Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Rex Harrison, although not at all like the portly man described in Hugh Lofting's charming series of children's stories, is sheer perfection as the kindly animal doctor in Leslie Bricusse's musical fantasy Doctor Dolittle.… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: December 19, 1967
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Not even a decent performance from Richard Attenborough can save this disappointing production.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's so clumsy and pounding that taking a child to it might be grounds for a visit from family services.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Animal-friendly, kid-friendly classic.

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Richard Luck

Doctor Dolittle might be a little woolly at times but it's impossible not to be impressed by Rex Harrison and his marvellous menagerie.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

[It] almost bankrupted the studio when audiences stayed away in droves. In retrospect, it's not hard to see why.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the worst films to be ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and one of the weakest Hollywood musicals of the 1960s.

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TV Guide

Will put the kids to sleep, but may kill you.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Soooo very bad. No need to schedule an appointment for that lobotomy you've been dying for, because here's one provided.
Lady D'arbanville
A long film that drags slightly, but Rex Harrison and his famous speaking singing voice take us into a make believe job with a fun adventure to follow. Whilst… More
Phil Hubbs
Yes that's right kids, that hideous Eddie Murphy movie is actually based on a very famous set of children's novels by Hugh Lofting and before the… More
Jennifer D
I kinda forgot how LONG this movie is. Some annoyingly catchy songs, but ultimately very dated.
Jennifer Xu
Just as bad and boring as Mark Harris's Pictures at a Revolution makes it out to be.
Wahida K
This was cute one in its own way but I rather stuck on Eddie Murphy as Doctor DoLittle