Here is our selection of the Cruella reviews. In the film Emma Stone plays One Hundred and One Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil in this origin story directed by Craig Gillespie and co-starring Emma Thompson.
The film got worldwide release from May 28, 2021. It’s also streaming on Disney+.
New York Times’ Cruella Review
By AO Scott
- Cruella is a vaguely retro costume party with a doggedly retro playlist — a treat for fashion-curious kids whipped up by the boomers and Gen Xers who hold the keys to the Disney IP storage locker.
- Estella’s nemesis and role model is a famous designer known as the Baroness, a self-described genius who recalls Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread and, of course, Cruella DeVil in both her cartoon and Glenn Close incarnations.
- The film itself traffics in less intense emotions, which makes it easy enough to watch but hard to care much about.
Los Angeles Times’ Cruella Review
By Justin Chang
- It may seem counterintuitive, but the easiest way to enjoy “Cruella” — and it’s plenty enjoyable, even when it overstays its welcome — is to try and forget that it has much of anything to do with One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
- Like so many other storybook villains subjected to elaborate image makeovers, from Wicked to Maleficent, Cruella — played here by a wholly committed, glammed-to-the-nines Emma Stone — isn’t much of a monster.
- Cruella isn’t a bad movie, even if its heroine is nowhere near bad enough.
The Guardian’s Cruella Review
By Peter Bradshaw
- There’s an unexpectedly huge amount of old-fashioned fun to be had in Disney’s spectacular new origin-myth story.
- Thompson gives it everything’s she’s got – which is a considerable amount, and then some – as an imperious fashion designer called the Baroness with a prestige outlet at Liberty’s department store in London’s stately West End.
- The big screen is surely the place to marvel at the film’s digital recreation of London in the mid-70s, with top-notch work from costume designer Jenny Beavan and production designer Fiona Crombie, who lay on the outrageous accoutrements with a trowel.
Hollywood Reporter’s Cruella Review
By David Rooney
- To fill [Glenn Close] shoes — or should I say her furs — is a daunting undertaking. But it’s one Emma Stone tackles with admirable hustle and considerable charisma in Disney’s new Cruella.
- Running roughly 2 hours and 16 minutes, Cruella pursues a long, at times slow, path to contextualizing the titular figure’s origins.
- Ironically, contrary to the disposition of its titular character, Cruella requires dialing down the cynicism and buying in a little. But after such a wretchedly constrained and constricted year, who isn’t ready to revel in a little chaos?
Entertainment Weekly‘s Cruella Review
By David Rooney
- They’re not bad, they were just drawn that way. Or at least that’s what the current big-screen mini-boom in villain origin stories from Joker to Venom and Birds of Prey‘s Harley Quinn seems to suggest — a trend so far-reaching now, it’s even touched Disney.
- The costumes, by Jenny Beavan, blossom into full fantasy as the story moves into the ’70s: a Vivienne Westwood fever dream of punk-rock couture, swathed in yards of trash-bag latex and chiffon.
- Those endless pieces of flair can also feel like a noisy substitute for a story line that never quite materializes, subsumed instead by showpiece moments that seem to lurch from scene to scene.
|New York Times||3 Stars|
|Los Angeles Times||3.5 Stars|
|The Guardian||4 Stars|
|Hollywood Reporter||3.5 Stars|
|Entertainment Week||3.5 Stars|
So the average of the ratings works out at 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- Australia & New Zealand: May 27th, 2021
- US, Canada & UK: May 28th, 2021