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Hook Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Peter Pan is the boy who wouldn't grow up, and Hook is the movie that grows unbearable once a grown-up Peter arrives in Neverland with a merciless 90 minutes to go. [11 Dec. 1991, p.1D]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Poignancy. Lessons to be learned. Speeches to be made. Lost marbles to be rediscovered. Tears to be shed. The conclusion of Hook would be embarrassingly excessive even for a movie in which something of substance had gone before.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Like the massive shipboard set that is its centerpiece, the film is huge and impressive - though, again like the captain's imposing vessel, it stubbornly and disappointingly remains at anchor. Hook never sets sail.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Hook is jam-packed with ''entertainment value,'' enough to give you your money's worth, and to guarantee (in all probability) that Spielberg earns his. Yet something has clouded this director's vision... The problem isn't that Spielberg has lost his gift for fantasy. It's that he no longer seems to know (or care) about anything else.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

A clumsy mishmash of a comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the pirates and some situations in this movie may frighten sensitive viewers. Two children are abducted by a villainous storybook pirate and threatened with death. The pirate Hook kills, displays comic suicidal tendencies; tries to seduce children into hating their father.

  • Families can talk about the popularity of Peter Pan.
  • Why is it a classic story?
  • Families may want to use this as an opportunity to introduce the book.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A father yells at his children, breaks promises, puts work before family, but learns the value of his loved ones in the end. The Lost Boys are a racially diverse lot.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Some sword fighting. Hook runs his blade through a valiant young boy, killing him.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: A few isolated instances of mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue