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
Watch On
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Though this film's considerable warmth derives from dalmatian puppies and other animals who take charge of their fates, Close steals the show.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    75
    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.
  7. 88
    Director Stephen Herek does an admirable balancing job, though the movie slows whenever the animals solo onscreen. [27 Nov 1996 Pg.01.D]
  8. 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.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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. Mar 29, 2015
    4
    This is one of the most boring, dull, annoying and most unnecessary live action remakes of all time. Honestly, who wants to watch some trashyThis is one of the most boring, dull, annoying and most unnecessary live action remakes of all time. Honestly, who wants to watch some trashy remake when they can watch the original heartwarming animated classic. There's a good Cruella performance but apart from that all I can say is. Why? Full Review »