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The worst thing about Robert Downey Jr’s incomprehensibly Welsh Dolittle? It can’t even commit to being bad

In a sense, Dolittle is a coup in that it is both silly and yet bizarrely joyless—dragon anus scene included

By Caspar Salmon  

Robert Downey Jr in Doolittle.

At a certain point during Dolittle my appreciation of Robert Downey Jr’s performance in the lead role tipped from bafflement and despair into genuine concern for him as a person. Eventually, it became hard to watch him playing a man so detached from civilised society that he could only communicate to beasts in a series of grunts and squawks, and not draw disturbing conclusions about the actor himself. For Robert Downey Jr conducts himself, throughout this movie, exactly in the manner of a man…

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