The embargo on reviews of Dolittle, the brand new fantasy adventure starring Robert Downey Jr, continues to be raised, two weeks ahead of its slated release. And as anticipated in situations like this, the responses are overwhelmingly negative.
According to just over 60 reviews up to now, the movie stands in a bad 13 percent score on the inspection aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s consensus reads, “Dolittle might be sufficient to entertain young audiences, but they deserve much better than this rote adaptation’s jumbled narrative and stale humor”
Katie Rife of this AV Club called the movie”A bewildered, sweaty, zigzag way of storytelling, which waves off inconvenient information and waves in lame jokes with an equivalent sense of despair” The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote, “At some stage throughout its troubled gestation, the film once called The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has been renamed Dolittle… it is too bad the remainder of this film could not have been ditched too or at least radically shortened.”
Bilge Ebiri of all Vulture wrote that”I was not anticipating Dolittle to be useful, just, but I was not expecting it to be quite so bad.” The celebrity’s legendary charisma, this project needed, gets tamped down”
Dolittle marks Downey’s first movie post wrapping his longer than the usual decade-long run as Iron Man/Tony Stark at the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie’s creation was marred with regular reports of a mismanaged shoot, and director Stephen Gaghan underprepared and from his depth with funding so big.