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  • Summary: When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Jun 2, 2013
    80
    It's a lot of fun to watch - over two hours of thrills, spills, elaborate sets and special effects, all tied together by a pleasingly varied (and lighter than usual) musical score by John Williams.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 2, 2013
    75
    Hook never reaches Nirvana. It doesn't grab the audience, fling it into another world and make people forget where they parked their cars. But it does leave the viewer with a glow, and along the way it has magical moments, even if it's not fully magical as a whole. [11 Dec. 1991, p.E1]
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 2, 2013
    67
    Hook is jam-packed with ''entertainment value,'' enough to give you your money's worth, and to guarantee (in all probability) that Spielberg earns his. Yet something has clouded this director's vision... The problem isn't that Spielberg has lost his gift for fantasy. It's that he no longer seems to know (or care) about anything else.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 2, 2013
    50
    Poignancy. Lessons to be learned. Speeches to be made. Lost marbles to be rediscovered. Tears to be shed. The conclusion of Hook would be embarrassingly excessive even for a movie in which something of substance had gone before.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Jun 2, 2013
    50
    Peter Pan is the boy who wouldn't grow up, and Hook is the movie that grows unbearable once a grown-up Peter arrives in Neverland with a merciless 90 minutes to go. [11 Dec. 1991, p.1D]
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Jun 2, 2013
    50
    Like the massive shipboard set that is its centerpiece, the film is huge and impressive - though, again like the captain's imposing vessel, it stubbornly and disappointingly remains at anchor. Hook never sets sail.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Jun 2, 2013
    38
    Hook touches neither fantasy nor soulfulness nor yearning. Mostly, it's benign spectacle in which the actors keep yielding the camera to some expensive playground or other. Hook is neither wistful nor primal. It's film's most expensive wind-up toy. [11 Dec. 1991. p.53]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 16, 2014
    9
    Great film, just watched it again today for the hundredth time it seems.
    Robin Williams great as Peter Pan regaining his form after he "grows
    up".
    Message from the film still applicable today: Be there for your young ones, at all times, especially when they are young. Someday we all grow up, although all to fast it seems. This movie allows you to think like a kid again, when things were simple.
    Music is better than I remember, very upbeat and great accompaniment to action and mood.
    In summary, great for kids and young-at-heart. I still watch this movie every year at least once. Buy it on DVD or Blu-Ray to continue the happy thoughts.
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  2. Aug 13, 2014
    7
    Looking back on Robin Williams career it sure isn't his best film. It's a film that's made for little kids and as an 18 year old one you could say well the entire film is childish, but looking the film like you are 8 years old again gives you the feeling like what happened to me when i was still playing outside. The acting isn't perfect the entire set isn't perfect and it has certain musical feeling to it, although the music is fantastic by John Williams "as always". It gives you this warm feeling of being a little child again and makes you want to believe all the fantasy stories again. Certainly it could have been better, but it could also have been worse. I enjoyed it when i was a little kid and i enjoy even now as a more grown up person and knowing that Robin Williams isn't with us anymore, this sure is a film that will give us great memories about him. Expand
  3. May 22, 2014
    6
    This is probably Spielberg's weakest big-budget film since Empire of the Sun. However I thought it was a lot of fun. It features Robin Williams in top-form and the production design is great. Expand

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