• 90
    Dr. Dolittle is a zoo-and a blast. [6 July 1998, p. 67]
  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
    Director Betty Thomas demonstrates her expertise at keeping indulgence at bay in even the coarsest of comic situations.
  • 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
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly
    To his credit, Eddie Murphy knows it well enough to deliver a team-playing performance as the critter-phobic physician who reluctantly becomes the Albert Schweitzer of the animal kingdom.
  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide Magazine
    Small children should be delighted by the menagerie of chatty critters, but their parents may be less than thrilled by what the animals have to say.
  • 50
    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.
  • 40
    Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader
    Nat Mauldin and Larry Levin's screenplay, indifferently directed by Betty Thomas, is simply an excuse for tired scatological jokes involving animal characters with the voices of well-known actors.
  • 40
    Peter Rainer Dallas Observer
    It's a kiddie comedy that really shouldn't be on the big screen at all; it has all the creative range of an Afterschool Special.
  • 30
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
    A complete waste of time and potential.
  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
    The animals are cute and Murphy gives a lively performance, but as with his remake of "The Nutty Professor," the original is still the best.