Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. 35
    A film without mirth or magic.
  2. The floating, flailing, flying puppies in the inspired opening credits of 102 Dalmatians set the tone for an adorable sequel to the live-action version of the famously spotted cartoon.
  3. In every kids' picture, there are going to be sections that only kids will enjoy. Fortunately, 102 Dalmatians has enough for the adults, too.
  4. 63
    Doesn't really seem necessary.
  5. 63
    Though 102 Dalmatians digs up little new ground and muzzles its villain, it does have a fetching sense of functional fun now and then.
  6. 40
    Adults -- even the die-hard dog lovers -- will just have to resign themselves to being bored silly whenever the cartoonish Cruella is absent from the screen.
  7. Harmless and thoroughly unmemorable: colorful, cute, fast paced, and about as involving as an amusement park ride.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A pale reworking of its predecessor.
  9. May have had the unintended effect of obscuring the original it meant to honor.
  10. 20
    The whole movie is overbright, overloud, antic, telling us the characters and animals are endearing rather than allowing them to reveal themselves as such.
  11. 20
    The elaborate climax set in a Paris bakery is the least boring part of this trained-animal movie.
  12. Reviewed by: Paul Cullum
    An unnecessary remake.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    A sequel from hell.
  14. So dull and formulaic, it ought to be leashed and led directly to the doghouse.
  15. 75
    The kind of movie that is beyond criticism.
  16. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It is Close's performance that gives the movie its oomph and will leave adults with smiles as wide as the kids'.
  17. The film, which is amiable, undemanding family holiday entertainment, is more a tribute to the astonishing skills of the dog trainers than anything else.
  18. 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?
  19. How is it possible that actors as expert as Close and Depardieu can wind up together in a mostly brainless big-budget stinker?
  20. 50
    Hollow, frequently boring picture.
  21. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    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.
  22. You can't help but feel that Disney has delivered a turkey for Thanksgiving.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Gehr
    Cruella is once again bent on collecting enough puppy skins to fashion the frock of her dreams. And once again, yawn.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    I was still a child when I saw this movie, but I quickly realized it was just a cheap copy of the first. I wondered to myself what the difference was this film compared to the previous one, and came to the conclusion that the only difference was an extra dog. Full Review »
  2. Jun 10, 2014
    Why does this movie exists...?

    Does 101 Dalmatians demanded the story to continue? Did the fans of the original wanted a sequel so badly?
    Why did creators of this movie believed that there was any possibility of making this a good movie out of such a dumb story like this? I can hardly remember the plot, the characters are forgettable, clumsy editing and weak directing...

    Maybe the cutie animals can keep the interest of the young ones and maybe the humor, but I still find this film to be very bad; I don't recommend it.
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  3. Apr 27, 2014
    I don't like the sequel as much as the original, but hey come on it is hard to beat, the first one is a classic. However, this one has new lovable characters such as Waddlesworth the parrot who thinks he's a dog, and of course my favourite Oddball who hasn't got any S P O T S! It is a very comical and adorable movie. The puppies are so cute and it's definitely worth a watch for any child or disney lover. Full Review »