Columbia Pictures | Release Date: March 16, 1990 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Mixed or average reviews based on 20 Critic Reviews
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As directed by Harry Hook, the new Lord of the Flies offers much spectacle for the eye and almost nothing to keep the mind from wandering.
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Only on that superficial level does this Lord of the Flies fly. [16 Mar 1990, p.G11]
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The Seattle TimesMichael Upchurch
Like its predecessor, this new screen version of the book may work well enough for those happy with a simple story, simply told. But for Golding fans, it can only feel like another opportunity missed. [16 Mar 1990, p.3]
50
Languidly paced and prettily crafted, it's certainly a scenic adaptation of Golding's novel. But while it's been brought up to date, there's certainly nothing new under this tropical sun. [16 Mar 1990, p.B7]
40
Hook is largely failed by his earnest, workmanlike cast of boys who seem painfully aware that Lord of the Flies is an Important Movie. [16 Mar 1990, p.12]