Hoot (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 5, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
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Critic Score: 26% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lacking energy and humor, Hoot is a ho-hum story of eco-awareness that falls flat as a pancake.

Dana Stevens
New York Times

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.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Soporific effort.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

But while Hoot's pro-environment message to kids is certainly worthy, the unquestioning, pro-vigilante angle doesn't sit entirely well.

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Tim Grierson
Screen International

Promoting environmental conservation, this bland family film never generates much interest in either its human or animal participants.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

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.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jette Kernion

A safe, slight film that doesn't possess the chaotic hilarity I associate with Carl Hiaasen's best writing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Richard C
it was okay. it wasnt bad but it was great. nothing really amazing or great about it. C
Leigh Ryan
Cute little film.
KJ Proulx
A great film for kids! Mildly recommendable for adults, but jut fine for teens that have nothing better to do! It has heart!
Jeff Boam
Parrot-Heads of the World, unite! Not only does Hoot, the eco-friendly family film from director Will Shriner, incorporate a whole new slate of mellow Jimmy… More
Red Lats
A cheesy kid's movie. Save the owls!
Dannielle Albert
It was more of a kid's movie, but it was alright.