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Based on 28 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's great to see an action-adventure family film with heart as well as humor, whimsy alongside wisdom, and a compelling narrative. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    One would have to be totally tone-deaf not to notice that the director, Andrew Davis, has inflicted a broad cartoon style on adult performers who are distinctly uncomfortable with it. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A movie so strange that it escapes entirely from the family genre and moves into fantasy. Like "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," it has fearsome depths and secrets. show more

  • 88
    Miami Herald

    Great, multilayered family film. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    A richly satisfying adaptation of Louis Sachar's novel. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Holes functions as a film, but just barely: Readers familiar with the book may negotiate the film's antic crosscutting, but newbies will need to pop a Dramamine before the lights dim. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • October 03, 2011 disneymacias
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    the movie was awsome

  • August 11, 2011 movieman928
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    Kissn kate? REALLY!!!!!!

  • September 12, 2009 Nyfrederick
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    hey your movie was great and book was great to me but i don't know anybody else.

  • July 05, 2008 Ricky
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    Not many movies can be watched with a kid and his parents nowadays. This is one of those few that can be mature and very fun at the same time. Once you start it, it is virtually impossible to stop.

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