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Tom and Huck

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family, comedy, drama


Mischief-maker Tom Sawyer and his pal Huck team up to steal a pirate's treasure map in order to save an innocent man from being wrongly convicted of a crime.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    25%
  • Audience Score
    41%

common sense

ON for kids age 11
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Unexceptional adaptation, but entertaining movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while Disney toned down Mark Twain's story, there are mature social themes here, including: references to a father beating his son; an oblique comment about a man who ran away from the Civil War; folk superstitions such as curing warts with a dead cat in the graveyard; the difficulty an aunt faces in raising her orphaned nephews; whippings as punishment for misbehaving children; an alcoholic who is suspected of murder; poor "river folk" who travel the Mississippi looking for work; and, a Native American as a cold-hearted killer. 'Parents should be aware that two characters are killed (non-explicit, but very threatening scenes), that a staggering drunk is framed for a murder, that an adult hits kids and threatens to kill them, and a boy refers to being beaten by his father. There is a funeral for a character who is thought to be dead as well as a near-lynching of a man suspected of murder. Scenes of peril include children being chased, a bible used as a defense against a knife attack, and a dream-sequence of a character in danger. Adults are unable to protect children, and children sneak away from home with references to running away.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the themes of loyalty, friendship, and doing what is right, even if it means breaking an oath. How does Tom's relationship to Huck change from one of hero-worship to real friendship? Huck is clearly wary of the townspeople, and families might want to talk about how his character develops during this movie. Tom is portrayed as a daring and intelligent boy, yet there are also example of times he is headstrong and manipulative those around him. Families might discuss which characteristics of Tom, Huck, Aunt Polly, the Widow Douglas, and Becky they admire and which they see in themselves.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    25%
    reviews counted: 13
    see all Tom and Huck reviews
  • Audience

    41%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Bob Grimm, Las Vegas Mercury, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

1 star

Tom and Huck is an awful adaption of Mark Twain's adventure Tom Sawyer. Disney has a knack for creating adaptations of classic stories that are just dreadful to watch. Tom and Huck is such a film. Tom and Huck is a failed attempt at crafting an effective family oriented comedy, and there's really nothing memorable about the film. The film is really a mess from start to finish. The performances are lazy, and unimpressive, and there's nothing going on, on-screen to really grab your attention. The directing and plot is poor, and overall this is yet another Disney film that fails to deliver a memorable good time. I hated this film, and thought it was a waste of time. I think that Disney really missed the mark with this film, and they could've done so much better than this film. Instead, the film is a total misfire, and is a waste of time. Don't go watching this film expecting something great, because you won't find it here. This was horrible. Director Peter Hewitt fails here, and he shows he's a poor director. Tom and Huck please a very young audience, but this won't appeal to an entire family. The film forgettable, and is pointless overall. If you want a good family comedy, skip this one. There's nothing good about this film, and the film really misses the mark at delivering a great time. The acting, plot and directing combine to create an awful film that really isn't worth your time.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, December 16, 2011

3 stars

Disney brings us the story of Tom Sawyer starring the cutie of the 90s, Johnathan Taylor Thomas. This used to be on TV a lot. It's a TV movie, so it's not that good, but it's not bad. The basic story is still kinda there anyway.

- ajv2688, Sunday, June 12, 2011

4 stars

I really like this version of Tom Sawyer, it's actually the best adaption out there. While it's not word for word like the book, it captures the novel perfectly. All the characters were great and the story is just too much fun. I love Injen Joe, villains don't get much more evil than that. Also, JTT and Brad Renfro are perfect together and really got that relationship down. Some nice visuals and an above average approach to a family movie.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, June 8, 2010