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Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 62

Although there are laughs to be had in Dr. Dolittle 2, its preoccupation with toilet humor and Murphy's restrained performance makes this a missed opportunity.


Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 17

Although there are laughs to be had in Dr. Dolittle 2, its preoccupation with toilet humor and Murphy's restrained performance makes this a missed opportunity.



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Eddie Murphy returns as a doctor with a gift for talking to animals in this sequel to a box-office blockbuster. Murphy is John Dolittle, who this time around attempts to save an endangered Pacific forest from lumber industry forces by reintegrating an endangered species of bear back into the wild. Unfortunately, Dolittle's candidate is a performing bear (voice of Steve Zahn) with a taste for junk food and no natural skills in the wild. If Dolittle is going to save the species and its habitat, he


Comedy, Kids & Family

Larry Levin

Oct 23, 2001


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Murphy, who was upstaged by the talking animals in the original, brings bite as well as bark to the funnier sequel.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The non-human actors are nothing short of hilarious.

June 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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Pure kiddie matinee stuff.

June 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Like any good vaudeville routine, this one is getting better with practice.

June 27, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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It's dispiriting to watch [Murphy] stand patiently by and concoct reaction shots for quipping raccoons and dancing bears.

June 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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While this Dolittle does too little, it's harmless.

June 22, 2001 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Animal-vet antics a la Murphy; some potty humor.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Often tedious, occasionally cheap looking and always unimaginative, this should certainly put paid to any plans for a third installment. But, this being Hollywood, I wouldn't bank on it.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

The script is lackluster and unambitious. Well, lame really. Eddie Murphy is truly the only reason to see DR2.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Delivers an adequate number of laughs at the start and finish, with a noticeable sag in the middle.

November 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

It does what it does well enough.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

This more civilized Dr. Dolittle may be less zany than he used to be, but at least you can take the kids to see this one.

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

The movie that the first one should have been.

July 9, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Murphy has reached a genuine low point. It's a thoroughly insipid, feeble-minded film that all but screams, 'We're only in it for the money.'

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Hardly ever elevates its humor beyond the mindset of a 10 year old.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Certainly the special effects, designed by the wizards at Rhythm and Hues, reach a new plateau of believability for talking-animal CGI.

October 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Better than the first one thanks to a funnier cast of animals, including a mob style animal group headed by the Godbeaver and Joey the Raccoon.

September 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

A likeable, sporadically funny movie that will satisfy the less demanding tot.

August 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Genial but feeble follow-up to the 1998 hit.

August 2, 2001 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Dr. Dolittle 2's plot is wooden, its pacing leaden, and anyone over the age of 12 is bound to find themselves yawning soon after the opening credits.

July 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The kind of film that children may find amusing but their parents will wish that they didn't.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source:

If you thought Murphy's recent movies have been increasingly bland, this is certainly more of the same.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Historia totalmente intrascendente y sin gracia...

July 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

A raucous sequel to the 1998 comic blockbuster giving special attention to the antics of a whole menagerie of animals.

July 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This sequel tries to get by with easy to devise, recycled humor.

July 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for Dr. Dolittle 2

Funny. But not neccisarily the best of Eddie Murphy's work. A good comedy at best! Not great.
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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I don't believe that make a continuation.
May 27, 2011
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I actually felt that this sequel was a small improvement on the original!
January 11, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Not as much good as the Prequel one.
December 10, 2009
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