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Based on 20 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 88
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

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

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Dalmatians proves an apt playground for Hughes as one could surmise that his inspiration for treating comic bad guys in his movies so violently comes from a cartoon sensibility. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    Since each is more adorable than the one before - and together they're an irresistible mass of squirming speckles - the whole elaborate edifice holds up pretty well. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 38
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Even children, who will be enthralled by all the puppies, may have a hard time not fidgeting for protracted portions of the running time. show more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle

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

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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 De Vil, the monstrous magnate who sets the plot in motion. show more

  • 50
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

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

  • 80
    Richard Schickel Time

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

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