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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: Christine Dolen
    88
    Great, multilayered family film.
  3. It's got an involving, adventurous story to tell and the wherewithal to tell it correctly. And while young adults may think this is intended only for them, in truth it's their elders who are especially starved for this kind of entertainment.
  4. It eschews obvious effects, but even more impressively, it tells a story without an obvious moral. It assumes that kids can wrestle with a fairly complicated narrative and draw their own conclusions.
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    70
    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
    Suffers even more than the Harry Potter films from a compulsion to be faithful to the source material, including cramming in a head-spinning assortment of characters and subplots.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 118
  1. Sophie
    Jul 31, 2007
    10
    This is genuinely a fantastic movie, and amazing considering that it's a Disney live action. Great acting from all the kids, amazing 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
    10
    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
    9
    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 isHoles 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. Nov 1, 2010
    8
    Shia Lebeouf's entertaining performance brought this movie to a level of greatness.
  5. Nov 12, 2012
    8
    Unlike most family films, which follow a strict formula, there is some serious depth in the plot here, and that's what's fascinating about it.
  6. Jan 1, 2013
    7
    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 enjoyableI 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
  7. JasonQ.
    Dec 6, 2005
    1
    This is the worst movie EVER if you want to know what really happens you should read the book.

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