Katie Walsh’s review published on Letterboxd:
"It’s not easy to solve a problem like “Cruella.” The film is humanizing origin story in the vein of “Joker,” but aimed at a teen audience, and we can’t see her attempt to harm any dogs, but, that’s her whole thing. It’s quite the predicament, character-wise...
The tension between the kinda naughty Cruella and the absurdly evil Baroness illustrates the quandary when it comes to making a film to explain one of Disney’s most iconic, and problematic, villains. Though they managed to pull it off with “Maleficent,” positioning her as a misunderstood eco-warrior, Cruella’s whole deal is killing animals for fur. With that element understandably neutered, Stone is tasked with the challenge of balancing Estella and Cruella, trying to make Estella sympathetic, but also celebrating who Cruella ultimately becomes. She’s never as unleashed as Thompson or even Close, who are allowed to be as bad as they want to be.
Despite the character’s limitations, Gillespie’s dizzyingly manic aesthetic makes for a head-rush of a ride, as we trip the light fantastic through a grungy glam-goth take on ‘70s London. The effect lasts about as long as the film itself, evaporating almost instantly, but it is indeed a good time while it lasts."