Dolittle Reviews

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February 10, 2020
It's symptomatic of an awkward, unwieldy movie that has lots of material to show you and lots of surface distractions, but nothing at all to say.
February 7, 2020
It really is horribly inert, and every time Downey opens his mouth to say something unintelligible, the film dies a bit more.
January 29, 2020
It is with deep and abiding regret that we report the passing of Robert Downey, Jr. - one of the last of his generation of trailblazers - over to the dark side.
January 28, 2020
Another Doctor Dolittle adaptation, another apology owing to the animal kingdom.
January 25, 2020
Of course, it's just a children's film. But silly plots often are silly because they're taking the cultural path of least resistance...
January 23, 2020
What did everyone think was the good idea here?
January 22, 2020
In a sense, this qualifies as animal cruelty.
January 20, 2020
"Dolittle" is written and directed by "Syriana" writer-director Stephen Gaghan, which doesn't add up at all. Gaghan can do better, Tony Stark can do better, and you can do better as well.
January 18, 2020
Maybe a gorilla has taken over my body, because I thought this was fine.
January 17, 2020
Some people aren't suited for the opportunities that are presented to them, but - at least in its own chimeric way - no one can say that "Dolittle" fails to defy expectations.
January 17, 2020
If the muddled plot and aesthetic chaos of Dolittle leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, seek the antidote - an episode of Planet Earth.
January 16, 2020
A production that achieves the dubious distinction of combining too-muchness with not-enoughness: too much tumult and chaos, not enough dramatic focus; too many animals with clever names spouting glib one-liners, not enough simple human feeling.
Top Critic
January 16, 2020
Dolittle is a not a film. Dolittle is a crime scene in need of forensic analysis. Something happened here. Something terrible. Something inexplicable.
January 16, 2020
Aside from a few broad bouts of animal humor, the whole exercise feels utterly lifeless, and a conspicuous waste of time and, given the special effects, what looks like a ridiculous amount of money.
January 16, 2020
Robert Downey, Jr. talks to the animals and hits a career low in this object lesson in cinematic incoherence that will leave children sad and confused and adults scratching their heads.Come back, 'Cats,' we forgive you.
January 16, 2020
An awful disappointment on all fronts: the dullest version of the material yet.
January 16, 2020
One of the worst cinematic fiascos I've seen in years.
January 16, 2020
Even given his tragic backstory, Downey's doctor evinces little inner life, nor do his relationships with his CGI costars possess much depth. He is truly a man on an island.
January 16, 2020
A big-budget train wreck in which things go so awry that it can't even be said to be strictly for the dogs.
January 16, 2020
Faithfully adapting Dolittle is simply a cursed endeavor.
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