The Black Hole Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 25, 2014
Desperately tries to fuse Disney's characteristic kiddie funtime japery with Star Wars-style action and world-building.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 7, 2012
Despite Oscar nominations for cinematography and visual effects, the Black Hole, an attempt to cash in on the sucess of Star Wars, leaves much to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
March 9, 2009
It is good to see the Disney craftsmen doing what they do best on such a grand and risky scale. If one has time for only one space opera this season, this is the one to choose.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 9, 2009
The problem...is that the protagonist, Schell, is nuts, and we find it difficult to root for him. The other characters are never fully developed, and so the picture becomes a triumph of style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 22, 2007
Is let down by the weak script.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
October 13, 2007
The science of this fiction is as hokey as the drama, but the imaginative art design and excellent special effects are magnificent.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
An elegant, if stubbornly unexciting, popcorn-muncher that flips into a chin-scratcher, with a crew of mostly bland heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 14, 2007
Ranks among the very best films to come from the post-Star Wars sci-fi boom.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 19, 2006
...ultimately revealed to be an underrated and surprisingly dark Disney effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Disney's most ambitious and costly production to date -- about a spaceship crew which encounters a Black Hole and a long-lost madman -- and if looks were everything, you could hardly fault it.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
June 2, 2005
For-its-time state of the art effects help flat story and acting.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It cost half as much as Star Trek and looks better -- not as lavish, perhaps, but more original. The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Takes us all the way to the rim of space only to bog us down in a talky melodrama whipped up out of mad scientists and haunted houses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 1, 2004
Even as a fantasy-lovin' boy of 14, I was bored silly by this movie, and a repeat viewing just last week revealed that the film has, if anything, gotten worse over time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 15, 2004
...with so many great fantasy and sci-fi films appearing in the intervening years, I doubt that too many adults are going to find the Disney flick of much interest. I didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 28, 2003
Disney's first PG-rated film was pioneering for its time (integrating special effects better than any film before it), but it suffers pretty badly today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 5, 2002
A weak, unfocused s-f venture; not one of Disney's shining moments.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nate Yapp
CinemaBlend.com
September 8, 2002
If you can ignore the scientific problems, The Black Hole turns out to be a fairly enjoyable sci-fi flick.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Something less fun than the worst exploitation sci-fl flick thrown at us by the likes of Roger Corman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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