Dolittle (2020) - Adventure, Comedy, Family

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A physician who can talk to animals embarks on an adventure to find a legendary island with a young apprentice and a crew of strange pets.

IMDB: 5.6
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas
Length: 101 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 90 out of 679 found boring (13.25%)

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Entertaining for kids and adults

Just boring as simple as, as bore it gets lol, even after couple drinks still oh lord get it over with already

Seeing them get a kick out of it, was more entertaining than the movie itself.

Unfortunately, the film comes across as a messy stand-alone change between these films, which is more entertaining for young viewers.

Very entertaining!

Dolittle is filled with adventure, loveable animal characters and a straight to the point storyline that is simple, enjoyable and family friendly.

If you must see it, don't waste a lot of money, see it on DVD.

Let say first thing this movie is so so boring.

If you can manage to do that, then what you will find here is a perfectly enjoyable "Narnia"-esque family adventure film with Robert Downey Jnr.

Its hilarious and definitely worth the watch!!

From the surprisingly awful performance from Robert Downey Jr. to one of the most shockingly terrible climaxes in the history of cinema, Stephen Gaghan delivers a structure-less screenplay, filled with nonsensical narrative decisions, and featuring an extremely dull adventure.

Great movie to relax instead of exciting .

Still worth the watch mostly to entertain the kids.

Not a classic by any stretch, but an enjoyable couple of hours for the kids.

I didn't find the plot, the story or the acting to be enjoyable.

This was a fun, and often funny movie with heart and I - and my adult friends who saw it with me - really enjoyed it.

Marvel fanbois are trying hard to save their favourite rdj's new film by dishing out fake 10 star reviews here but i don't think it'll be enough, the film disappoints you at every level even if you decide to leave your brains at home, the tone is wacky and the script is silly, the film never takes off despite having some big names, downey is a misfit and fails to impress you, in then end you leave the theatre feeling disappointed, there's absolutely no reason to watch this even if you're a big downey fan, save your money and watch something else instead

It's a gift for future contestants on "Pointless"!

All of the other characters present are dull and obnoxious.

Don't waste your money .

With that being said, the movie honestly feels like it dragged a lot.

The new version of Dolittle is more entertaining for little young viewers.

I went with a ten year old who enjoyed it, though I probably enjoyed it even more than she did.

Acting is very good, plot is imaginative and action packed.

Every turn was predictable leaving me wanting for much more.

Walked out of the theater 20min In....

So bad, boring, bad acting .

"Dolittle" is such a bore.

Furthermore, I believe that there were not may efforts put in this movie, you can easily believe what I,m saying by a simple look to the costume or the visual effects, but it is even more appearing when you watch the movie and notice all those cliché that they made.

This is a funny and entertaining movie for children and adults.

My 9yr old daughter enjoyed it very much and found it funny and entertaining.

This is easily the worst movie of 2020.

Story is quite predictable, at least not boring.

Based on the Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, the story is very intriguing and exotic.

The 5 of us in 3 generations went to see Doctor Dolittle today and completely enjoyed it from start to finish.

The whole family enjoyed it!

I'm not even sure kids will enjoy this.. It seems made for kids but has all the elements it a "stoner" movie.. Dull cast, boring voice overs and overused fart jokes.. Slow plot and overall very forgettable!

His way of talking, Welsh or English (whatever), was very monotone and bugged me the whole time.

Great way to spend a dreary winter day.

Robert Downey Jr. starts his post-MCU career with one of the worst movies of 2020.

I found Dolittle to be enjoyable,adventurous and entertaining.

In fact, I kind of admire it and mostly enjoyed it.

His backstory that was explained away would've made for a much more engaging premise, so I felt slightly annoyed that the best stuff was left out.

It was meant to be one of the worst movies of the year, and it undoubtedly accomplished this goal.

I feel this movie made us very happy and comfortable, but if you are expecting special effects, or something can make you feel very exciting, maybe you won't like it.

The latter is expected, the former is unexpected.

Entertaining and FUN, worth a second showing.

