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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Dolittle ought to have ... done less.
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.
It really is horribly inert, and every time Downey opens his mouth to say something unintelligible, the film dies a bit more.
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.
How does director Stephen Gaghan go from making the gripping political thriller Syriana to this?
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