Hoot Reviews

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July 23, 2008
Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants.
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.
May 13, 2006
Parents may role their eyes more than once at this flightless film.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 5, 2006
This little caper yarn's as breezy as a Buffett song (he peppers the soundtrack) and as simple.
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.
May 5, 2006
I question the message of Hoot, a family movie that tacitly encourages kids to vandalize property and behave like little ecoterrorists.
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.
May 5, 2006
The movie is unessential at best. But the Everglades -- and the owls that live nearby -- are irresistible.
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.
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.
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.
May 5, 2006
There has to have been a way for Hoot to have preached the gospel of wildness preservation, grabbed a PG rating and still maintained Hiaasen's delirious nastiness.
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