Columbia Pictures | Release Date: March 16, 1990 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Mixed or average reviews based on 20 Critic Reviews
Positive:
7
Mixed:
10
Negative:
3
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75
Hook's cast is admirably adept at getting across what little boys are made of. [22 Mar 1990]
75
This new film version of Lord of the Flies is far from a disgrace. It may not hit a home run, but it doesn't strike out, either. [16 Mar 1990, p.5]
75
San Francisco ChronicleJudy Stone
Without straining to emphasize the underlying parable, director Harry Hook has brought off a corking adventure that grips the imagination from start to finish. [16 Mar 1990, p.E3]
63
Like the earlier film version, this one often exchanges the dark poetry of Golding's writing for action and connect-the-dots social anthropology, but it's crisp, taut and involving nonetheless. [16 Mar 1990, p.39]
63
Chicago TribuneJohanna Steinmetz
The tale, while oversimplified, is told with visual style, particularly in the use of the boys' dream sequences, having to do with rescue and the comfort of adult authority. [16 Mar 1990, p.F]
63
Flies II improves as it progresses, especially in the surreal, fireswept climax. But overall, it seems like an afterthought. [16 Mar 1990, p.4D]