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The Hole Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
Not likely to give anyone outside of toddler range any nightmares, but it's still a smooth, smart, and eminently likable "rainy night" family film.
Dave Kehr
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
The Hole doesn't have the frantic wit of Dante's Gremlins 2 or the political import of his Small Soldiers, but it has something just as satisfying: a thorough understanding of the psychological underpinnings of the genre.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 20, 2013
On the surface, Dante's movies are juvenile horrors with some movie-savvy comedy thrown in, but underneath they're among the most subversive entertainments being made today. Hopefully future generations will discover this silly, smart gem.
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide
January 8, 2013
Sadly, the picture is just too mild for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
October 2, 2012
Dante once again finds similar success in The Hole, merging juvenile concerns with darker stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
September 30, 2012
Curb your expectations and know you're going into a film about how curious children overcome their fears, not how malevolent darkness torments a group of unsuspecting "victims."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
William Bibbiani
September 28, 2012
A refreshing example of how to make a film for a specific demographic the right way. ... Smart, scary and fun as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Orndorf
September 28, 2012
Entertaining, with a welcome sense of mischief, The Hole plays to Dante's strengths, returning him to a suburban battleground where young characters face off against an unstoppable, often knee-high malevolent force.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
September 28, 2012
Catch THE HOLE in 3-D if you can, but watch it with your kids during this approaching Halloween. You might remember a time when horror was fun and creepy and less violent and exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Rob Vaux
September 28, 2012
Now that it's finally here, it proves a sight better than its direct-to-video credentials suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012
No one understands that giddy rush of sugar buzz cinema better than director Joe Dante.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 27, 2012
All the elements are here, they just don't add up to a satisfying whole.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Staci Layne Wilson
September 12, 2012
If you enjoyed recent scary-but-kid-safe thrillers like Don't Be Afraid of the Dark or Super 8 - albeit toned down for pre-teens - then The Hole is definitely worth a peek.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 5, 2011
A fun kids horror film that may be a minor work for Dante, but still very satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
October 18, 2010
Will be instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up watching movies in the 1980s!

September 29, 2010
This is scary, thrilling stuff, especially considering there's very little actual violence or gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 29, 2010
The return of director Joe Dante would be more welcome if his children's horror-thriller weren't so tepid.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 29, 2010
Director Dante knows a thing or two about making teen thrillers, and this film gets the atmosphere just right without indulging in cheap movie gimmicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
September 29, 2010
Scarier than any of this year's 18-rated horror crop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
September 27, 2010
Scary fun for young teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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