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  • Summary: Three middle-schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops in the mystery adventure Hoot based on Carl Hiaasen's Newbery Honor-winning book. (New Line Cinema)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Fun to watch although falling short of a real hoot, this latest in a barrage of family movies largely succeeds at keeping the kiddies entertained and their parents from nodding off.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    There is nothing objectionable in this family film, but it doesn't seem to appreciate the intelligence and savvy of its youthful audience. Kids can spot a silly stereotypical character as fast as the rest of us.
  3. The kids have good chemistry, there's some fun oddball humor stuck in around the slapstick, and the gorgeous photography of the Gulf Coast beaches, waterways and wildlife brings their mission to life.
  4. 50
    The kids Hoot is aimed at weren't around to see all the previous films it echoes, particularly the toothless Disney live-action films of the '70s. They'll probably like Hoot fine. Everyone else in the audience is likely to nod off and have genial, bland, easygoing dreams.
  5. As it is, Hoot doesn't accomplish anything a picture book of the Everglades and a few well-chosen Jimmy Buffett tunes wouldn't do better.
  6. This sweet-natured but plodding adaptation of a young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen could have used a little less broad satire of corporate greed and a few more, well, owls.
  7. It's meant to be funny, but I couldn't help thinking they were figuring out where to plant the pipe bombs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. AshleyeE.
    Oct 3, 2006
    10
    Read the book, it is great.
  2. CathyS.
    May 6, 2006
    10
    Great family film. Heartwarming, Beautiful, Enjoyable.
  3. JessicaA.
    May 16, 2006
    10
    I highly recommend Hoot if you are looking for a good film with a strong message of environmentalism and responsibility for your kids. I took my family to a screening and we had a ball. We had all read the book ( several times) and found the film to be a faithful representation of the book. We loved it! Expand
  4. MarcN.
    May 4, 2006
    8
    There are so many jaded critics out there who demand that films be dark and edgy in order to be considered "good" that it is not surprising that some would not enjoy Hoot. But they lose sight of the fact that Hoot is not aimed at film critics but at families. It was refreshing to see a film that championed kids being kids -- not MTV wannabees. The idea that if we act locally we can make a difference is also a story worth seeing. The acting is spirited, the soundtrack is fun, and kids will enjoy it. Another winner from Walden Media and New Line. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2012
    8
    Having never read the book, I still found this movie enjoyable. Sure, not everything is good (Luke Wilson's portrayal as a hapless cop seems out of place in the movie, and some acting is suspect), but nonetheless, Hoot is a touching, warm-hearted film that everyone should enjoy. Expand
  6. RichR.
    Aug 25, 2006
    8
    Come on people, this is a cute movie. It has all kinds of hilarious jokes embedded in it, and shows off a beautiful, vanishing Florida. I mean, I grew up in LA, so I don't know Florida for beans, but I loved what I saw in this show. What's more, the kids are nice to each other, pretty much. Worth seeing on many levels, yes. Expand
  7. RBrooksC
    Jun 8, 2006
    3
    Any film that show ecoterrorists and no punishment for their ecoterrorism is a failure. It is one thing to teach children responsibility and love for, and care of the enviroment. It is another thing to teach them illegal activities to get what they want. Expand

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