The film is a prequel to 101 Dalmatians and follows Cruella de Vil from her roots as an orphaned urchin to an aspiring fashion designer determined to avenge her mother's death.
The Guardian said the film was "extremely entertaining".
But The Times called it "messy, flabby and confused".
The evil, dognapping character was a terrifying Disney icon when 1961's original animation 101 Dalmatians was released,
This latest film follows 1996's live-action version starring Glenn Close, and its sequel in 2000.