. The story seems awfully far-fetched when real people play the characters, but the canines are cute and Glenn Close was born to play Cruella De Vil, the monstrous magnate who sets the plot in motion.
  7. Since each is more adorable than the one before - and together they're an irresistible mass of squirming speckles - the whole elaborate edifice holds up pretty well.
  8. 63
    What's funny in cartoons is not always funny in live action, and some of the dunkings in unsavory substances left me less than amused.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    5
    I know that this film is an epic, but I will not be influenced by this or I will base my critique on the fact that a film is epic or not. II know that this film is an epic, but I will not be influenced by this or I will base my critique on the fact that a film is epic or not. I actually think the movie a big failure in cinematic terms. But for watching with family at times like Christmas or Easter is perfect, and the kids do not dislike. Full Review »
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    5
    not terrible, but not that good.
  3. Jan 3, 2016
    5
    For such a remake to the animation one, it's pretty much okay. Nothing bad about it, but nothing good about it either. 101 Dalmatians willFor such a remake to the animation one, it's pretty much okay. Nothing bad about it, but nothing good about it either. 101 Dalmatians will either pass away the time or you'll eject the disc out of the Blu-ray/DVD player depending on your taste in movies. Full Review »