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  • Summary: Eddie Murphy stars as a veterinarian who talks to the animals and can hear them talk back.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Veronica Chambers
    90
    Dr. Dolittle is a zoo-and a blast. [6 July 1998, p. 67]
  2. 75
    Too many adults have a tendency to confuse bad taste with evil influences; it's hard for them to see that the activities in "Doctor Dolittle,'' while rude and vulgar, are not violent or anti-social. The movie will not harm anyone.
  3. 60
    Isn't as sharp or consistent as Murphy's "The Nutty Professor," but it's an amusing, lightweight diversion.
  4. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    50
    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.
  5. Given a choice between the puerile but essentially innocent whimsy of Dr. Dolittle and the dimwitted nastiness of, say, "Dirty Work," parents should be grateful for the Eddie Murphys and Jim Carreys of the world for at least providing a kinder, gentler option.
  6. 40
    Nat Mauldin and Larry Levin's screenplay, indifferently directed by Betty Thomas, is simply an excuse for tired scatological jokes involving animal characters with the voices of well-known actors.
  7. Reviewed by: Anthony Miele
    20
    The humor is boring and in most spots inappropriate for children.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. lynda
    Oct 21, 2005
    9
    Great family film.
  2. Jul 3, 2013
    8
    You're gonna have a lot fun with Eddie Murphy in this movie if you haven' seen it! Great acting and likable story, i'm giving it a 7.5/10,You're gonna have a lot fun with Eddie Murphy in this movie if you haven' seen it! Great acting and likable story, i'm giving it a 7.5/10, with the Metacritic system 8/10 Expand
  3. JayH.
    Jun 25, 2009
    5
    The weak plot is uplifted by some rather clever animal effects. It has it's funny moments, but there are as many misses as hits. The weak plot is uplifted by some rather clever animal effects. It has it's funny moments, but there are as many misses as hits. Overall, it's slightly above average. Eddie Murphy is surprisingly bland. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2013
    5
    Not a very good movie: just an average Eddie Murphy comedy. Not that funny, just amusing. Not very interesting, just yawn-worthy. You can seeNot a very good movie: just an average Eddie Murphy comedy. Not that funny, just amusing. Not very interesting, just yawn-worthy. You can see where I'm going with this. Expand

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