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Based on 26 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    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. show more

  • 63
    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. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Based on the charming young-adult novel by Florida bard Carl Hiaasen, Hoot is a pleasant diversion on the order of a gloriously photographed after-school special. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    What's subversive about the movie is that it comes off as squeaky-clean, when in fact it's irresponsible. Worse, it's not that interesting. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A blandly generic family film. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie balances cardboard comic bad-guys with believable teenagers, has the courage to avoid romance, and unlike most Hollywood films suggests parents can be helpful and loving as well as clueless. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    The songs take some of the sting out of the numerous scenes involving alligators, snakes, attack dogs and bullies. Yet in their lazy way, they're one more reminder that kids are better off with a book than a middling movie adaptation of a book. show more

  • 50
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    A filmmaker like John Sayles ("Sunshine State") who shares Hiaasen's issue-conscious outlook might have framed the lesson a bit more eloquently. But Shriner blows it. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    The child actors are bland, the adult characters are forced to act like dunderheads to keep the paper-thin plot going, and the generic-sounding Jimmy Buffett songs are just a LITTLE out of sync with the film's target age group. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. Director and screenwriter Wil Shriner is a TV-sitcom veteran (Frasier, Everybody Loves Raymond) whose idea of directing a movie is to make another sitcom, only four times as long. show more

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