Hoot Synopsis
A youth and his friends fight to protect endangered owls in Florida.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie balances cardboard comic bad-guys with believable teenagers, has the courage to avoid romance, and unlike most Hollywood films...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Fun to watch although falling short of a real hoot, this latest in a barrage of family movies largely succeeds at keeping the kiddies...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Based on the charming young-adult novel by Florida bard Carl Hiaasen, Hoot is a pleasant diversion on the order of a gloriously...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There is nothing objectionable in this family film, but it doesn't seem to appreciate the intelligence and savvy of its youthful audience....
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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,...
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50

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
A filmmaker like John Sayles ("Sunshine State") who shares Hiaasen's issue-conscious outlook might have framed the lesson a bit more...
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The child actors are bland, the adult characters are forced to act like dunderheads to keep the paper-thin plot going, and the...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A blandly generic family film.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Don't let the Carl Hiaasen pedigree fool you: Hoot is an Afterschool Special too crummy to give a hoot about.
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Loved this movie!

By petfan23
This movie was great. I read it for summer reading, then bought after I was done. I was surprised in how much it followed the book. I'd say that if you don't think you'll like the movie, read the...

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By panther96
pretty boring for me, but my 7 year old niece loved it....

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Rated PG | For mild bullying and brief language
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Common Sense Media says Sweet, clumsy family film about saving owls.
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