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Hoot Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 4, 2006
The machinations of the evil developers are exceptionally sloppy, and the resolution at the film's end is rather rushed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2006
Hoot has its heart in the right place, but I have been unable to locate its brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 5, 2006
While Hoot has heart -- subtlety turns out to be endangered.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 4, 2006
One more reminder that kids are better off with a book than a middling movie adaptation of a book.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 4, 2006
Of all the attributes that make "Hoot" a terrible movie, it's the soundtrack that's truly bad enough to drive you to Margaritaville.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 5, 2006
The movie is unessential at best. But the Everglades -- and the owls that live nearby -- are irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 23, 2008
Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants.
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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.
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+
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
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 5, 2006
The movie pretends to take a kids' point of view, but it treats kids like idiots.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 5, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 4, 2006
Hoot has a big heart and a generous disposition, but not much wisdom for a movie about owls.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 4, 2006
A cross between the world as kids wish it was and children as their parents would like them to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
May 4, 2006
writer/director Wil Shriner gets so wrapped up in hugging the trees and kissing spotted owls that he forgets to put together an interesting movie that we can enjoy for more than its agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 4, 2006
what environmentalist would put an alligator in a chemically treated port-o-potty?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 4, 2006
Cute baby animals in danger! What's not to love? Unfortunately, quite a bit.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 4, 2006
Based on the Newbery-winning young-adult book by Carl Hiaasen -- the adaptation is rudimentary but generally effective.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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