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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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The movie balances cardboard comic bad-guys with believable teenagers, has the courage to avoid romance, and unlike most Hollywood films suggests parents can be helpful and loving as well as clueless.
  2. Based on the charming young-adult novel by Florida bard Carl Hiaasen, Hoot is a pleasant diversion on the order of a gloriously photographed after-school special.
  3. Shriner's direction has an Afterschool Special blandness, but those mechanical owls are quite realistic. While the film was in production Hiaasen said that he had "nightmare visions of the gopher in 'Caddyshack.' " He needn't have worried.
  4. 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.
  5. The goal is apparently a double exercise in heartfelt lessons and deep hilarity, but it's hard to tell because the pace feels so lethargic. Director and screenwriter Wil Shriner is a TV-sitcom veteran (Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond) whose idea of directing a movie is to make another sitcom, only four times as long.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    Squeaky-clean, family-friendly opus.
  7. Don't let the Carl Hiaasen pedigree fool you: Hoot is an Afterschool Special too crummy to give a hoot about.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  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 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 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 seemsHaving 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 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 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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