Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies (1989)

Harry Hook directed this second screen adaptation of William Golding's cult novel about a group of British schoolchildren who revert to savagery when marooned on a deserted island. The new adaptation replaces British school children… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The symbolism is right up front and unmissable, and the story part -- the events that in theory should cause our throats to tighten and our pulses to quicken -- is pretty lame.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

If the best thing you can say about this adaptation is that the island looks pretty, perhaps we might be better off borrowing a travelogue video from the local library.

J.C. Mašek III

1963's Lord of the Flies was a transcendent experience in accurate filmmaking, 1990's Lord of the Flies is only a movie.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A rousing remake of the classic tale by William Golding about the dark side of human nature

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Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena

O brilhante texto de Golding sobrevive atÚ mesmo aos tropešos da direšŃo insegura de Hook.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

A fine adaptation of the novel. The kids' performances speak measures about human nature.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
did not follow the book plot at all.
KJ Proulx
The movie itself is pretty good, but when associated with the novel, it fails pretty bad. The acting is over the top, even though they are young, and the… More
Kevin M. Williams
instead of proper little english tykes this film substitutes closer-to-home american military school kids, future halliburton wannabes, but there's more… More
Jason Owens
Bleh, just bleh. I loved reading the book in high school and wouldn't mind owning that one day, but this movie I never plan to own.
Luke Baldock
A shockingly terrible adaptation. All of the pieces might be there on screen, but nothing and I mean NOTHING that makes any sense translates onto screen.… More
Curtis Lilly
The book makes this movie shame. Shame on the bottom of shoes.