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  • Summary: Unleashing every ounce of Disney magic, 101 Dalmatians thrilled audiences of all ages with fast-paced adventure and comedy -- featuring a brilliant performance by Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil. (Disney)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. 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: Todd McCarthy
    Where the film misses its biggest bet, however, is in depriving the animals of the voices they had in the animated version.
  3. 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.
  4. Thanks to Glenn Close's delicious villainy, it succeeds in breathing archly theatrical life into the irresistibly monstrous Cruella DeVil. Otherwise, this remake goes to the dogs too often.
  5. But when it comes to that great puppy pilgrimage, the movie, which was written and produced by John Hughes, falls astoundingly flat.
  6. Reviewed by: Hollis Chacona
    At times, the film feels like one painful, protracted pratfall.
  7. 10
    But by the end, the charm and delicacy of the 1961 cartoon have long been replaced by laborious gross-outs. Is this now official Disney policy?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 27, 2014
    This movie is a classic! Maybe I am the only one who actually prefers this version to the animated one, but I am a Disney lover and think this one has more depth. Glenn Close was perfect casting for Cruella De Vil. She is actually evil, and really brings the character to life. Plus the dogs are so much cuter in real life! Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2013
    A very entertaining film that has some hilarious stuff to share and some great acting (especially from Glenn Close). Overall, the film is very entertaining and it sticks to the Disney's animated film very well. I really enjoy this film. Collapse
  3. FaiK
    Jan 28, 2007
    i just like the part that all the dogs barks to send news about the puppies
  4. Dec 23, 2012
    Entertaining film but surreal.
  5. Mar 22, 2014
    101 Dalmatians was a heartwarming, enjoyable Disney movie in 1961. This version doesn't smother the name, but it takes a more sinister angle that is trying to be more than it is. Perhaps Cruella's antics just didn't translate well from animation to live action. Expand
  6. Nov 6, 2010
    not terrible, but not that good.
  7. Oct 3, 2011
    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. 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. Expand

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