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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. Reviewed by: Suzanne O'Connor
    60
    There is the language to consider, but despite the film's slow start, small children should take to the idea of communicating with animals.
  4. 50
    Dr. Dolittle does do a lot of stuff right. [ 26 June 1998, p. 12 E]
  5. The talented Murphy is appealing here, performing with sincerity and restraint - a wise choice, since his co-stars are a menagerie of wisecracking animals.
  6. 40
    It's a kiddie comedy that really shouldn't be on the big screen at all; it has all the creative range of an Afterschool Special.
  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: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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. Mar 29, 2015
    7
    Wildly of laughs on animals that Eddie Murphy has the ability to communicate with. Not as noble or feel-good as Babe but its own level just asWildly of laughs on animals that Eddie Murphy has the ability to communicate with. Not as noble or feel-good as Babe but its own level just as amazing that the filmmakers could pull this off as well as they do. This film is truly for the entire family. Expand
  4. 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
  5. 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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