Waste of time .

There are no jokes for adults, yet when we get to the end of the movie there is a scene that might be a little intense for really young viewers.

Entertaining .

Probably the worst movie Robert Downey Junior's ever been in, that I know of anyway.

Do not get me started on RDJ's accent, it's confusing, it's fake sounding, it's awful.

Bored to freaking death!

I realise this is a children's film but even the kids in the cinema were bored.

Enjoyable for all ages.

Dr. Dolittle movies with Eddie Murphy was more fun and entertaining than this.

It's just too long and boring and there are too few quality jokes.

Acting was incredibly lackluster, the story was disjointed and badly written, and overly silly.

Littered with terrible jokes, the charm of a duck with schizophrenia and deserves to be called the first WORST movie of 2020.

I really like Robert Downey Jr, however If I had to listen to his monotone, not very good Welsh accent any longer I would have gone mad.

Bland and devoid of emotive content, his lines simply brought no life to the film.

Movie is enjoyable only for once, although ending could have been better.

I enjoyed it and was not at all sorry for the money or the time.

No plot, no story, no logic and absolutely non sense.

The film is all around lifeless and boring.

Well worth watching.

Its brilliantly entertaining my 4 year old loves it and can follow the plot which is why I cant understand why it is confusing some adults!!

So many emotions, acting everything were good messages were nice and a great movie Very enjoyable Need more

This is the most boring, poorly acted, poorly written, atrocious movie I've had the displeasure of watching in the theater.

I am really disappointed with this movie It has no story and really bad acting like if the cast wanted to finish it as quickly as possible

just enjoyed and entertaining.

I enjoyed it.

And everything is very banal.

Most enjoyable film in a while.

My family enjoyed it very much.

Boring .

Enjoyable .

Some confusion .

However, this is a kid's movie -- the performances are delightful for the target audience and even enjoyable as an adult.

Overall, Dolittle takes an impressive cast and completely wastes them on a soulless, boring, unfunny, and unappealing film.

That said it was entertaining even if the story is a bit simple and cheesy.

A message that is muddled and confusing mixed with not so interesting human characters and we get: Dolittle.

It felt slow and rushed all at the same time.

It's a kids movie but I enjoyed it.

Also I think they'd be bored with the grownup talk.

After a slow slow beginning and Downey sporting an accent that hinders understanding, this film becomes a colorful adventure .

Don't waste your time!

We also very much enjoyed the unexpected twist at the end.

For adults and kids alike it's just boring, boring, boring, waiting for the fun to start, which never happens.

It's pointless.

Very entertaining movie, I'll watch it again.

Entertaining enough .

Every scene appears to have been designed with humour and I quite enjoyed it.

Thoroughly enjoyable film .

Sure, you could criticize some of the humor, but it's meant to be entertaining to children and it's exactly the kind of stuff they find funny.

And the animals were so entertaining and funny!

It is not the best movie in the world, it might not be too deep about its meaning, but we all left the theater with a nice feeling.

This is a very nice, kind, witty, and entertaining movie.

Odd but enjoyable .

The Squirrel (Craig Robinson) made me laugh by saying the most unexpected thing given his situation from one specific scene lol.

Extra Information - The main plot of find the cure and going to adventure is okay, however the story lacks in term of did not explain more in depth about the cure as the information seems too simple, also did not explain why he is an famous doctor as queen only chose him to find the cure, also some scene there is lot's of silly stuff, the animals are doing which seems the movie is dragging too much for audience to stay to watch this movie for 1 hour and a half, however the actors did okay for this movie and the animal looks were okay, but I wished they could have told you more about of how do little met his wife, anyway, this does not matter, also, few dialogue of this movie seems confusing as well.

Robert Downey Jr & Antonio Banderas First time onscreen presence was enjoyable.

I sleep during the third part of the movie, its so boring.

Bored .

Some good jokes..good cast and overall enjoyable.

It's funny, it's exciting and it's 1hr 41mins of pure entertainment for children and adults alike.

