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Awesome: 10.34%
Worth A Look: 18.97%
Pretty Bad: 25.86%
Total Crap: 12.07%

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Dr. Dolittle (1998)
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by Ryan Arthur

"Probably only funny if you're drunk. Or 10. Or both."
2 stars

Family-friendly Eddie Murphy makes me wanna retch. Come on - the guy picked up a trannie, for cryin' out loud. Take into account the fact that family-pleasing Eddie is a fraction as funny as raunchy as hell Eddie, and you'll see that this movie, well, sucks.

So Eddie Murphy plays Doctor Dolittle, and he can talk to the animals. Not everyone knows this, so of course, they all think he's a nutjob. Which he may very well be. As a kid, Doc Dolittle spoke with a dog who sounded like Ellen Degeneres. He grows out of it, then gets banged up in a car accident, and starts to be able to hear animals again. Most of these animals sound like celebrities and comedians (don't confuse the two).

Dolittle starts focusing more on his animal patients rather than humans, and his partner (always dependable Oliver Platt, completely wasted here) gets all in a tizzy, since their practice is in the process of selling out to a big HMO.

Dolittle's family thinks he's as messed up as Martin Lawrence on a busy freeway, so they have him comitted.

Yadda, yadda, yadda. It's a one-joke movie that is only occasionally funny. Murphy is so low key here, because he plays second fiddle to the Jim Henson Creature Shop animatronics and computer generated effects. The voice work of the unseen actors blow Murphy completely out of the water. Murphy never gets the chance to cut loose, and you're not even sure that he wants to.

Play it safe, Eddie, pick up that paycheck.

I hear he's back in top form in Bowfinger. Thank God. Soft 'n cuddly Eddie just ain't cutting it.

Bright spots: Albert Brooks as a neurotic tiger, and Phil Proctor as a monkey with a drinking problem. That's right, a drunk monkey. That's what makes this a two-star flick instead of just a solitary star.

Kids will dig it, since there's plenty of fart jokes. But if it's family entertainment you want, see The Iron Giant.

Hey Kids! See Eddie when he was really funny! Tell your parents to rent Eddie Murphy: Raw for you! Throw in the word "fuck" just to tell 'em you're serious!

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User Comments

8/10/07 M Craven i saw this 8 or 9 years ago and loved it...i watched it last night and it sucked. im 20 now 2 stars
4/21/07 Charles Tatum Pretty lame, mercifully short 2 stars
12/01/06 David Pollastrini too much farting 2 stars
1/03/06 cody cool yet funny flick with eddie as dolittle, the movie funny catch lines, hilarious time 4 stars
11/28/03 Samuel decent 3 stars
3/25/02 Veronica Foxx aka The Raven-Haired Temptress Lame motherfucking "comedy" makes Murphy suck all to hell. I blame the fucking kids for it. 1 stars
12/23/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Funny as "Friday" or "Scary Movie"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
10/01/01 Andrew Carden Stupid, One-Joke Comedy. 2 stars
9/14/01 Butterbean I never thought I would find an Eddie Murphy movie boring! He was so bland here! 2 stars
8/17/01 hilary worth a look 4 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa This is one killer movie. 5 stars
6/11/01 Turtle Pretty funny. 4 stars
11/14/00 The EVIL Penguin Murphy's worst performances 3 stars
9/20/00 Jed Exceptionally funny & good but not quite the best of 1998. 4 stars
4/09/00 Bruce much better than it gets credit for 4 stars
3/18/00 David Rogers It was funny in the theater, but when it came out on video it wasn't funny at all. 2 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski I happened to like it much better than "The Nutty Professor." But that's just me... 5 stars
1/21/00 movieman I liked it 5 stars
1/17/00 Dirk Diggler very,very funny 5 stars
1/12/00 dr.d a good movie 5 stars
1/11/00 dr.d a funny film 5 stars
4/20/99 Tim Loved all the voice cameos. Eddie Murphy did a good job. Funny movie but not in my top 10 4 stars
4/12/99 Alonzo ( At least Raven Simone wasn't as annoying in this as she was on Cosby show 3 stars
3/13/99 Ah Dooey Dasha was right. Not much originality, but a funny movie. 3 stars
1/03/99 Dasha Nothing original, but nice nevertheless. 4 stars
12/24/98 Lou Pine, Jr. Trash. Rent Babe or Paulie. 1 stars
12/20/98 Bats Who on earth was this movie made for? Kids? Adults? Drunk monkeys? 2 stars
12/08/98 Milhouse Faqw Pitiful. 1 stars
11/24/98 Mr.Pink Eddie is the devil incarnate and must be burned at the stake 1 stars
11/22/98 Bic W Too predictable and therefore too long 3 stars
10/24/98 grunter humorous and witty for people raised on the Olsen Twins; fart jokes galore 1 stars
10/20/98 John Lyons Very Funny! 4 stars
9/23/98 Jason Rosenbaum Eddie Murphy has sunk to a new low. Worst movie of the summer. 1 stars
9/20/98 Negative Creep Oz is right. It looks Crap. 2 stars
9/14/98 Chip Taylor All I can say is this ain't no kiddy movie. 3 stars
8/25/98 Puppy78 Norm and Chris Rock, what more do you need? 3 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Can't handle the transvestite-toe-sucker. At all. 1 stars
8/17/98 Pythomas Smart-ass talking animals are always good for a laugh. 4 stars
8/13/98 {{OZ}} Haven't seen it, but I say it looks crap 2 stars
8/13/98 clark it was funny in spots. plus a drunk monkey, you can't beat that. 4 stars
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  26-Jun-1998 (PG-13)
  DVD: 02-Sep-2003


  02-Jul-1998 (PG)

Directed by
  Betty Thomas

Written by
  Nat Mauldin
  Larry Levin

  Eddie Murphy
  Ossie Davis
  Oliver Platt
  Peter Boyle
  Kristen Wilson
  Jeffrey Tambor

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