Dr. Dolittle 2 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dr. Dolittle 2 Reviews

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
Murphy, who was upstaged by the talking animals in the original, brings bite as well as bark to the funnier sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 28, 2001
The non-human actors are nothing short of hilarious.
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
June 28, 2001
Pure kiddie matinee stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2001
Like any good vaudeville routine, this one is getting better with practice.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
June 26, 2001
It's dispiriting to watch [Murphy] stand patiently by and concoct reaction shots for quipping raccoons and dancing bears.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 22, 2001
While this Dolittle does too little, it's harmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 22, 2001
Forgotten almost as quickly as it's watched.
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
June 22, 2001
It's silly, but it means well, which is definitely more than can be said about a lot of movies coming out this summer.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
June 22, 2001
Do little says it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 22, 2001
Eddie Murphy goes animal crackers again -- and reminds us how truly funny he can be.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 22, 2001
A fast, fat paycheck for star Eddie Murphy.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 22, 2001
An innocuous -- and disarmingly unpretentious -- family film.
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 22, 2001
Uneven, but good-natured and occasionally very funny.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 22, 2001
Offers benign Darwinian amusement for young animal lovers and parents in search of 90 minutes of air-conditioning.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 22, 2001
The talking animals, a seamless combination of special effects and puppets, delighted the young audience at a preview I attended. Even the adults seemed to be having a good time with Dr. Dolittle 2.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 22, 2001
Aimed even more squarely at the 10 and under set that made the 1998 original a surprise box office smash, this amiable, if uninspired, family outing chucks out much of the gross-out crudity of the first film in favor of cleaner, cuter animal antics.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 22, 2001
Just because the effects are special doesn't mean the movie is, too.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 22, 2001
[Murphy's] performance is a testament to his endless energy, wit and imagination.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 22, 2001
Dr. Dolittle 2 is so full of comic excrement that you may find yourself looking down as you leave the theater.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
June 22, 2001
While it'd be silly to hold a movie like this to too strict a standard, one should expect it to at least respect its own premise.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 22, 2001
A cute, crude and good-hearted movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2001
They should have called it Dr. Doo-Doo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
June 22, 2001
Warmer and fuzzier than the first film, though every bit as tedious.
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
June 21, 2001
For an enterprise so soullessly commercial on its face, Murphy's second outing as the M.D. who talks to the animals is surprisingly engaging.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2001
With the application of more intelligence and a different sensibility, this could have been a good film instead of one that's content with not being a complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 21, 2001
Dr. Dolittle 2 has been worth the wait.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
June 21, 2001
Thanks to the wildlife, this is a well-intentioned and fairly inventive kids' movie.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 21, 2001
Eddie Murphy funny? Not here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 21, 2001
A tired, cobbled-together concoction.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 21, 2001
The absence of a strong plot-related motivation for the movie has led to complete creative bankruptcy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2001
Like most other talking-animal movies, it winds up talking down to its audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 21, 2001
It's not as clever as Shrek or as action-packed as Atlantis, but for my money, Dr. Dolittle 2 wins the prize for most charming kid flick of the summer.
| Original Score: B+