Holes

Holes

Holes

 Family adventure from the director of The Fugitive, based on the young adult novel by Louis Sachar. Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, young Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) is sent to Camp Green Lake, a very weird place that's not green and doesn't have a lake. Once there, he's thrown headlong into the adventure of his life when he and his colorful campmates – Squid, Armpit, Zigzag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero – must dig a hole a day to keep the warden at bay. But why?

2003Rating: PG117 mins
Kids & Family

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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A scrupulously faithful adaptation of the successful young adult novel by Louis Sachar, "Holes" will no doubt speak clearly to its intended early teen audience. The book about a group of wayward boys doing time at a most peculiar detention camp was a publishing phenomena that shot right past adults' radar. Disney's film version looks poised to become a hit without the patronage of many people beyond voting age.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The intention is a good one, but the blending of disparate ingredients under Andrew Davis' direction is often jarring.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

One of the few recent movies I have seen that plunged me into that rare, giddy state of pleasurable confusion, of not knowing what would happen next, which I associate with the reading and moviegoing experiences of my own childhood.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I walked in expecting a movie for thirteensomethings, and walked out feeling challenged and satisfied.

BBC

BBC

press

As a result, what should have been a simple set-up turns into a four-course meal of plot exposition that's likely to send some kids bolting for the nearest exit. Yet, for those who can sit still, Holes has enough wit and wisdom to be an entertaining alternative to the effects-heavy world of Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Kids' fare with a brain - a haunting detective story with a warm heart.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

A scrupulously faithful adaptation of the successful young adult novel by Louis Sachar, "Holes" will no doubt speak clearly to its intended early teen audience. The book about a group of wayward boys doing time at a most peculiar detention camp was a publishing phenomena that shot right past adults' radar. Disney's film version looks poised to become a hit without the patronage of many people beyond voting age.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The intention is a good one, but the blending of disparate ingredients under Andrew Davis' direction is often jarring.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

One of the few recent movies I have seen that plunged me into that rare, giddy state of pleasurable confusion, of not knowing what would happen next, which I associate with the reading and moviegoing experiences of my own childhood.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

I walked in expecting a movie for thirteensomethings, and walked out feeling challenged and satisfied.

BBC

BBC

press

As a result, what should have been a simple set-up turns into a four-course meal of plot exposition that's likely to send some kids bolting for the nearest exit. Yet, for those who can sit still, Holes has enough wit and wisdom to be an entertaining alternative to the effects-heavy world of Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Kids' fare with a brain - a haunting detective story with a warm heart.

4.0

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