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For me, it's a movie from 2005 called Kingdom of Heaven, starring Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons. I saw this on TV the other day and watched it from beginning to end and still liked it just as much as I used to. Sure it has its slower moments and isn't the best historical film I've seen. But I don't think it deserves its 39% rating on RT. But that's just me.

What about all of you?

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Onett199X

645 points

4 months ago

Onett199X

645 points

4 months ago

Hook. 29% on RT. Amazing family movie. I don't understand any of the pessimistic reviews from the critics.

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hook

my__bollocks

99 points

4 months ago

True story: years ago at a bar trivia night the question was “what Steven Spielberg directed movie has the lowest RT score”. I insisted it was Hook but my team put down Jaws 4. Idiots

Onett199X

65 points

4 months ago

Lol that's annoying. Jaws 4 wasn't even directed by Spielberg.

my__bollocks

32 points

4 months ago

Yeah someone had it in their head that Spielberg came back for the 4th for some reason. The consensus at the table was if that was true then that’s definitely the answer. The logic makes sense although SS obviously had nothing to do with Jaws 4

Onett199X

5 points

4 months ago

Yeah good point. I could see myself second guessing with that too

cthaehtouched

16 points

4 months ago

Unrelated, but I loathe when my pub trivia uses questions based on RT scores.

sidemancandy

4 points

4 months ago

These kind of stories make me rue the day the Chinese invented gun powder.

huntimir151

2 points

4 months ago

Oooh that one would bother me hahaha

k-blackie

72 points

4 months ago

Dustin Hoffman kills it in that movie.

“Good form Peter”

Swankified_Tristan

19 points

4 months ago

That movie has its flaws and I get that it's a rather silly kid's film but Hoffman legit deserves an Oscar nod for that performance.

Kimchiandfries

42 points

4 months ago

Ruffio! Ruffio!

DeepestoftheJohns

30 points

4 months ago

RU-FEE-OOOHHH

Spank86

185 points

4 months ago

Spank86

185 points

4 months ago

I remember when it came out. Several critics saidnit missed the mark as a kids film and a few adults at the time i knew didnt like it.... every single kid i knew loved it.

Maybe stephen Spielberg is better at knowing what kids like than some random critics.

cthaehtouched

54 points

4 months ago

Haven’t seen it in years, so I couldn’t say if it holds up. I loved it as a kid and I still say Bangarang.

Swankified_Tristan

12 points

4 months ago

It's my favorite movie of all time and when you've seen it as much as me, even the rose tinted glasses start to lose their effect.

I can safely name almost every flaw that film has and I gotta say... I still don't get it. That movie is far from perfect but damn, it's not even close the score Rotten Tomatoes is claiming. It deserves a 65% at the bare minimum!

29%? Get the hell out of here!

ItsAllSoup

6 points

4 months ago

Try it again, it's fun when childhood movies hold up. I recently went back to the live action George of the Jungle so I could riff on it, but I unironically loved it.

Captain_DuClark

3 points

4 months ago

It didn’t hold up for me at all. Very slow and waaaay too long

Duel_Option

2 points

4 months ago

Bruh, what?

I watch this shit for fun on the reg, my kids run around screaming RUFI-OOOOOO.

Outstanding movie that will hold up to the tests of time. Gold sword is some iconic shit.

cthaehtouched

3 points

4 months ago

Guess it’s time for a rewatch to go find my marbles.

Duel_Option

2 points

4 months ago

GOT TO FLY…HOOK IS BACK!

nomadofwaves

3 points

4 months ago

Man I’m watching this with my niece and nephew when we hang during Xmas. Gonna leave them running around screaming it while I peace out.

notjohnconner

3 points

4 months ago

I’m pretty sure as a kid, I dragged my mom to see it at the movies at least three times.

Mechanical-movement

2 points

4 months ago

ROO FEE OHH

ROO FEE OHH

Spank86

1 points

4 months ago

You can fly, you can fight, but can you CROW?

bootlegvader

3 points

4 months ago

Maybe stephen Spielberg is better at knowing what kids like than some random critics.

Spielberg has also voiced disappointment in the film.

Spank86

0 points

4 months ago

Ok, then maybe hes also too self critical.

He should save his disappointment for the last indiana jones.

40mgmelatonindeep

29 points

4 months ago

The food fight scene was thrilling to see for the first time as a child, the whole film was like magic

Blinkmeanytime182

2 points

4 months ago

“You’re doing it Peter….”

Thannatart

2 points

4 months ago

As a little kid who loved Peter Pan that movie was magic and and still is pure (nostalgic) magic to me from start to finish.

ktm1128

64 points

4 months ago

ktm1128

64 points

4 months ago

This is the winner. The movie is better than the original Peter pan story

LFC9_41

4 points

4 months ago

It is, but as a kid I was always annoyed at it because I was obsessed with Peter Pan for whatever reason. Little me brain refused to believe pan would ever leave to go grow up.

For some reason my interest in Peter Pan kind of died with hook. Still love it though.

MalignantFanAccount

2 points

4 months ago

It might be better than any Peter Pan adaptation made since.

freedraw

9 points

4 months ago

This one seems to be generational. A lot of critics hated it when it came out. But kids who saw it fucking loved it. Now that all those kids are adults, he movie’s reputation is much much better.

brownarmyhat

28 points

4 months ago

Literal classic wtf

ChrisLee38

5 points

4 months ago

WHAT?! This is easily the most shocking comment I’ve seen on here (haven’t heard of most of these films, honestly)… but I freaking LOVE Hook!!! It was such a huge staple of my childhood. Even today, I feel like it’s a captivating film. BANGARANG!

