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When a Montana boy moves to Florida and unearths a disturbing threat to a local population of endangered owls, three middle-schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops. Determined to protect his new environment, the boy and his friends fight to prevent the adults from making a big mistake.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"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."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"The least irritating adult in sight is also the least relevant: Officer Delinko (amiable Luke Wilson) tries to help the kids."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"But while Hoot's pro-environment message to kids is certainly worthy, the unquestioning, pro-vigilante angle doesn't sit entirely well."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A safe, slight film that doesn't possess the chaotic hilarity I associate with Carl Hiaasen's best writing."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"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?"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"Parents may role their eyes more than once at this flightless film."
‑ Toddy Burton, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Todd Hertz, Christianity Today
"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."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"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."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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