Dolittle

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Not the king of the jungle, but still cute; some peril/guns.

PG 2020 106 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 36 reviews

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Dolittle Movie Review By Logan Strohl

It may not be the Eddie Murphy movies but Dolittle still is good enough to enjoy not the best nor not the worst either.

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age 6+

I didn't think Downey could fail

I've been a Downey fan since the beginning of his career. I could watch anything just to see my beloved RDJ. He is a playful, imaginitive actor and I was so excited to see that in a children's film. Tragically, despite a promising story (Dr. Dolittle must save the queen with the help of his animals) and cast studded with so many of my favorite stars, this movie completely fell flat. Downey seemed to intentionally repress his energy and humor. The set and action clearly intended to be whimsical, and cacophony, manifested into unreadable chaos. It's a shame. This movie had a lot of potential.

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