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At Theaters: 1/17/2020 On Video:
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 601488
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria's England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.
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Adventure Comedy Fantasy - This is an effects-heavy adventure/comedy aimed at kids and families. Robert Downey Jr. is the most prominent live action actor, with others such as Antonio Banderas in much smaller roles, and a number of familiar names such Emma Thompson and John Cena only having voice roles. Most parents will find this safe viewing for all kids though some scenes with a dragon may be scary to the very young.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Robert Downey Jr. AVENGERS INFINITY WAR, SPIDER MAN: HOMECOMING
Tom Holland SPIES IN DISGUISE, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
Emma Thompson LAST CHRISTMAS, LATE NIGHT, MISSING LINK
Director: Stephen Gaghan GOLD, SYRIANA, ABANDON
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PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Comic hits and fighting, often involving animals.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Animal chases; cannon fire.
COMEDY: Silly banter, wisecracks, sight gags, slapstick involving animals.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average ...feels like someone tossed a bunch of random scenes into the air, let them fall onto the ground, and then tried to connect up the fragments through weirdly looped dialogue that seems to be emanating from a recording studio halfway across town.

USA Today Full Review
Average For every really cool interaction Downey's hero has with one of his animals as a caring listener, there's either an over-the-top spit take or an eye-rolling cheesy line of dialogue. Instead of being a franchise starter that roars, "Dolittle" simply squeaks by without any real nuance.

NY Post Full Review
Average Dolittle goes on a choppily edited adventure to find an exotic tree with healing properties. None of it makes a ton of sense, but there are some goofy puns and a parade of handsomely animated animals. Their shtick may largely appeal to grown-ups...

Rex Reed Full Review
Below Average If you are somehow able to push beyond its lackluster verbosity and the under-steeped characters--both the human and animal--the film does showcase some compelling visuals.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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