|Buena Vista Pictures | Release Date: November 22, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
It is Close's performance that gives the movie its oomph and will leave adults with smiles as wide as the kids'.
The kind of movie that is beyond criticism.
The film, which is amiable, undemanding family holiday entertainment, is more a tribute to the astonishing skills of the dog trainers than anything else.
It should come as no surprise that the dogs are as cute as caninely possible. But is it conceivable that, once you've seen 101 adorable dogs, 102 seems redundant?
Hollow, frequently boring picture.
How is it possible that actors as expert as Close and Depardieu can wind up together in a mostly brainless big-budget stinker?
This sequel adds more insults and injuries that could traumatize little ones. Most frightening of all, the ending leaves the door open for ''103 Dalmatians,'' which would certainly constitute Cruella and unusual punishment.
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