Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. 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?
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    It is Close's performance that gives the movie its oomph and will leave adults with smiles as wide as the kids'.
  3. 20
    The elaborate climax set in a Paris bakery is the least boring part of this trained-animal movie.
  4. 63
    Doesn't really seem necessary.
  5. How is it possible that actors as expert as Close and Depardieu can wind up together in a mostly brainless big-budget stinker?
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    33
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    10
    A sequel from hell.
  8. Reviewed by: Paul Cullum
    10
    An unnecessary remake.
  9. You can't help but feel that Disney has delivered a turkey for Thanksgiving.
  10. 35
    A film without mirth or magic.
  11. 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.
  12. 75
    The kind of movie that is beyond criticism.
  13. The film, which is amiable, undemanding family holiday entertainment, is more a tribute to the astonishing skills of the dog trainers than anything else.
  14. 50
    Hollow, frequently boring picture.
  15. 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.
  16. In every kids' picture, there are going to be sections that only kids will enjoy. Fortunately, 102 Dalmatians has enough for the adults, too.
  17. Harmless and thoroughly unmemorable: colorful, cute, fast paced, and about as involving as an amusement park ride.
  18. May have had the unintended effect of obscuring the original it meant to honor.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    A pale reworking of its predecessor.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Gehr
    20
    Cruella is once again bent on collecting enough puppy skins to fashion the frock of her dreams. And once again, yawn.
  23. So dull and formulaic, it ought to be leashed and led directly to the doghouse.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Oct 3, 2011
    1
    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
    3
    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
    7
    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 »