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Hook (1991)

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Critic Consensus: 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 Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter's lost youth and asks him, "Peter, dear, don't you know who you are?" With Peter's children asleep in the same bedroom where the original Peter Pan story began, there is a blinding flash. Peter comes into the room to discover a note from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), informing Peter that he has kidnapped his children. Granny Wendy now tells him who he really is and encourages him to re-discover his happy thoughts, transform himself into the Peter Pan of the past, and go rescue his children. With the encouragement of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), Peter recalls the birth of his son and once again takes wing. Then it's off to Never Land to rescue his kids. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Cast

Robin Williams
as Peter Banning/Peter Pan
Dustin Hoffman
as Capt. James Hook
Julia Roberts
as Tinkerbell
Maggie Smith
as Granny Wendy
Caroline Goodall
as Moira Banning
Charlie Korsmo
as Jack Banning
Amber Scott
as Maggie Banning
Phil Collins
as Insp. Good
Arthur Malet
as Tootles
Raushan Hammond
as Thud Butt
James Madio
as Don't Ask
Thomas Tulak
as Too Small
Bruce Armstrong
as Lost Boy in Play
Adam McNatt
as Lost Boy
Brian Willis
as Lost Boy
Brett Willis
as Lost Boy
Ryan Francis
as Young Peter
Maxwell Hoffman
as Peter (age 5)
Kelly Rowan
as Peter's Mother
Jewel Newlander Hubbard
as Peter Pan in Play
Jeannine Renshaw
as Drama Teacher
Rebecca Hoffman
as Jane in Play
Francesca Serrano
as Lost Boy in Play
Andre Bollinger
as Lost Boy in Play
Bryce Armstrong
as Lost Boy in Play
Alyson Healing
as Lost Boy in Play
Kevin Gasca
as Lost Boy in Play
Lauren Friedler-Gow
as Lost Boy in Play
Margie Takeda
as Lost Boy in Play
Zoe Koehler
as Lost Boy in Play
Wayne Aten
as Umpire
Jake Hoffman
as Little League Player
Don S. Davis
as Dr. Fields
Brenda Isaacs
as Secretary
Jan Cobler
as Secretary
Ruth de Sosa
as Secretary
Stuart White
as Chauffeur
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Young Wendy
Don McLeod
as Mime/Shadow
Kim O'Kelley
as Prostitute
Randi Pareira
as Prostitute
Beverly Polcyn
as Prostitute
Mary Bond Davis
as Prostitute
David Crosby
as Tickles
Nick Tate
as Noodler
Tony Burton
as Bill Jukes
Glenn Close
as Gutless, Pirate
Nick Ullett
as Pirate Jailer
Ray Tveden
as Man in Stands
Kim Robillard
as Toothless Cripple
Michael Runyard
as Screaming Pirate
Gary Epper
as Growling Pirate
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Critic Reviews for Hook

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The exposition is so underlined and re-underlined, you could teach yourself to fly waiting for something to happen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Big, splashy, energetic, one-size-fits-all Hollywood entertainment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

In the end, Hook isn't great or terrible, but it's both - a film that has some wonderful moments, and some really awful ones

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Hook

½

A film solely made for children with very little adult substance to sustain it's tedious 142 minute running time. I will say that Robin Williams and all the kids involved throughout this film are very well-cast and they make the film seem better than it really is. It may have one of the silliest and most unnecessary stories, but the payoff is nice and it makes what was ridiculous worth it in a way. I can neither confirm nor deny whether I liked this film or not, because it had so many elements that I hated, but quite a few that I loved as well. Taking place after the event of the original "Peter Pan" from Disney, "Hook" is all about the remeberance of the character and a revenge story of captain hook. Full of cheese, an uneven script, plot holes galore, and a waste of talent by Steven Spielberg, "Hook" is mediocre at best. However, the score, landscapes, and action scenes are very well-done. I never grew up watching this film, so I do not feel that nostalgic factor that some do, but I completely see why people love this movie.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Wendy Darling: So, Peter, you've become a pirate. "What if Peter Pan grew up?" Hook was one of the many movies I remember vividly from my childhood. It's also one I remember liking a lot more than I do now. The movie is nothing amazing. It's definitely one of Steven Spielberg's weaker movies, but still a fun and entertaining one. The production is pretty large and looks really good, for the most part. How they decided to do the Peter Pan story for Hook is interesting and although it could have been better, I liked it. Peter Banning is a 40 year old lawyer who has no time for his two children, Jack and Maggie. He makes promises to them, but ends up always missing the important moments. Him and his family fly to London to visit Wendy, who is having a ceremony to dedicate an orphanage to her name. Peter remembers her as the lady who found him a family, but Wendy tries to explain to him that he's really Peter Pan. He's forgotten it all, but when his children are stolen from their beds in the night and a letter with a sword through it says Captain Hook; Peter is forced to remember as he is taken to Neverland by Tinkerbell. I like the usage of symbols and foreshadowing in the film. My favorite part of the movie is when the family first arrives at Wendy's house and we get all these little clues from the dialogue. When in Neverland, the movie begins to get extremely silly and maybe to silly for its own good. Hook is a decent family movie. I wish it was as good as I remember it being as I kid, but older eyes show the glaring imperfections. Dustin Hoffman gives a wonderful performance as Hook, which is nice, as the rest of the cast is pretty weak. All in all, it's a worthwhile movie if you like the Peter Pan story, just don't expect anything too amazing.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

The only movie about Peter Pan that I liked.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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