Critics Consensus

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

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (73)

  • 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

  • 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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