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Hook (1991)

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31

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 27

The look of Hook is lively indeed but Steven Spielberg directs on autopilot here, giving in too quickly to his sentimental, syrupy qualities.

43

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

The look of Hook is lively indeed but Steven Spielberg directs on autopilot here, giving in too quickly to his sentimental, syrupy qualities.

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Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990s sensibility in Hook. Peter Pan has become Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a 40-year-old mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a permanent scowl on his face and a cellular phone in his belt. Banning has lost any memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott). Peter and his family travel to London to visit

Mar 21, 2000

TriStar Pictures

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Hook is overwhelmed by a screenplay heavy with complicated exposition, by what are, in effect, big busy nonsinging, nondancing production numbers and some contemporary cant about rearing children and the high price paid for success.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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No matter how much cash Hook earns, it will take more than pixie dust to fly this overstuffed package into our dreams.

May 12, 2001 | Comments (14)
Rolling Stone
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Big, splashy, energetic, one-size-fits-all Hollywood entertainment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The exposition is so underlined and re-underlined, you could teach yourself to fly waiting for something to happen.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Here we get the uncanny suspicion that Hook was written and directed according to the famous recipe of the country preacher who told the folks what he was going to tell them, told them, and then told them what he had told them.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (6)
Chicago Sun-Times
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You just have to appreciate its creative angle toward Peter Pan and his world.

May 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A clumsy mishmash of a comedy.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Peter Pan" redo has its moments with Hoffman and Williams.

May 25, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

muddled but fascinating

September 19, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Also-ran Spielberg at best, a would-be blockbuster that no one likes at worst.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Who wants to spend over two hours with a Peter Pan who screams, 'Don't mess with me, I'm a lawyer!'

September 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (8)
Filmcritic.com

All Spielberg achieved is an impressive production design; in every other department, he's profoundly wasted talent, material, and time.

August 17, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

With all the money and talent and hype that went into this film, it should have been a lot better, but it is entertaining enough to rate a passing grade, especially for Robin Williams fans.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

It should have been great but it just doesn't have enough magic dust to fly.

February 7, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Longo e cansativo, "Hook" é a prova de que o nome de Spielberg nem sempre implica em um bom filme de fantasia.

September 18, 2002
Cinema em Cena

Bottom of the barrel Spielbergiana

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Spielberg gives in to his worst tendencies, and turns Peter Pan into a day-glo mess.

August 13, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

One of Spielberg's rare and true misfires. It's weirdly creepy when it's not being bombastically boring.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Hook breaks the cardinal rule of J.M. Barrie's timeless fantasy -- it grows up.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This enormous wheeze comes over like the proverbial movie with a 40 million dollar set and a five cent script, which may hold its interest for under-fives but will leave most others cold.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

The movie is a strong reminder of the freedom of youth and the quest for pure adventure, one that looks to the stars and sees the possibilities are as bright as a child's own imagination.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for Hook

The only movie about Peter Pan that I liked.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Steven Spielberg, what have you done? You've made a fool of everyone.

Okay, maybe it's easy to make a fool of someone as silly as Robin Williams; but Dustin Hoffman? HOOK just isn't worth your time.
October 8, 2011
spielberg00

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In every persons childhood there always was that film you loved above every other, and there has been a few favorite films during your childhood. Hook is not really one of them. I can name a lot of films that I've seen throughout my childhood that are far better than this one. Steven Spielberg's has made one of his weakest films with this film, and though it's entertaining, it doesn't do anything great. I felt that of all the films I've seen throughout my childhood, Hook was one of the few that hasn't stood the test of time. The film, today, unlike many others, doesn't do anything for me. I watched it a while back, and I remember my reaction being something like, "meh, it was decent, doesn't beat other childhood favorites." I felt that idea for the film was pretty good, but there's something that doesn't quite work for me. I personally felt that this was one of Spielberg's weaker efforts, and though it was a creative twist on J.M Barrie's Peter Pan, the result was a decent film that's quite frankly forgettable. I think that this film didn't age, and it looks very dated by today's standards. Julia Roberts is as usual annoying and Dustin Hoffman is really the only good performance of this film. Hook is a decent film for what it is, but its nothing ever truly wonderful. Watch how the character of Peter Pan was created in the far superior Finding Neverland. This is just mildly entertaining.
September 5, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Jack Banning: BANG! BANG!
    2. Peter Banning/Peter Pan: Look, everybody just SHUT UP!
    3. Jack Banning: I'm sorry.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (15 months ago)
    1. Jack Banning: Dad, I want to go home.
    2. Captain James Hook: What are you talking about? You are home.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (15 months ago)
    1. Screaming Pirate: Wait! Ain't you-
    2. Peter Banning/Peter Pan: Peter Pan!
    3. Screaming Pirate: AAAAARRGHH! [jumps out of window]
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (22 months ago)
    1. Captain James Hook: MY JACK!
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (22 months ago)
    1. Captain James Hook: No stopping me this time, Smee. This is it. Don't make a move Smee, not a step. My finger's on the trigger. Don't try to stop me, Smee.
    2. Smee: Oh, not again.
    3. Captain James Hook: This is it. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't you dare try to stop me this time, Smee, try to stop me. Smee, you'd better get up off your ass. Get over here, Smee!
    – Submitted by Sarah M (23 months ago)
    1. Rufio: You are a fart factory.
    – Submitted by Andrew K (2 years ago)
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