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Dolittle (2020)

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Critic Consensus: 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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After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), 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. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk's Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar (R) winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar (R) winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar (R) winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle's most trusted advisor and confidante.

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Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
as Dr. John Dolittle
Antonio Banderas
as King Rassouli
Michael Sheen
as Dr. Blair Müdfly
Harry Collett
as Tommy Stubbins
Rami Malek
as Chee-Chee
John Cena
as Yoshi
Jim Broadbent
as Lord Thomas Badgley
Jessie Buckley
as Queen Victoria
Kasia Smutniak
as Lily Dolittle
Carmel Laniado
as Lady Rose
Jason Mantzoukas
as James the Dragonfly
Ralph Ineson
as Arnall Stubbins
Joanna Page
as Bethan Stubbins
Sonny Ashbourne Serkis
as Arnall Stubbins Jr.
Oliver Chris
as Sir Gareth
Clive Francis
as Archbishop
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This nothingness doesn't even have the good grace to be a bad movie. The low-point of every single career involved.

February 13, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Dolittle ought to have ... done less.

February 12, 2020 | Rating: 2/5

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.

February 10, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The animals are not funny - not even for younger viewers - or even interesting.

February 7, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The terrible script, the terrible visuals, the dull plot... the fact that at 101 minutes it really tested the patience, it is shockingly poor.

February 7, 2020 | Full Review…

It really is horribly inert, and every time Downey opens his mouth to say something unintelligible, the film dies a bit more.

February 7, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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