Dr. Dolittle
Dr. Dolittle (1998)

Betty Thomas directed this adaptation of the classic children's stories by Hugh Lofting (1886-1947), updating the original concepts into the present day. When noted surgeon Dr. John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) swerves his car to avoid… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 26, 1998
DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Leonard Klady

Slim on story and rife with scatological jokes, the film may strike a chord with pre-teens but misses for an older crowd despite some nifty effects and broad humor.

Stephanie Zacharek

The old actor's rule -- never work with animals or kids -- has never seemed more apt. The animals steal the scene from Murphy every time, and he gives it up gladly.

Ed Grant
Common Sense Media

This gimmicky animal tale is crude but funny.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Murphy's likeable, the script's laden with a gaggle of one-liners, and there's even a vague message nestling beneath the zoological chaos.

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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle

Dr. Dolittle runs out of ideas long before the projector runs out of film.

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Michael Dequina

Even star Eddie Murphy seems bored.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie will not harm anyone, and in the audience I saw it with, lots of parents and kids seemed to be laughing together.

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James Berardinelli

A cloying, humorless motion picture whose only assets are the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop and a couple of good one-liners by a pair of rodents.

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Jon Popick

It's quite funny for the first thirty minutes, but after that it's kind of like beating a dead horse. A dead talking horse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Hugh Lofting's Dr.Dolittle is really a bad decision to make an adaptation to the cinema. Both the original picture and this remake are a very dumb and… More
Bethany Murphy
A childhood favourite and a classic!
Alex roy
This is yet another awful remake of a classic film. Eddie Murphy plays Dr. Doolittle, and this is one of the films that he's done where his acting suffered… More
Conner Rainwater
Obviously Eddie Murphy was trying to get in on the whole family comedy genre, but this is just more boring than funny. While there's nothing particularly… More
Aj V
I hate remakes, and this movie is no exception. Murphy takes this whole animal talking power too far. It's just not funny at all.
MisterYoda ?
2 stars