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90
Newsweek
Dr. Dolittle is a zoo-and a blast. [6 July 1998, p. 67]
83
Entertainment Weekly
Director Betty Thomas demonstrates her expertise at keeping indulgence at bay in even the coarsest of comic situations.
60
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
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
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
Variety
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
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
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
A complete waste of time and potential.
25
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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