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Hoot Reviews

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.
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.
May 5, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
May 5, 2006
But while Hoot's pro-environment message to kids is certainly worthy, the unquestioning, pro-vigilante angle doesn't sit entirely well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2006
One wishes that a film about the fight against a bland restaurant chain were more piquant. But movies for tweens, like burrowing owls, are an endangered species that need preservation.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
This little caper yarn's as breezy as a Buffett song (he peppers the soundtrack) and as simple.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2006
The movie has a sense of purpose to match its sense of humor.
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
May 5, 2006
I question the message of Hoot, a family movie that tacitly encourages kids to vandalize property and behave like little ecoterrorists.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Hiaasen's sense of humor loses something in the translation. What's side-splitting on the page becomes silly on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
May 5, 2006
The goal is apparently a double exercise in heartfelt lessons and deep hilarity, but it's hard to tell because the pace feels so lethargic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
Hoot is safe enough to take your kids to, but you might want to have a talk with them afterward about continuing to go to school and shying away from major felonies.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 5, 2006
Its makers will tell you that Hoot is an educational film, but aside from showing that some owls live underground rather than in trees, little knowledge is actually imparted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2006
While Hoot has heart -- subtlety turns out to be endangered.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2006
This is a story about kids and nature, with strong messages about standing up to bullies, facing conflicts and why it is important to stand up for both the people and creatures that need protection.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 5, 2006
Leaden direction sinks this adaptation of Carl Hiaasen's award-winning novel for young adults.
May 5, 2006
Hoot tells kids they can make a difference in this world, and that's worth a hundred Ice Age 2's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
May 4, 2006
The movie treats us as if we're all 3 years old, and it belies its supposedly positive message by filling the story with dysfunctional families and a teenager left alone to forage in the wilderness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2006
Hoot may be warm and fuzzy with its adorable owls, triumphant kids and inviting Florida groves. But its forced, innocuous humor is unlikely to amuse anyone but the very young -- and the extremely forgiving.
May 4, 2006
Shriner's direction has an Afterschool Special blandness, but those mechanical owls are quite realistic.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 4, 2006
Trying to be lighthearted, it turns lightweight and bland.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2006
A modest, lightly comic film that succeeds on sheer good faith.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
May 4, 2006
The movie's low-key anti-establishment posture is vastly preferable to the knee-jerk fulminations of a Michael Moore.
May 4, 2006
Shriner fails to give it any real life, and the twangy, laid-back, Jimmy Buffett-heavy score sums up the film's lack of energy.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 4, 2006
This fun family film, based on Carl Hiaasen's Newbery award-winning book of the same name, has a strong ecological message served with a big helping of giggle-inducing sight gags.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 3, 2006
A blandly generic family film.
May 3, 2006
Long stretches between comic set pieces are almost soporifically mild.
May 3, 2006
Don't let the Carl Hiaasen pedigree fool you: Hoot is an Afterschool Special too crummy to give a hoot about.
Full Review | Original Score: D