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Dr. Dolittle

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Released 1999

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Director:
Betty Thomas
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
Successful physician and devoted family man John Dolittle (Eddie Murphy) seems to have the world by the tail, until a long-suppressed talent he possessed as a child - the ability to communicate with animals - is suddenly reawakened with a vengeance! Now every creature within squawking distance wants the good doctor's advice, unleashing an outrageous chain of events that turn his world upside down! Featuring an all-star menagerie of voice talent (including Chris Rock, John Leguizamo, Norm MacDonald, Albert Brooks, Gary Shandling and Ellen DeGeneres), this wild and woolly free-for-all is your prescription for hilarious hijinks and mischievous fun!

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  • 60

    The New York Times

    There is the language to consider, but despite the film's slow start, small children should take to the idea of communicating with animals.

  • 50

    Variety

    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.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A complete waste of time and potential.

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    Comedy, Kids

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    African-American Comedy