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101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians (1996)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 5

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There are more puppies than you can shake a rolled up newspaper at in this live-action remake of the Disney animated favorite 101 Dalmatians. Roger (Jeff Daniels) is a designer of computer games who shares his home with his pet dalmatian, Pongo. One day, Roger takes Pongo for a walk in the park and the dog sets his eyes on a beautiful female dalmatian named Perdy. Perdy likes Pongo as much as he likes her, and thankfully Perdy's mistress, a fashion designer named Anita (Joely Richardson), is


Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy

Dodie Smith, John Hughes

Apr 21, 1998

Buena Vista Pictures

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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (21) | DVD (18)

[Glenn] Close creates an iconic, comically menacing character that lingers in the memory long after the bland nonsense of the film has faded.

June 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

All-ages spotted canine caper updates classic.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media entertaining, surprisingly charming update of the Disney's 1961 animated classic.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

as good of a live-action Cruella as we could expect

September 21, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

the film is reasonably efficient and combines enough fantasy and humor to hold one's interest.

June 15, 2007

To find the biggest source of problems with this remake, take a look at the producer's name. 101 Dalmatians is Disney's first joint venture with John Hughes,

May 29, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Rather pointless literalization of a great cartoon that didn't need it.

July 25, 2002

This is very harmless entertainment for kids with a non-so-subtle anti fur coat message. It is not quite up to adult standards, however.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

This time they simply forget the part that made the original work -- the dogs' story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Close's Cruella matches her animated counterpart's nastiness and then some; her hilariously over-the-top turn is sure to influence drag queens everywhere.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for 101 Dalmatians

I love the cartoon version of 101 dalmations but i still very much enjoy this movie as well! Its funny, a great cast and you just have to love all the dalmation puppies!
March 29, 2012
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

This 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?
January 29, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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The live adaptation of the classic 101 Dalmatians is simply terrible. The film fails to succeed in capturing the essence of the classic Disney animated version. I felt that the idea was good, but the film lacked so much in terms of quality and elaborate script. The film can be seen as a remake of sorts because it's almost a shot for short film, aside from a few added scenes and updated elements. The cast do their best with the lacking script, but unfortunately their acting can't save the film. Even Glenn Close can't save this film, and she was the best in the film. The film is a disappointment and will most likely disappoint fans of the animated classic. The film is a good attempt, but ultimately it fails, and is one of the worst live action Disney films that I've seen. I really enjoyed the animated film as a kid, but this, this was horrible. 101 Dalmatians is a film that hasn't stood the test of time, unlike the original. This version is too silly, too stupid, and too poorly executed to enjoy., Maybe kids will enjoy, but really as a family film, there are far better family films out than this one, and that includes the superior animated classic. This is a missed opportunity, and it just shows that some films aren't meant to be remade. This film fails to entertain, and when it tries to do something amusing, you just don't care because it's been done better before. A stupid, pointless film that just misses the mark. Awful film.
September 25, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

    1. Jasper: Come here, you speckled lab rat!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (16 months ago)
    1. Cruella De Vil: I'll be wearing Anita's dogs!
    – Submitted by Thomas M (18 months ago)
    1. Cruella De Vil: I'm getting really tired of you Roland!
    2. Roger: Roger!
    3. Cruella De Vil: Whatever!
    – Submitted by Thomas M (18 months ago)
    1. Horace: Did you hear that?
    2. Jasper: Hear what?
    3. Horace: That noise.
    4. Jasper: What noise?
    5. Horace: That noise I've just heard, did you hear it?
    6. Jasper: Oh yeah, yeah. Sounds like a complete berk answering me irritating questions... Oh good, it's stopped now.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (24 months ago)
    1. Cruella De Vil: Anyway you want. Poison them! Drown them! Bash them on the head! Got any chlorophyl? I don't care how you kill the little beasts, just do it, and do it now!
    – Submitted by Alice N (3 years ago)
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