Hoot

2006, Adventure/Comedy, 1h 27m

99 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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

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Roy Eberhardt (Logan Lerman) has moved so often he has lost track of how many times he has changed schools. After moving from Montana to Florida's Gulf Coast, he befriends Beatrice (Brie Larson) and her brother. The siblings show Roy their hideaway, where they secretly take care of a flock of wild owls. When they learn that a restaurant will be built where the owls live, the three decide to enlist the help of a local policeman (Luke Wilson) to save the birds.

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Critic Reviews for Hoot

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (73)

  • Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants.

    July 23, 2008
  • Parents may role their eyes more than once at this flightless film.

    May 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants.

    July 23, 2008
  • Parents may role their eyes more than once at this flightless film.

    May 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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
  • The cinematic equivalent to a Jimmy Buffett concert aimed squarely at children and youth.

    September 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.0/4.0 | Full Review…
  • Soporific effort.

    February 29, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hoot

  • Dec 30, 2011
    A good message failed to convey, due to extremely bad acting from everyone, even Luke himself. It's just very boring, nothing exciting happened, Woot is this that I've just watched?
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2011
    This recycled story of animal-loving teens, despite having a literary undertone, is completely uninteresting.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2011
    the most enjoyable and original film for families that leaves an important message you'll be certian of. it's a suprisingly good film with some right moves. funny and enjoyable, you'll be hooting for more. B+
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2011
    Parrot-Heads of the World, unite! Not only does Hoot, the eco-friendly family film from director Will Shriner, incorporate a whole new slate of mellow Jimmy Buffet songs, it also incorporates his even mellower acting chops! The good news: The songs are the best part of this film. The bad news: The songs are not very good. Based on the award-winning children's book, this PG-rated flick follows the new kid in school (Logan Lerman) as he helps his new friends (Brie Larson, Cody Linley) stop a developer from chasing out a family of owls. What worked well on paper doesn't necessarily translate to cinema screens very well, mostly due to the heavy-handedness of Shriner. Yes, TV's Blooper's "Video Vault" guy is still alive. Sadly, however, he should've kept this Afterschool snoozer in the video vault. The movie comes off as slow, cloying, and preachy as a very special episode of Blossom on Valium. Bottom line: Cheese in paradise
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

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