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Dr. Dolittle (1998)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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Betty Thomas directed this adaptation of the classic children's stories by Hugh Lofting (1886-1947), updating the original concepts into the present day. When noted surgeon Dr. John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) swerves his car to avoid hitting a dog, he hits his head on the windshield, triggering his long-dormant gift for holding conversations with animals. Friends, associates and his wife Lisa (Kristen Wilson), all express concern, but Dr. Dolittle is happy as he takes on new animal clients. Soon


Comedy, Kids & Family

Nat Mauldin, Larry Levinson

Aug 3, 1999

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Slim on story and rife with scatological jokes, the film may strike a chord with pre-teens but misses for an older crowd despite some nifty effects and broad humor.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Murphy's likeable, the script's laden with a gaggle of one-liners, and there's even a vague message nestling beneath the zoological chaos.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie will not harm anyone, and in the audience I saw it with, lots of parents and kids seemed to be laughing together.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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The old actor's rule -- never work with animals or kids -- has never seemed more apt. The animals steal the scene from Murphy every time, and he gives it up gladly.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Dr. Dolittle runs out of ideas long before the projector runs out of film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A cloying, humorless motion picture whose only assets are the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a couple of good one-liners by a pair of rodents.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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This gimmicky animal tale is crude but funny.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Even star Eddie Murphy seems bored.

April 1, 2009 Full Review Source:

It's quite funny for the first thirty minutes, but after that it's kind of like beating a dead horse. A dead talking horse.

January 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

Dr. Dolittle is destined to be a money maker, since kids will see the talking animals and be instantly taken in, but it is the film's utter lack of anything wholesome that causes its downfall.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of the things about Dr. Dolittle that helps raise it above kiddy-fare and give the accompanying adults a bit of amusing entertainment are the not-so-kid-targeted jokes.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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December 31, 2004 Full Review Source:

Provides enough entertainment for the audience to enjoy the film despite [its] flaws.

June 17, 2004 Full Review

Dr. Dolittle doesn't cut it as a family film or as a comedy farce. It's too vulgar to be the former and too inconsistent to be the latter. But consider this movie to be a test -- how many times can you laugh at one joke?

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Eddie Murphy is one of those actors who is almost always funny. Although this is not one of his best movies, he is thoroughly enjoyable here, with the other actors mainly staying out of the way of his bits.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Director Betty Thomas recruited a host of stand-up comedians to provide the voices for the animals, and it's a gimmick that works astonishingly well. Talking animals have never sounded so witty.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Murphy does little more than react to stupid pet tricks.

July 3, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

This movie is not fair to either man or beast. It makes all creatures seem annoying, charmless, noisy, witless and unfunny--unless you are fond of toilet and arse jokes.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Os roteiristas parecem pensar que o simples fato de estarmos vendo um cachorro resmungando é engraçado, não importando o que ele fale. O problema é que importa, sim - e muito.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The moral of Dr. Dolittle is follow your bliss no matter what anyone else thinks.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Why are creatures commenting here on copulation and what are anal thermometers doing being swallowed up by canines' rears in a kids' picture?

November 23, 2001 Full Review
Entertainment Asylum

Murphy himself is rather dull in the straight man role, and the jokes are pretty coarse for a family film. But it's certainly better than the lacklustre sequel, which finds Eddie playing second fiddle to a performing bear.

July 24, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Takes a children's story and makes it witty and slick enough for an adult audience, while also infusing obvious lessons for the younger generation about acceptance and tolerance for those who are different.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Teenagers and some younger kids may find it more amusing than I did.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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Audience Reviews for Dr. Dolittle

Hugh Lofting's Dr.Dolittle is really a bad decision to make an adaptation to the cinema. Both the original picture and this remake are a very dumb and honest... a piece of crap. Rotten.
March 17, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This is yet another awful remake of a classic film. Eddie Murphy plays Dr. Doolittle, and this is one of the films that he's done where his acting suffered quite a bit and his comedic delivery started to be quite boring. After this dreadful film, Eddie Murphy starred in Bowfinger which was great, but really Dr. Doolittle was the one that was one of many misfires to come from the actor. This is a boring, unfunny film that should never have been made. This film doesn't entertain, but it might entertain young kids and families looking for a good time, however this is mostly a moronic remake of a classic film, and everything about the film seems out of place. This is a pointless comedy that should never have been made, and the cast seem bored and the jokes were stale. The film gets tiresome very quickly and you simply want it to end. Eddie Murphy started making crap with this film, and like I previously stated, this was the first many horrible films he would make. I didn't enjoy this film and I thought it was overall very stupid with nothing good to offer. Eddie Murphy was once pretty funny, but with films like this, he shows that he has nothing left to deliver in comedy. After this one, he simply became worse. Avoid this film, and watch one his earlier efforts instead. Better yet, watch an actual funny film. If you're looking for a great comedy, this remake sadly doesn't deliver.
December 11, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

I hate remakes, and this movie is no exception. Murphy takes this whole animal talking power too far. It's just not funny at all.
August 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

A childhood favourite and a classic!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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