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About the Movie
A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, HOOK stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who must convince the middle-aged lawyer, Peter Banning, that he was once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew, with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, of friendship, and of magic. A classic tale updated for children of all ages, HOOK was nominated for five 1991 Academy Awards(r) including best visual effects.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 40
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 28
- Average Rating: 4.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Hook is overwhelmed by a screenplay heavy with complicated exposition, by what are, in effect, big busy nonsinging, nondancing production numbers and some contemporary cant about rearing children and the high price paid for success.
Rotten: No matter how much cash Hook earns, it will take more than pixie dust to fly this overstuffed package into our dreams.
Rotten: The exposition is so underlined and re-underlined, you could teach yourself to fly waiting for something to happen.
Rotten: Here we get the uncanny suspicion that Hook was written and directed according to the famous recipe of the country preacher who told the folks what he was going to tell them, told them, and then told them what he had told them.
They should have a kids' Tomatometer, because clearly none of the critics saw this movie as a child. Either that, or they forgot how fun it was to watch a food fight with colorful imaginary food, and how cool Rufio was with his skateboarder punk rock style.
This is a great movie for kids who love imaginary places and a fun twist on the Peter Pan story which we all know so well. Let the target audience of this movie be heard, not stuffy pretentious critics!
Hook is a nostalgic classic in despite of what critics say.
This movie confirms that the tomatometer truly does not know jack from crack. Hook tells a tale of Peter Pan grown up into a successful lawyer with his past in Neverland repressed. His Lost Boys have found a replacement in punk rocker motif Rufio who is as protective as can be amongst his own. Hook has grown bored and wants a final showdown against Pan, and what better way to get back at an old nemesis than to kidnap his offspring. Filled with nostalgia, laughs, action, visual spectacles, a hot younger Julia Roberts and so much innocent imagination as Peter must remember who he really is, and where he came from in order to find peace with himself and his children as well as win them back. Hook does have some cheesy and screwball moments, but it adds to light heartedness of this already beautifully told movie. No movie is perfect, and I don't expect this one to be. If a critic considers this to be a piece of trash, then they don't understand cinema or film making enough to be reviewing it (which is why they're not making movies themselves). Seriously don't we normally know a critic to praise a long artsy movie no matter how boring, poorly received, poorly delivered and hardly relevant it is? Hook can be a little lengthy, but every moment adds to the mood and character of each individual throughout. This is a classic to behold and tells a message to never let go of who you are, or what makes you great.
Celebrating RW tonight RIP
This was one of my favorite films of Robin Williams, and as a movie growing up. Thanks for the wonderful story going back to neverland. Hoffman was amazing in this. And I love anything with Maggie Smith. 5 Academy Award nominations well-deserved.
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- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1991
- © 1991 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.