Enjoyed it .

The children really enjoyed it but did get bored in places.

Dolittle has it's problems, a couple of the jokes aren't funny, some of it's incredible cast are wasted in one note performances and the CG has brief moments of looking poor (although the CG is still great overall) but it's still a really fun adventure that's fun, funny and fast paced.

My kids really enjoyed it and we thought it was a good family film with a good message.

Surely Dr Dolittle should be a fun character and not a boring, miserable, pretentious one?

But the whole story very predictable and boring at times.

I'm rating six cause my wife stayed and this was her rating, however I had to leave and watch something else it was boring to me and Roberts character was not like able to me...

Saying that this movie is a cliche is an understatement, in fact, there is not a single thing that makes it original, and the whole movie felt like I've seen it 100 times before.

Overall very entertaining, I'll watch it again.

The acting in the film is often overdramatic, or simply problematic, and in return is one of the reasons why the film seems lazily contrived.

One of the worst movies I've ever watched .

The visuals and setting were fantastic but the story was very weak and the abrupt ending was quite simply boring.

Well that was an enjoyable time with my 10 and 13 year old boys.

It's just boring.

This is a kids movie but i can't see a kid finding this movie good, it was boring.

Pointless .

Children might find it funny purely because of the talking animals, but adults will be thoroughly bored, i know i was after 30 mins.

Yet, despite that, I did find that this film turned out to be rather dull.

The bottom line: Don't waste your time or money going to see this.

The plot is banal and very similar to a fairy tale.

Seeing Robert Downey Jr. in this role was pretty odd, but it was entertaining nonetheless, even for a young adult like myself.

But I really enjoyed it!

The premise of the film sees an eccentric doctor who can talk to animals dragged on a journey by a young boy in order to save a persons life.

Entertaining rating would be around a 7.5/10 for me, so I recommend it for sure.

All other voice performances are also quite bland, and even other big celebrities that get a chance to shine as something other than an animal, are quite silly to watch.

Shake it all up and edit it out into a 100 minutes plus of mildly entertaining drivel that cost 175 million dollars to create.

Just watched this movie ONLY because of RD J, crappy story line, waste of time, he shouldn't do this movie.

This movie is perfect and entertaining for families who are big fans of talking animals.

We had to say goodbye to Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, but now he brings another entertaining character to life.

This film is very cliche and the story goes almost exactly where you would expect it to go, and is a perfect January movie release, as I watched I almost felt as though I was watching a Disney Channel movie.

The film has a problem with its story and sticking to all many contrived parts of it.

This is a very boring and childish movie.

Three of four of us fell asleep .

Rushed, boring .

Thing is, there have been a lot of kids movies in recent years that are enjoyable for kids and adults alike.

There is a difference between a plot having predictability because of bad writing, and being predictable due to the genre.

Waste of money.

I put it on for my kids to watch and I'm the one who watched it and really enjoyed it and when I realised that Robert Downey jr was using a Welsh accent I was blown away because he chose to use a Welsh accent and I'm very proud of him for doing so and Michael Sheen plus Joan Page in it

Yes, the journey itself and the animals (which all look incredibly fake by the way) will provide some eye candy for young kids, but the premise will bore them to no end.

it's one of the worst movies of the year, without a single doubt.

I just found the film a fun enjoyable, uplifting film to watch.

Not bad, enjoyed it .

I enjoyed it as much as the 5 year old!

Wrong choice of actor that make the show boring and dull.

In a time of predictable, formulated movies Dolittle is a refreshing story with an incredible message regarding the power of empathy, encouragement and kindness.

It is Forgettable and a complete waste of anyone's money.

Pointless and boring movie .

Started out very good but mid point turned very boring

Insulting, boring, flawed by design .

Unless your have kids, don't waste your money on this one.

Save your money.

Your 3-8year-old will probably enjoy the animal escapades but many pre-teens/teens will be bored In My Humble Opinion.

But for the children it's certainly a nice and entertaining movie for a rainy day.

I did find it an enjoyable movie.

