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 … 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
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as Stanley Yelnats

as Louise Walker

as Mr. Sir

as Dr. Pendanski

as Stanley Yelnats III

as Katherine Barlow

as Sam the Onion Man

as Madame Zeroni

as Magnet

as Zig-Zag

as Stanley Yelnats Jr.

as Stanley's Mother

as Barfbag

as Guard

as Carla Morengo

as Assistant Attorney G...

as Texas Ranger No. 1

as Texas Ranger No. 2

as Male Officer

as Female Officer

as Nosy Landlord

as Clyde `Sweetfeet' Li...

as Mrs. Sweetfeet

as Prosecutor

as Mrs. Zeroni

as Private Investigator

as Elya Yelnats

as Myra Menke

as Morris Menke

as Igor Barkov

as Trout Walker

as Stanley the 1st

as Mr. Collingwood

as Townsman in Classroo...

as Young Linda

as School Kid

as Prospector

as Stage Coach Driver

as Kissed Stage Coach D...

as Prisoner in Green La...

as Stanley's Grandfathe...

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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