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Hoot (2006)



Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 71

Lacking energy and humor, Hoot is a ho-hum story of eco-awareness that falls flat as a pancake.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 24

Lacking energy and humor, Hoot is a ho-hum story of eco-awareness that falls flat as a pancake.



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Movie Info

When a Montana boy moves to Florida and unearths a disturbing threat to a local population of endangered owls, three middle-schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops. Determined to protect his new environment, the boy and his friends fight to prevent the adults from making a big mistake.


Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Wil Shriner, Carl Hiaasen, Rob Lieber

Aug 15, 2006


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All Critics (100) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (71) | DVD (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. The critters peep from their burrows for only a few brief moments.

May 13, 2006
New York Times
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It would be a nice little family film if not for the fact that the young heroes commit felonies in the name of saving the environment.

May 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Endangered as they are, burrowing owls will be disappointed to learn that their cause has been hitched to a movie with little entertainment value, let alone credible strategies to save their environment.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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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.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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But while Hoot's pro-environment message to kids is certainly worthy, the unquestioning, pro-vigilante angle doesn't sit entirely well.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily

A safe, slight film that doesn't possess the chaotic hilarity I associate with Carl Hiaasen's best writing.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

The only highlight is a sequence of outstanding cinematography in Florida's Everglades. Oh, and there's one funny joke. But that doesn't make this film a hoot at all.

September 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

It's hard to hate a movie that essentially just wants to teach kids to respect the environment especially when that lesson is imparted in such an upbeat manner. But Hoot is also too bland and clumsy to wholeheartedly embrace.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Hoot in retrospect won't really offer your children anything they haven't already seen, and it's just another preachy environmental film that talks down to them. Have you seen Akeelah and the Bee?

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The most important thing to that it's co-produced by Jimmy Buffett, who also appears in a small role and provides new music for the soundtrack.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The least irritating adult in sight is also the least relevant: Officer Delinko (amiable Luke Wilson) tries to help the kids.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Parents may role their eyes more than once at this flightless film.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Younger kids will find the pranks and schemes funny, while the enviro-activist theme is an important message to which they may just latch on. The eco-responsibility part, not the venomous snake part, one hopes.

May 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

An environmentally conscious Newbery Honor novel has been turned into a disappointing and uninspired movie.

May 12, 2006 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

The three leads are likable, but they can't overcome a slapdash story or some wild overacting by the likes of Luke Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson, Neil Flynn and Clark Gregg.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's hard to give a hoot about Roy or any of his furtive feathered friends when they're surrounded by a nest of dreary cliches.

May 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Gets points for sweetness and a nice message, but that's all, folks

May 9, 2006 Full Review

Shriner just doesn't have the skills yet to turn lightweight scuffle into heavyweight preaching without bringing down the whole production.

May 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

The owls are awfully cute. The eco message is awfully sincere. Beyond that, you probably won't give much of a "Hoot" about this mediocre family movie.

May 8, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Holes, Because of Winn-Dixie and now, Hoot. Since we don't really have after school TV specials anymore, these kid novels-turned-hokey movies seem to be fitting the bill.

May 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

I can't image any kid getting excited by this eco-friendly kiddie-empowerment flick

May 7, 2006 Full Review

A cute movie with good characters, a message about saving the environment, and still enjoyable. Better than the usual drek they try to pass off as fun family entertainment.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for Hoot

A rarely decent family film based on an award-winning kids' novel. [FULL REVIEW: LATER.]
October 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

it was okay. it wasnt bad but it was great. nothing really amazing or great about it. C
July 30, 2010

Super Reviewer

A great film for kids! Mildly recommendable for adults, but jut fine for teens that have nothing better to do! It has heart!
April 28, 2010
KJ Proulx

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A cheesy kid's movie. Save the owls!
September 11, 2007

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