Dolittle

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  • 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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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Dolittle ought to have ... done less.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    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.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    It really is horribly inert, and every time Downey opens his mouth to say something unintelligible, the film dies a bit more.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    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.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    How does director Stephen Gaghan go from making the gripping political thriller Syriana to this?
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    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    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.
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    Daniel BarnesDare Daniel
    A spectacularly ugly exercise in focus-groupthink that tries to please everyone, and thus inevitably pleases no one.
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    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    His beloved Tony Stark sarcasm is nowhere to be found, nor is it replaced by a Robin Williams zaniness or a Gene Wilder twinkle in the eye. Instead, he collects a paycheck like a disinterested Johnny Depp, mumbling in a weird accent that's hard to hear.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Dolittle isn't a terrible film. It's just a terribly generic film in an era when we've been bombarded with kids-oriented movies that have talking animals.
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    Allen AlmacharThe MacGuffin
    How does one find inspiration to review a movie that lacks ambition to be anything more than just "okay?"
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