Hoot Reviews

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Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
May 6, 2006
The reason that this film is evil is that it goes into the mind of a terrorist and then says: "Cool!!!!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
May 6, 2006
The young actors are convincing enough, but the adult characters are so stereotypical, the script so pedestrian that adult viewers are likely to ponder an early escape.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 5, 2006
It's family-friendly, eco-friendly and puppydog-friendly ... [but] so mild and sluggish it may put viewers pleasantly to sleep.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
May 5, 2006
Unrelentingly sweet, and dull as driftwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 5, 2006
Jimmy Buffet may be known for his Hawaiian shirts, but there's something undeniably plaid about Hoot.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
May 5, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 5, 2006
The child actors are bland, the adult characters are forced to act like dunderheads to keep the paper-thin plot going, and the generic-sounding Jimmy Buffett songs are just a little out of sync with the film's target age group.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
May 5, 2006
...the cute kiddie version of an environmental protest song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 5, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 5, 2006
But while Hoot's pro-environment message to kids is certainly worthy, the unquestioning, pro-vigilante angle doesn't sit entirely well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
May 5, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 5, 2006
The new movie has some of Hiaasen's anti-development vinegar, yet given the milkshake spin of a family-time teen picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
May 5, 2006
While the Peter Pan figure is a staple of kids' literature and film, Hoot lacks the attendant sense of fantasy to pull this character off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
May 5, 2006
It feels a little churlish to pan an environmentally friendly film that presents kids taking a courageous stand, but Hoot is disappointingly lackluster from start to finish.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 5, 2006
One wishes that a film about the fight against a bland restaurant chain were more piquant. But movies for tweens, like burrowing owls, are an endangered species that need preservation.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 5, 2006
It's wholesome, righteous, but not exceptionally entertaining, even with the soundtrack packed with new Jimmy Buffett tunes.
| Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 5, 2006
This little caper yarn's as breezy as a Buffett song (he peppers the soundtrack) and as simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Russell
Oregonian
May 5, 2006
The errant subplots go nowhere. The movie has an episodic TV quality so pronounced, I kept expecting commercial breaks.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 5, 2006
The movie has a sense of purpose to match its sense of humor.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 5, 2006
The movie pretends to take a kids' point of view, but it treats kids like idiots.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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