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



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When a Montana boy moves to Florida and unearths a disturbing threat to a local population of endangered owls, three middle-schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops. Determined to protect his new environment, the boy and his friends fight to prevent the adults from making a big mistake.

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Critic Reviews for Hoot

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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
  • 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…
  • 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.

    May 5, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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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.

    May 5, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 5, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hoot

it was okay. it wasnt bad but it was great. nothing really amazing or great about it. C

Richard C
Richard C

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A great film for kids! Mildly recommendable for adults, but jut fine for teens that have nothing better to do! It has heart!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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A cheesy kid's movie. Save the owls!

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Cute little film.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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