Boring bummer .

Dolittle is enjoyable family movie .

Boring .

With a surprising amount of big names it was just fun to see everyone interact with each other in entertaining and funny ways and there was no weak links everyone had great comedic moments and enthusiasm.

And sadly, it was very predictable.

Make the film unwatchable!

I enjoyed it.

This film is a waste of money, time and cellluloid .

An Enjoyable Watch for Anyone .

I was bored out of my mind while watching this.

Overall enjoyable and pretty forgettable.

I feel the film rushed too many scenes that would have actually been enjoyable to watch in favour of non-important dialogue.

The worst thing about this wannabe family favourite is the fact that it's not even so bad its good like Cats now infamous midnight screenings attest to, as Dolittle is instead just endlessly uninteresting, lame and sad in the way in which its clearly hating it lead and collection of side characters and voice actors are wasted in a big budget affair that should've been able to deliver something a lot more entertaining than it managed to do with this final offering.

Thoroughly enjoyable laugh out loud moments .

Normally on movies, where there are boring or slow parts, I get up and do something during that period.

I won't necessarily say because it is aimed at the kids, I just found that the whole story was just rather dry and well worn.

My family really enjoyed it.

Fantastical, colorful, and entertaining.

As a whole it's a Messy, disjointed Edition of dolittle that turns even worse with sloppy editing and poorer execution in lesser experienced hands.

The promotion for this film has been incredible, and I'm going to give this a 10/10 because IT'S A KIDS MOVIES AIMED AT KIDS but I still enjoyed it.

And honestly, the entire movie is just plain boring, which you think would be hard to do since there are talking animals, pirates, and freakin' Robert Downey Jr!!!

Worst movie I've ever seen .

Excellent, Entertaining Movie.

And boring for the adults.

Entertaining, but by all means extremely messy and illy contrived .

There were some kids sat directly in front of me, aged between 4-10 and they really enjoyed it.

I would recommend it to anyone wanting to see a normal fun entertaining movie.

Few can measure up to his natural charm and charisma and yet the execution of such a beloved character - Dolittle - was bland and uninspiring.

The Kids Enjoyed It .

The, actors looked bored and just said their lines, no chemistry between RDJ and any of the cast which is odd to say the least.

Otherwise it was a fun entertaining movie.

I really enjoyed it.

Colourful and enjoyable.

The story is so flat and boring, the CGI is bad.

I laughed out loud more than once, and Robert Downey Jr. is always enjoyable.

I really liked the first, Eddie Murphy's, one but this is slow, not funny, lean, boring, over acted, nonsense story, DISAPPOINTING in every posible way.

Actually it is somewhat unfathomable that a storyline and script can become so dull and generic with 5 people writing.

But this film has a very predictable and boring plot, there are no curveballs and no interesting plot twists to invest the viewer and is just a simple journey to watch.

In fact, I found that this film was rather dull and boring.

This has no plot, no moral advice, nothing.

Otherwise it was entertaining of sorts.

Bemused that this was an entertaining little picture.

I thought that it was fun and at times exciting as a family friendly film of this caliber should.

This movie couldn't decide what it was trying to do, and if I had seen it as a kid, I would have enjoyed it.

The films plot while simple, was pretty flat & dull.

It feels just pointless and a retread of other films, only good bit is Selena Gomez boobs aan legs

This was a visually stunning movie and the costumes and design of the animals are spot on, and so beautifully done.

Entertaining family movie..well worth a watch .

The IMDb rating seems a bit low, this is a very well-made and entertaining movie, with A-list actors, even those who voice animated characters.

Therefore, families, stick with it during the slow opening until they all go aboard!

A good voice cast support the star in this enjoyable family adventure film.

The film was truly visually stunning.

The performances and voice talent were all tedious and boring.

So boring!

Fun and entertaining .

A thoroughly enjoyable family movie.

However Many intense and scary scenes right after they set off on the boat voyage, being attacked by cannons of the larger ship.

Enjoyable Family Fun .

