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Dolittle (2020)



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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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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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…

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…

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.

February 6, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

How does director Stephen Gaghan go from making the gripping political thriller Syriana to this?

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

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.

January 28, 2020 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

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