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Holes (2003)



Critic Consensus: Faithful to its literary source, this is imaginative, intelligent family entertainment.

Movie Info

Stanley Yelnats is an unusual hero with dogged bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse. Perpetually in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn't commit. There, he and his campmates--Squid, Armpit, ZigZag, Magnet, X-Ray and Zero--are forced by the menacing warden and her right-hand men Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski to dig holes in order to build character. Nobody knows the real reason they're digging all these holes, but Stanley soon begins to question why the warden is so interested in anything "special" about the boys' find. Stanley and his campmates must stick together and keep one step ahead of the warden and her henchmen as they plot a daring escape from the camp to solve the mystery and break the Yelnats family curse.more
Rating: PG (for violence, mild language and some thematic elements)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Louis Sachar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
Box Office: $67.3M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Shia LaBeouf
as Stanley Yelnats
Sigourney Weaver
as Louise Walker
Jon Voight
as Mr. Sir
Tim Blake Nelson
as Dr. Pendanski
Henry Winkler
as Stanley Yelnats III
Patricia Arquette
as Katherine Barlow
Dulé Hill
as Sam the Onion Man
Eartha Kitt
as Madame Zeroni
Max Kasch
as Zig-Zag
Nathan Davis
as Stanley Yelnats Jr.
Siobhan Fallon
as Stanley's Mother
Zane Holtz
as Barfbag
Ski Carr
as Guard
Roma Maffia
as Carla Morengo
Ray Baker
as Assistant Attorney G...
Alex Daniels
as Texas Ranger No. 1
Tom Brainard
as Texas Ranger No. 2
Rick Worthy
as Male Officer
Mary Jo Mecca
as Female Officer
Shelley Malil
as Nosy Landlord
Rick Fox
as Clyde `Sweetfeet' Li...
Nicole Pulliam
as Mrs. Sweetfeet
Bruce Ramsay
as Prosecutor
Shirley Butler
as Mrs. Zeroni
Conrad E. Palmisano
as Private Investigator
Damien Luvara
as Elya Yelnats
Sanya Mateyas
as Myra Menke
Ravil Isyanov
as Morris Menke
Ken Davitian
as Igor Barkov
Scott Plank
as Trout Walker
Allan Kolman
as Stanley the 1st
Louis Sachar
as Mr. Collingwood
Brian Peck
as Townsman in Classroo...
Melissa Mitchell
as Young Linda
Brooke Eby
as School Kid
Gary Bullock
as Prospector
Benny Manning
as Stage Coach Driver
Jim Wilkey
as Kissed Stage Coach D...
Julian Reed Davis
as Prisoner in Green La...
Nate Davis
as Stanley's Grandfathe...
Siobhan Fallon-Hogan
as Stanley's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Holes

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (39)

Young viewers and old alike will be given powerful metaphors of servanthood and selflessness, humility and honor, courage and Christ-like kindness.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

O roteiro leve e bem construído, aliado às performances de um elenco carismático, deu origem ao tipo de filme que certamente divertirá toda a família.

October 25, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Engaging, generous, and well-paced. Holes is inventively plotted and its coincidences and crazy mysticism pull you in the way the best children's fiction does.

Full Review… | July 6, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Unlike so many kids movies, Holes hasn't been dumbed down, loaded with bathroom humor

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
Movie Habit

Funny, inspiring and just a little bit naughty, Holes is excellent family entertainment.

Full Review… | September 24, 2003
Apollo Guide

For all its faults, Holes has an overriding good humor and sense of fun that saves it from the usual drudge of children's pictures.

Full Review… | September 21, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Holes


I was quite hesitant to go for it, but having watched it, I have no regrets. It's a fun, watchable film. Nothing beyond that, though. Falling in (Holes) once shouldn't hurt; I can't surely say the same for more than once.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

I was apprehensive about watching Holes, but I am glad that I did. This film being the debut feature film of Shia LaBeouf in one of first big screen roles. I have to say that the film really impressed me, and I thought it was a very entertaining film that is perfect for the entire family. The cast do a great job in their parts and I really liked the plot of the movie overall. The film balances comedy, adventure and drama into one picture that is one of the best Disney films in the last ten years. This is a must see for viewers of all ages and it definitely is a well structured film that will keep you entertained for its two hour run time. The film has a terrific story that is supported by a varied cast of talented actors. LaBeouf is great here, and though he would be later so-so in the Transformers films, he displays some talent on-screen. This is a film that the whole family is sure to enjoy and it has something for everyone. Director Andrew Davis who also made the thrilling film The Fugitive directs this highly entertaining comedy adventure that is sure to delight film fans of all ages. Although there are some areas that could have improved upon, Holes is a terrific live action movie from Disney and it is a very entertaining film from start to finish. I was pleasantly surprised at the result of the film, and it is definitely one of the best most memorable family oriented comedies that I have seen. This is a truly unique film that if you come across it, you definitely shouldn't pass it up. Holes has it flaws, but is very good, solid and amusing. But above all, it has heart.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Definitely recommended to kids.
I wanted more of the story with Sam and Kissin' Kate Barlow,so,since there is a book i'll search a piece of detail there...

Eliza Norton

Super Reviewer

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