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Dr. Dolittle is a zoo-and a blast. [6 July 1998, p. 67]
Director Betty Thomas demonstrates her expertise at keeping indulgence at bay in even the coarsest of comic situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles Times
A complete waste of time and potential.
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.
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