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Doctor Dolittle

Doctor Dolittle (1967)


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Rex Harrison, although not at all like the portly man described in Hugh Lofting's charming series of children's stories, is sheer perfection as the kindly animal doctor in Leslie Bricusse's musical fantasy Doctor Dolittle. Sadly, Harrison is the only thing nearing perfection in this overstuffed and over-mounted fiasco that nearly brought down 20th Century Fox. Considered a lunatic because he can converse in 498 animal dialects, Dolittle gathers up his friends Matthew Mugg (Anthony Newley) and

Oct 31, 2000

20th Century Fox

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Leslie Bricusse's adaptation retains the delightful aspects while taking considerable liberty with the plot. His music and lyrics, while containing no smash hits, are admirably suited to the scenario.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's so clumsy and pounding that taking a child to it might be grounds for a visit from family services.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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[It] almost bankrupted the studio when audiences stayed away in droves. In retrospect, it's not hard to see why.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The music is not exceptional, the rendering of the songs lacks variety, and the pace, under Richard Fleischer's direction, is slow and without surprise. Indeed, toward the end it is perfunctory. Things happen mechanically.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Animal-friendly, kid-friendly classic.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One of the worst films to be ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and one of the weakest Hollywood musicals of the 1960s.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Not even a decent performance from Richard Attenborough can save this disappointing production.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Doctor Dolittle might be a little woolly at times but it's impossible not to be impressed by Rex Harrison and his marvellous menagerie.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Will put the kids to sleep, but may kill you.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Glossy, overlong, but still fun kids' musical with Rex Harrison in good form.

August 14, 2007

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December 31, 2004 Full Review Source:

The lush sets and presentation are a big disconnect with the silly story, but that ultimately turns out to be part of the joy of the movie.

April 17, 2004 Full Review Source:

A major factor in the death of the film musical.

January 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Unfortunately -- even as escapist fare -- it's a failure due to its lifeless, meandering plot, and characters.

January 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Doctor Dolittle

Just as bad and boring as Mark Harris's Pictures at a Revolution makes it out to be.
December 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

A long film that drags slightly, but Rex Harrison and his famous speaking singing voice take us into a make believe job with a fun adventure to follow. Whilst Doc Dolittle is a Musical, there were very few songs that were memorable, but the animals and adventure provide the biggest attraction.
December 4, 2011

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I kinda forgot how LONG this movie is. Some annoyingly catchy songs, but ultimately very dated.
January 23, 2010
Jennifer D

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This was cute one in its own way but I rather stuck on Eddie Murphy as Doctor DoLittle
December 15, 2009
Wahida K

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    1. Matthew Mugg: You should never believe anyone who goes around telling the truth. They're not to be trusted.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Dr. John Dolittle: I think as a matter of principle, one should always avoid eating one's friends.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Matthew Mugg: It's against me religion to do anything violent at the end of the day.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
    1. Matthew Mugg: I think eating flowers is dangerous.
    – Submitted by Frances H (7 months ago)
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