101 Dalmatians Synopsis
London fashion maven (Glenn Close) steals pups for a Dalmatian coat.
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USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Director Stephen Herek does an admirable balancing job, though the movie slows whenever the animals solo onscreen. [27 Nov 1996 Pg.01.D]
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80

Time

By Richard Schickel
For us dog saps, it is especially nice to see cuddlesomely real pooches instead of drawn ones doing smart-pet tricks.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so...
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75

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Since each is more adorable than the one before - and together they're an irresistible mass of squirming speckles - the whole elaborate...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story seems awfully far-fetched when real people play the characters, but the canines are cute and Glenn Close was born to play Cruella...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Though this film's considerable warmth derives from dalmatian puppies and other animals who take charge of their fates, Close steals the...
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What's funny in cartoons is not always funny in live action, and some of the dunkings in unsavory substances left me less than amused.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
But when it comes to that great puppy pilgrimage, the movie, which was written and produced by John Hughes, falls astoundingly flat.
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40

Austin Chronicle

At times, the film feels like one painful, protracted pratfall.
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Even children, who will be enthralled by all the puppies, may have a hard time not fidgeting for protracted portions of the running time.
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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 5+ Engaging live-action canine caper has some peril, pratfalls.
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