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Overall Rating
2.36

Awesome: 4.44%
Worth A Look: 8.89%
Average: 24.44%
Pretty Bad42.22%
Total Crap: 20%

3 reviews, 27 user ratings


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102 Dalmatians
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Dogged-animation."
2 stars

Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) is released from jail and scientifically cleansed of her hatred of puppies, particularly Dalmatians.

For awhile, I was thinking that maybe this was going to take a different twist and make Cruella likable (“Call me El”), but she pops a few gaskets (mainly her bifurcated black-and-white hair) and reverts to being “bad.” (The real question is, once the scientists discovered that the effects would wear off, why didn’t they recall Cruella?) At about that point of her succumbing to the evil side again (“If you repeat your offense, your entire estate will go to the dogs” — literally), she comes up with a plan to make that spotted coat she always wanted. While the movie is suitable and satisfactory for young kids, it’s blown out of proportion by the ridiculously inane script and over-the-top production. (How could it take four people to draft this dreck?) Where the first was enjoyable (though just as unnecessary when compared to the original cartoon) on either side of the aisle — adults or kids — this is to be quite the moaner for anyone over 10. Sure, the vivid production design and stylish costumes look nice, but that in no way contributes to anything this movie has to offer. A new starting point and a reversion to the same gags as the first (in addition to mindlessly dumbing this one down) hardly constitute a sequel, but apparently the greed and demand for money does. The most unforgivable thing about 102 Dalmatians comes with the dogs: they are extremely cute, that is, when they are real — even when they’re animatronic. But not when they’re computer animation. When the small children in the audience are pointing out how obvious it looks to their parents, I think my point is proven. CGI dogs are unacceptable!

Directed by Kevin Lima. With Alice Evans, Ioan Griffudd and Gerard Depardieu (looking like a reject from the World Wrestling Federation).

[Not to be bothered with.]

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User Comments

9/14/08 Samantha Pruitt not as good as original but still fun! 3 stars
7/19/08 Susan Lee decent family film.. not up to par to original 3 stars
3/20/08 David Cohen It is a shame that Disney has decided that its audience is made up of morons 2 stars
3/20/07 Stanley Thai Overall, a really good entertainment for the kids. They will love it! 4 stars
8/28/05 Quigley another dopey live-action cartoon where characters survive impossible scenarios. total crap 1 stars
6/02/04 Sean Scanlan I dislike this sequel 1 stars
12/31/03 HELLOWEEN where the hell is Michael Myers?? This movie sucks! 1 stars
8/12/03 Double G most sequals suck, and this was is one of them!!! 1 stars
3/20/03 Shadaan Felfeli I hate sequels. I sat through it though. 3 stars
10/07/02 Sugarpants Complete crap! Dumb kids movie that even had my 9 year old niece rolling her eyes! 2 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat Not a lot of people like this one as much as the first, but I liked it. 4 stars
4/16/01 Rampage I agree with you Greg Muskewitz! What a load of garbage! 2 stars
4/13/01 Jed I pretty much agree with D.F.E it was confusing yet still funny. 3 stars
3/27/01 abe simmons it as a very good family movie 4 stars
3/26/01 visit: www.sip.f2s.com sux 2 stars
12/22/00 Viking Poor old Dodie Smith (the author of the original book) must be spinning in her grave !!! 2 stars
12/19/00 Thrillhouse Would've been better if Cruella took out a AK47 and killed all of those damn dogs. Very bad 1 stars
12/17/00 Christopher Myst Brent, you're wrong, Disney is pushing it for Oscars--seriously! 1 stars
12/13/00 Brent Young It's cute & has cool dogs. Remember this wasn't made for an Oscar, It's really cool movie. 5 stars
12/08/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Kill the damn dogs and give the woman her coat. 1 stars
11/30/00 Zipperneck Unless you need to know from where Happy Meal toys emanate, stay home and shave your back. 1 stars
11/28/00 BLUZKAT DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO SEE IT NOW THAT I KNOW THE TRUTH THAT IT SUCKS! 1 stars
11/28/00 pipeman Cute. Better than the first one. Glenn Close's costumes rock! 4 stars
11/28/00 Adam Miller Its ok. could have been better. I say wait for the video 3 stars
11/26/00 Stuntman Not as good as the first one, but still pretty bad. I agree with you, Greg Muskewitz! 2 stars
11/24/00 Katie n marc cool 5 stars
11/23/00 Ground Zero After seeing this movie, I wanted to spay dogs. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  22-Nov-2000 (PG)

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Australia
  26-Dec-2000 (G)




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