Hoot

Hoot

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Hoot Reviews

Dana Stevens
New York Times
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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
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

May 8, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 6, 2006
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2006
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

May 5, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This little caper yarn's as breezy as a Buffett song (he peppers the soundtrack) and as simple.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie has a sense of purpose to match its sense of humor.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

May 5, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The movie pretends to take a kids' point of view, but it treats kids like idiots.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

May 5, 2006
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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I question the message of Hoot, a family movie that tacitly encourages kids to vandalize property and behave like little ecoterrorists.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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Hiaasen's sense of humor loses something in the translation. What's side-splitting on the page becomes silly on the screen.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The movie is unessential at best. But the Everglades -- and the owls that live nearby -- are irresistible.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The goal is apparently a double exercise in heartfelt lessons and deep hilarity, but it's hard to tell because the pace feels so lethargic.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Hoot is safe enough to take your kids to, but you might want to have a talk with them afterward about continuing to go to school and shying away from major felonies.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

May 5, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Its makers will tell you that Hoot is an educational film, but aside from showing that some owls live underground rather than in trees, little knowledge is actually imparted.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

May 5, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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While Hoot has heart -- subtlety turns out to be endangered.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 5, 2006
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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This is a story about kids and nature, with strong messages about standing up to bullies, facing conflicts and why it is important to stand up for both the people and creatures that need protection.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

May 5, 2006
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Leaden direction sinks this adaptation of Carl Hiaasen's award-winning novel for young adults.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 5, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Hoot tells kids they can make a difference in this world, and that's worth a hundred Ice Age 2's.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 5, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Hoot has its heart in the right place, but I have been unable to locate its brain.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 5, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The movie treats us as if we're all 3 years old, and it belies its supposedly positive message by filling the story with dysfunctional families and a teenager left alone to forage in the wilderness.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Hoot may be warm and fuzzy with its adorable owls, triumphant kids and inviting Florida groves. But its forced, innocuous humor is unlikely to amuse anyone but the very young -- and the extremely forgiving.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 4, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Shriner's direction has an Afterschool Special blandness, but those mechanical owls are quite realistic.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

May 4, 2006
David Germain
Associated Press
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Trying to be lighthearted, it turns lightweight and bland.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A modest, lightly comic film that succeeds on sheer good faith.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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One more reminder that kids are better off with a book than a middling movie adaptation of a book.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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The movie's low-key anti-establishment posture is vastly preferable to the knee-jerk fulminations of a Michael Moore.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 4, 2006
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Shriner fails to give it any real life, and the twangy, laid-back, Jimmy Buffett-heavy score sums up the film's lack of energy.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 4, 2006
Cathy Hulbert
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This fun family film, based on Carl Hiaasen's Newbery award-winning book of the same name, has a strong ecological message served with a big helping of giggle-inducing sight gags.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

May 4, 2006
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A blandly generic family film.

May 3, 2006
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Long stretches between comic set pieces are almost soporifically mild.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 3, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Don't let the Carl Hiaasen pedigree fool you: Hoot is an Afterschool Special too crummy to give a hoot about.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

May 3, 2006
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