Doctor Dolittle - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Doctor Dolittle Reviews

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Animal-friendly, kid-friendly classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
March 15, 2009
One of the worst films to be ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and one of the weakest Hollywood musicals of the 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
May 12, 2008
Not even a decent performance from Richard Attenborough can save this disappointing production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Richard Luck
May 12, 2008
Doctor Dolittle might be a little woolly at times but it's impossible not to be impressed by Rex Harrison and his marvellous menagerie.

TV Guide
May 12, 2008
Will put the kids to sleep, but may kill you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Variety Staff
May 12, 2008
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 12, 2008
It's so clumsy and pounding that taking a child to it might be grounds for a visit from family services.
Steve Crum
August 14, 2007
Glossy, overlong, but still fun kids' musical with Rex Harrison in good form.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 26, 2006
[It] almost bankrupted the studio when audiences stayed away in droves. In retrospect, it's not hard to see why.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 9, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
December 31, 2004
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Christopher Null
April 17, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 16, 2003
A major factor in the death of the film musical.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
January 22, 2002
Unfortunately -- even as escapist fare -- it's a failure due to its lifeless, meandering plot, and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 45/100
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 9, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 26, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
May 11, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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