101 Dalmatians


101 Dalmatians (1996)


Critic Consensus: Neat performance from Glenn Close aside, 101 Dalmatians is a bland, pointless remake.


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Cruella De Vil dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London and Pongo leads a heroic cast of animal characters on a dramatic quest to rescue them all in a story the whole family will enjoy again and again.

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Glenn Close
as Cruella De Vil
Hugh Fraser
as Frederick
Zohren Weiss
as Herbert
Michael Percival
as Police Inspector
John Evans
as Pensioner with Bulldog
Hilda Braid
as Woman on Park Bench
Margery Mason
as Woman on Park Bench
Andrew Readman
as Police Officer No. 1
John Peters
as Police Officer No. 2
Bill Stewart
as Arresting Officer
Joe Lacey
as Veterinarian
Brian Capron
as Television News Reporter
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Critic Reviews for 101 Dalmatians

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

While the adorableness quotient of the new "101" is never in doubt, fans of the original may feel that its wit and charm have been diminished...Cute and broad, this re-make's OK. What I miss--what I'd hoped for--was a tad more sophistication.

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Brilliant puppy wrangling, seamlessly blended with special effects, and a witty and sophisticated performance by Glenn Close as dazzlingly costumed Cruella DeVil more than compensate for spottier moments.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Jun 3, 2014 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

All-ages spotted canine caper updates classic.

Jan 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...an entertaining, surprisingly charming update of the Disney's 1961 animated classic.

Jan 29, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Sep 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 101 Dalmatians


The fact is, there is one reason only to watch this completely forgettable movie that can't seem to decide if it wants to be a merely amusing pastime or a silly nonsense, and that reason is Glenn Close, who devours the scenery with a deliciously over-the-top performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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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?

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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