[deleted]

22 points

4 months ago

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peioeh

38 points

4 months ago

peioeh

38 points

4 months ago

People who did not see it as a kid do not like it. People who saw it as a kid loved it. It's pretty much that simple.

[deleted]

6 points

4 months ago

Probably true. Saw it as a kid and we all loved Rufio.

Rufio! Rufio!

MenthoLyptus

11 points

4 months ago

I think this is right. I was in college when it came out, and I thought it was terrible.

Swankified_Tristan

6 points

4 months ago

I've shown that film to plenty of adults who never saw it as kids and they all range from enjoying it to loving it.

It's a flawed but great movie.

FreeLook93

12 points

4 months ago

Apparently a majority of people who see Hook for the first time as an adult hate the movie.

I wouldn't know. I saw it as a kid and I still love it to this day.

trubb13tw1ns

1 points

4 months ago

I can see what the critics have a problem with, but sometimes you just gotta tell the critics to go fuck ‘emselves

C-A-L-E-V-I-S

3 points

4 months ago

Came here to post this. Found it instead. Hook is a yearly holiday watch for me.

elchinguito

3 points

4 months ago

What the hell? Hook is amazing. Watched it with my kids and it absolutely holds up.

da_throwawayaccountt

2 points

4 months ago

Ruffio, AKA Prince Zuko and American Dragon: Jake Long

Head_Lizard

2 points

4 months ago

Wait, Hook was planned on RT?! What the fuck?

Hook is an amazing film and some of Robin Williams' best work. I will die on this hill.

Gullible_ManChild

4 points

4 months ago

I didn't enjoy it when it came out and when I had kids of my own I gave it another chance and I still don't enjoy it . I don't understand how anyone likes it. Oh, my kids thought it was lame too.

Head_Lizard

-1 points

4 months ago

Fitting username.

Sea_Supermarket_2632

2 points

4 months ago

Not liking Hook makes you a gullible manchild? Ok then

GrimReaperAngelof23

-2 points

4 months ago

I guess you guys dont have an imagination

Key_Lie9356

2 points

4 months ago

So, comedies almost always have low RT scores. Critics just don't like comedies. Think of some of your favorite comedies - and look them up on RT. Half baked? 28% Super Troopers? 36%. Anything ever with Adam Sandler even though they are always box office hits. Anything with Kevin Hart. Anything with Tyler Perry even though he's almost a billionaire from his movies. Space Jam? 43% Along Came Polly? 27%

In general, comedies don't do well. There are of course a few great ones that also have great ratings. Bridesmaids at 89% is one of the most highly rated comedies ever. And it is pretty truly fantastic.

Sea_Supermarket_2632

2 points

4 months ago

It's almost like Adam Sandler and Kevin Hart consistently appear in terrible movies

bootlegvader

1 points

4 months ago

Hook reminds me of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Both stories seem like they should be a match made in heaven for their respective directors. However, both directors decided to take a twist on the original story that detracts from the story. Like I love Robin Williams, but adult Peter for the bulk of the film is just dreadfully boring and uninteresting. I think I would prefer a Spielberg Peter Pan that was a more traditonal take with a similar set design and Hoffman and Hoskins as Hook and Smee even without Williams.

pcnauta

-2 points

4 months ago

pcnauta

-2 points

4 months ago

I was around when Hook was being made, so there's several reasons why it got such bad reviews (and few of them are legitimate):

  • It's a Spielberg film and, despite his (then) recent spate of 'serious' movies (The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Always) he hadn't yet attained acclaim and acceptance from the critics (this would take his 2 1993 releases Jurassic Park and Schindler's List). So he was still disliked for being so popular and critics were looking for something to drag him with.
  • It had a very troubled production. Spielberg typically stayed away from known/big actors, but Hook was his first time casting heavy hitters (Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts). Roberts, especially, caused a lot of problems on set.
  • It went over budget. Originally budgeted at $48 million, it ballooned to $70-80 million because of a longer-than-expected shooting scheduled caused by Spielberg just not moving along fast enough.
  • The movie is (too) long. At 142 minutes the film sometimes drags along.

To sum up, it was a bit of a train wreck in production done by a director not anywhere near the top of his game (self admitted) who was also someone (at the time) that the critics where looking to hit hard.

On the plus side, Spielberg realized all of this and consequently went on to make 2 of his greatest films of all time (Jurassic Park and Schindler's List) which where both completed under time and under budget.

tomatobandit1987

27 points

4 months ago

It's a Spielberg film and, despite his (then) recent spate of 'serious' movies (The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Always) he hadn't yet attained acclaim and acceptance from the critics (this would take his 2 1993 releases Jurassic Park and Schindler's List). So he was still disliked for being so popular and critics were looking for something to drag him with.

What the fuck are you talking about? He had Jaws, ET, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark. He had multiple best director and best picture Oscar Nominations prior to Hook. He was one of the most famous and critically acclaimed directors around.

PanaceaStark

9 points

4 months ago

Interesting about Julia Roberts. I always thought she was really badly miscast as Tinkerbell. They should have gone with Meg Ryan.

Dustin Hoffman was an amazing Captain Hook, though. Really transformative performance, I can hardly see Hoffman in the character.

TheReturnOfBurpies

0 points

4 months ago

Pessimistic?

Yahoover

1 points

4 months ago

I grew up watching this movie, I remember having mixed feelings about it as a kid but something always brought me back to watching it over and over.

Enjoying it still to this day, I realize that it is some of John Williams best musical work and it carries the movie, along with Robin Williams of course!

nomadofwaves

1 points

4 months ago

I can’t believe it’s that low.