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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)
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  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
    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. Jun 6, 2012
    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

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