I Quite Enjoyed It .

I'd put it on in the background to keep any particularly dull animal company while you're out of the house

A sorrowful waste of talent, money and material, Stephan Gaghan's high-profile misfire is unlikely to ever find many outside of Britney Spears who glowingly endorse it as a fun family entertainment.

What a total bummer this movie was, a complete waste of time and money.

Perhaps people expected the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" to be exciting, and that's why they hate this one.

I fell asleep because everything is predictable even the jokes are not even funny.

But the movie had a massive shortcoming in terms of a mundane and downright mediocre script from writers Stephen Gaghan, Dan Gregor, Doug Mand, Chris McKay and Thomas Shepherd.

As a adult I enjoyed it despite the messiness of the scenes.

The bad: RDJ's confusing Welsh accent.

In my opinion, this movie does its work: it is funny, entertaining and also has very nice special effects.


Highly entertaining, despite Robert Downey Junior .

Thoroughly enjoyed this action packed and funny film, so did my 7, 9 and 11 year olds.

A totally bland, predictable addition to the bargain bin.

While "Dolittle" definitely is a visually nice movie to look at, then it was lacking and haltering abysmally in terms of a compelling storyline and characters with depths and personalities.

In many ways, Gaghan's dull and lifeless computer generated centric adventure makes Eddie Murphy's late 90's and early 2000's Dr. Dolittle offerings appear to be minor masterpieces of family entertainment, as he and his lead actor get lost amongst a boorish plot filled with tasteless jokes, that somehow required 5 able minded screenwriters to come up with.

However, terrible dialogues, and worse acting makes the movie a waste of time.

All the characters are instantly forgettable, boring and unfunny, I really didn't care about any of them, we'll expect for one or two, John Dolittle himself is just a very unlikeable, goofy and charmless character, I get he's the one who is more of a animal people who is lonely and dosen't want to be friends with the apprentice, but he's just any other character who has all those cliches, even if he starts to warm up to the kid, he is still kind of weird and really goofy, as for Stubbins, he is really just there to help out, which also doesn't help since he doesn't do that much and he is quite annoying and quite bland, Lady Rose I thought would have more screen time with Stubbins as a love interest, but they barely does anything and just looks after the Queen and her chemistry with Stubbins just comes out of nowhere, the animals that join Dolittle are equally obnoxious, Jip (Tom Holland), Yoshi (John Cena), Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani), Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer) and Kevin (Craig Robertson) are just annoying and so unfunny with their personality and modern references, although I didn't mind Chi-Chi (Rami Malek), he did kind of make me smirk a little, but not by much, the only character that was mildly enjoyable with Müdfly, he's just a bizarre a terrible villain, but at least he's entertaining thanks to Michael Sheen, as for the acting....

The pacing in this movie also is just so slow the movie feels like it's dragging on at some scenes.

The plot is dull.

It's all round just an enjoyable movie.

And I enjoyed it as well...

Sure, this movie is a family movie, entertaining and enjoyable for the youngsters.

Worst movie I've seen in a while.

However, once you get used to the peculiar things this movie offers, and accept them for how they are, you will find the movie quite enjoyable.

Instead, itas very enjoyable and engaging.

Instead of being an entertaining and fun adventure, it's an incredibly boring, nonsensical, structure-less journey into one of the most ridiculous third acts of cinema.

It could have used a little tighter editing, but overall was enjoyable.

So it's Sunday night, there's a storm outside, I'm bored from doing nothing all day.

This movie is a criminal waste of all the talent and money poured in.

But, overall, this is an enjoyable picture.

My family really enjoyed it.

Disregard the haters, this is an enjoyable (for all ages!

Great set of actors making a truly enjoyable movie, very funny.

I enjoyed it very much.

Again, there wasn't anything particularly terrible about the storyline, but it was extremely generic and painfully predictable.

There's a certain wit and charm that he brings to his roles that I find very entertaining.

It makes the predictable error of overloading on CGI and might have been better served as an animated Disney movie.

Poor story, uninspiring performance and bad CGI.

