Hook Reviews

March 26, 2019
A woefully uneven retelling of the ''Peter Pan'' story.
March 26, 2019
For very much like Peter, it has clearly gotten harder for this director to break free of the lure of material things and believe in simple magic.
March 25, 2019
''Hook'' never sets sail.
March 25, 2019
It's a lot of fun to watch - over two hours of thrills, spills, elaborate sets and special effects, all tied together by a pleasingly varied (and lighter than usual) musical score by John Williams.
March 13, 2019
Spielberg's Neverland carries undeniable charm and depth. The problems start when we're asked to accept its two-dimensional residents as anything other than tourists on a forced march through its various nooks and crannies.
September 7, 2011
Young kids will love this stuff. You're always aware of the effects, though, because Spielberg hasn't integrated the matte shots, storybook backgrounds, and other technical devices into the story; they're held up for the audience to ooh and aah over.
March 26, 2009
Despite the cascade of wondrous special effects, massive battles between the kids and pirates and face-offs between Pan and Hook, the film doesn't truly take flight.
October 18, 2008
A good half hour too long, and badly in need of some scares, Hook is a huge party cake of a movie, with too much frosting. After the first delicious bite, sugar shock sets in.
February 9, 2006
The story is largely becalmed so that we can wallow in the production values. The sets are variable but often unpleasant on the eye.
April 8, 2004
May 20, 2003
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 12, 2001
No matter how much cash Hook earns, it will take more than pixie dust to fly this overstuffed package into our dreams.
January 1, 2000
Amid all this flexing of moviemaking muscle, there's possible evidence of uncertainty as well.
January 1, 2000
Big, splashy, energetic, one-size-fits-all Hollywood entertainment.
January 1, 2000
The exposition is so underlined and re-underlined, you could teach yourself to fly waiting for something to happen.
January 1, 2000
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
Hook breaks the cardinal rule of J.M. Barrie's timeless fantasy -- it grows up.
January 1, 2000
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.