Holes Reviews

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Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
April 24, 2003
Smart, funny, cynical and genuinely touching.
| Original Score: A-
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 24, 2003
Holes is too long, but its scenarios unfold with unforgettable colour.
Kelly Borgeson
Premiere Magazine
April 22, 2003
An intelligent, stylishly shot film that -- for the most part -- doesn't pander to its youthful audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 22, 2003
Witless, charmless, dreary as the desert setting itself, and inexcusably sloppy in its attempts to meld two flashback strands into its main, dopey story.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 22, 2003
Kids aren't dumb. They have opinions, hopes and dreams that deserve to be recognized and exercised, and cinema should be an engaging experience full of power and potential - not a babysitter. 'Holes' is not a babysitter.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
April 22, 2003
Too broad for adults, too simple-minded for kids, too sprawling for anyone.
Top Critic
Ed Park
Village Voice
April 22, 2003
Brims with storytelling flourishes and gently deployed life lessons that even accompanying adults may dig.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 22, 2003
"Holes" flip flops between slapstick and black comedy, not always in a seamless way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
April 22, 2003
Although some of the narrative meanderings seem overly complex, it all ties together nicely at the end, bringing about an unexpectedly satisfying conclusion to the present-day story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 21, 2003
Even for those too old to have a learning experience with the film, there's plenty to appreciate on a thematic level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 21, 2003
You'll dig "Holes." And your age won't matter one whit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 21, 2003
[T]here's too much going on, and none of it is executed well enough to recommend.
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
April 21, 2003
...a Hole-ly likable little family film, filled with all the elation and wonder Disney has poured into countless past efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 21, 2003
The acting is superb and the story is delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 20, 2003
Too many films geared toward young audiences are dumbed down, or worse. Here is a movie that has the potential to inspire them instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Linekin
eye WEEKLY
April 20, 2003
Davis can't find a consistent tone for this long-winded story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 20, 2003
It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
April 20, 2003
Everything you've come to expect from a Disney film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 19, 2003
A humorous and suspenseful and imaginative story that's sheer delight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 19, 2003
Made by adults who know the best kids' movies are the ones that don't talk down to kids.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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