Its boring linear adventure.

Pedestrian and plodding .

Shallow, contrived and a missed opportunity to be a decent movie.

Very exciting .

Entertaining .

I was more taken in by his charisma and ability to keep the film entertaining and fun.

It had a weak and predictable storyline.

Great entertaining movie especially for the kids!!.

It's an enjoyable film for all the ages.

Boring, uninspired and just terrible in the general sense.

This whole experience was merely a waste of time for everyone involved, nothing more, nothing less.

It was delightful, imaginative and enjoyable to watch.

If you think this movie was boring or terrible you have no imagination and your inner child is dead old and grumpy.

Supporting Characters Out Of all the animals there was really only one I grew to really like and that was Rami Malek as the Gorilla Chee - Chee, he was very loveable and charming and I actually enjoyed watching his character develop throughout the film, it was probably the most enjoyable part of the film.

"This movie was charming and hilarious and I seriously enjoyed it.

Why is this so boring .

CGI heavy movie featuring base level humour, I laughed a few times but found really boring, though the 9 year-old granddaughter liked it.

This movie is fast paced, interesting and just down right fun!

This movie has some problems with its pacing, where it takes forever for the ball to finally roll, and even then it leaves the second act slow as well with a rushed third act.

It was charming and the cinematography was stunning.

Rating this movie 1 star is stating, "This is one of the worst movies ever made.

With no coherent plot or consistent theme, this film fails to be an entertaining comedy, adventure, or family film.

The script jumped around too much and felt disjointed.

This is an entertaining film, not a masterpiece.

There are solid family values throughout the film and the animals are fun and engaging.

I found it enjoyable and it is fresh storytelling.

I think kids are loving this movie, driving repeat viewings and unexpected word of mouth.

This is amongst the top 10 waste of time movies.

It's painfully boring to sit through and the type of humor in the film is simply just insulting to its audience both young and old.

Dolittle is a boring, predictable movie that is thankfully only an hour and fourty minutes long.

Like I said the plot is fairly predictable, so if you are a teen/adult you will find the story itself to be pretty dull and repetitive.

An enjoyable movie for once, NO animals get killed

I can't say that it really impressed me, it's just a mildly entertaining kids movie.

In this iteration, Queen Victoria is seriously ill and "Dolittle" is dragged from a self-imposed retirement to travel to the ends of the earth - aided by his gang of animal allies and "Stubbins" (Harry Collett) a young lad who accidentally shot a squirrel whilst aiming at some ducks - to find a rare fruit to cure her.

Stephen Gaghan has packed the film with stunning scenery, and plenty of action and fun that kids should enjoy.

One of the worst movies I've ever watched .

We all left the theater with smiles on our faces.

take your kids to see sonic, that at least has a cohesive script which is more than i can say about this waste of time

I guess it's fine for little kids, the kids in the theater enjoyed it just fine and if you enjoyed it, good for you, but if you're an adult looking for a good time, I suggest you stay far away from this animal !

It's brilliant m, fun and entertaining and if your Welsh too .

Only 90mins long yet somehow manages to feel both rushed and boring.

Its a family entertaining movie, probably the bad reviews came from avengers fan who couldn't move away from tony stark death and expecting this as a replacement.

It's a GO for me because it's worth watching on the big screen.

I've even herd people claiming this is the worst movie ever made?

I feel this movie made us very happy and comfortable, if you like X-Man, Star Wars, and you are expecting special effects, or something can make you feel very exciting, maybe you won't like it.

Considering it's a character from children's books, I must say "Dolittle" follows the same line and ends up being a totally enjoyable film.

After losing his wife several years ago and locking himself away from the world, he is drawn back out again when he is called to help the Queen.

Not a movie I enjoyed one bit but sat through it cuz of the kids, they really enjoyed it.

This is the most boring, poorly acted, poorly written, atrocious movie I've had the displeasure of watching in the theater.

The 5 year old boy and 3 year old girl got bored after twenty minutes.

It's simply entertaining.