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  • Summary: Based on the award-winning 1999 children's book of the same name, this funny and poignant film features an unusual young hero who is in for the adventure of his life when he is sent to a Texas detention camp. (Walt Disney Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 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. But there is no reason that children should have a monopoly on this primal, wonderful experience.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It's great to see an action-adventure family film with heart as well as humor, whimsy alongside wisdom, and a compelling narrative.
  3. Reviewed by: Emma Cochrane
    Louis Sachar's compelling children's classic is about as Disney as Freddy Krueger. It's got murder, racism, facial disfigurement and killer lizards.
  4. A great family movie, with a terrifically empathetic young hero, strong messages about the powers of familial love and friendship, buried treasure and enough action to keep the little ones from getting bored.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Overall, there is a lot of flip-flopping between stories, sometimes jumping back and forth more frantically than an episode of "Seinfeld."
  6. A movie that feels a bit like digging a hole in the ground -- an exercise that may build character but doesn't seem to accomplish much else.
  7. 50
    An ambitious undertaking, but not a successful one: It unfolds with the studied determination of a grade-school book report.

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  1. Negative: 3 out of 117
  1. Sophie
    Jul 31, 2007
    This is genuinely a fantastic movie, and amazing considering that it's a Disney live action. Great acting from all the kids, amazing performances from the adults, a really gripping and fascinating plot.. awesome for all ages. I also recommend the book, it's a really great read. Expand
  2. Guy!
    May 29, 2007
    This movie was 2hrs of pure excitement. Only problem was that you could see an extending microphone on screen in one scene.
  3. Dec 2, 2011
    Holes is a really fun film. It has a great story that feels like a mystery even when it is not. Even if the setting feels dull at times it is a lot of fun. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2011
    You have no idea how many times I have watched this film when it came out onto dvd/tv, Its easily my most watched film and that is saying something. Yes it does get a little stupid at times and the acting is average at best but the film just has "It", Its a cult classic imo. Expand
  5. Jan 1, 2013
    I have watched this movie well over 30 times and it still maintains it's value. Memorable scenes, Funny through out. It's a rather enjoyable film the whole family can watch. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2013
    Holes succeeds in many areas, but it switches between story elements too much for you to passively enjoy it. You have to be watching every second of it to understand. While this may work and actually be a good thing in more complex, fancy movies, it is annoying and unnecessary here. Expand
  7. JasonQ.
    Dec 6, 2005
    This is the worst movie EVER if you want to know what really happens you should read the book.

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