Dolittle

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  • Dolittle may be enough to entertain very young viewers, but they deserve better than this rote adaptation's jumbled story and stale humor.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Dolittle ought to have ... done less.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It's symptomatic of an awkward, unwieldy movie that has lots of material to show you and lots of surface distractions, but nothing at all to say.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    It really is horribly inert, and every time Downey opens his mouth to say something unintelligible, the film dies a bit more.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    The chaotic cutting and framing of almost every scene suggests an enormous amount of Downey Jr's dialogue was re-recorded after the shoot: tellingly, the actor is rarely facing the camera while speaking, and often isn't even on screen.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    How does director Stephen Gaghan go from making the gripping political thriller Syriana to this?
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    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    It is with deep and abiding regret that we report the passing of Robert Downey, Jr. - one of the last of his generation of trailblazers - over to the dark side.
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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines IA)
    What should have been a magical and epic adventure ends up shipwrecked by a rushed script and flat comedy with an over-reliance on fart jokes and anachronistic dialogue.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    Dolittle announces itself as an adventure comedy, yet the adventure is nascent and the comedy is tedious.
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    Tessa SmithMama's Geeky
    Dolittle is slow, predictable, and RDJ is extremely hard to understand. But kids will love the potty humor and talking animals, so there is that.
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    Casey ChongCasey's Movie Mania
    Other than the promising storybook-like animated prologue narrated by Emma Thompson, who voiced Polynesia the parrot, the rest of the movie quickly nosedives and barely recovers.
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