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Hoot Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 29, 2016
Soporific effort.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tim Grierson
Screendaily
July 23, 2008
Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants.
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
April 8, 2007
A safe, slight film that doesn't possess the chaotic hilarity I associate with Carl Hiaasen's best writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
The only highlight is a sequence of outstanding cinematography in Florida's Everglades. Oh, and there's one funny joke. But that doesn't make this film a hoot at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
July 13, 2006
It's hard to hate a movie that essentially just wants to teach kids to respect the environment especially when that lesson is imparted in such an upbeat manner. But Hoot is also too bland and clumsy to wholeheartedly embrace.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
May 23, 2006
Hoot in retrospect won't really offer your children anything they haven't already seen, and it's just another preachy environmental film that talks down to them. Have you seen Akeelah and the Bee?
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 19, 2006
The most important thing to know...is that it's co-produced by Jimmy Buffett, who also appears in a small role and provides new music for the soundtrack.
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
May 13, 2006
The least irritating adult in sight is also the least relevant: Officer Delinko (amiable Luke Wilson) tries to help the kids.
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
May 13, 2006
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.
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
May 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Toddy Burton
Austin Chronicle
May 13, 2006
Parents may role their eyes more than once at this flightless film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 12, 2006
An environmentally conscious Newbery Honor novel has been turned into a disappointing and uninspired movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The three leads are likable, but they can't overcome a slapdash story or some wild overacting by the likes of Luke Wilson, Tim Blake Nelson, Neil Flynn and Clark Gregg.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
May 11, 2006
It's hard to give a hoot about Roy or any of his furtive feathered friends when they're surrounded by a nest of dreary cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
May 9, 2006
Gets points for sweetness and a nice message, but that's all, folks
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
May 8, 2006
Shriner just doesn't have the skills yet to turn lightweight scuffle into heavyweight preaching without bringing down the whole production.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 8, 2006
The owls are awfully cute. The eco message is awfully sincere. Beyond that, you probably won't give much of a "Hoot" about this mediocre family movie.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 8, 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.
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
May 8, 2006
Holes, Because of Winn-Dixie and now, Hoot. Since we don't really have after school TV specials anymore, these kid novels-turned-hokey movies seem to be fitting the bill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
May 7, 2006
I can't image any kid getting excited by this eco-friendly kiddie-empowerment flick
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
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