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Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990s sensibility in Hook. Peter Pan has become Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a 40-year-old mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a permanent scowl on his face and a cellular phone in his belt. Banning has lost any memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott). Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter's lost youth and asks him, "Peter, dear,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hook is overwhelmed by a screenplay heavy with complicated exposition, by what are, in effect, big busy nonsinging, nondancing production numbers and some contemporary cant about rearing children and the high price paid for success."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The exposition is so underlined and re-underlined, you could teach yourself to fly waiting for something to happen."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"You just have to appreciate its creative angle toward Peter Pan and his world."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"muddled but fascinating"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"All Spielberg achieved is an impressive production design; in every other department, he's profoundly wasted talent, material, and time."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"No matter how much cash Hook earns, it will take more than pixie dust to fly this overstuffed package into our dreams."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Here we get the uncanny suspicion that Hook was written and directed according to the famous recipe of the country preacher who told the folks what he was going to tell them, told them, and then told them what he had told them."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A clumsy mishmash of a comedy."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Also-ran Spielberg at best, a would-be blockbuster that no one likes at worst."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, PopMatters
"With all the money and talent and hype that went into this film, it should have been a lot better, but it is entertaining enough to rate a passing grade, especially for Robin Williams fans."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Big, splashy, energetic, one-size-fits-all Hollywood entertainment."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"In the end, Hook isn't great or terrible, but it's both - a film that has some wonderful moments, and some really awful ones"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Topless Robot
""Peter Pan" redo has its moments with Hoffman and Williams."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Who wants to spend over two hours with a Peter Pan who screams, 'Don't mess with me, I'm a lawyer!'"
‑ Doug Hennessy, Filmcritic.com
"It should have been great but it just doesn't have enough magic dust to fly."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
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