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The Hole Reviews

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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
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
Lee Marshall
Screen International
September 24, 2009
Though it's a likeable story with a decent pop-psychology twist, the big dramatic problem with The Hole is the way its cute atmosphere and Disney-style teen bonding sessions and scary, thriller elements keep cancelling each other out.
Top Critic
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-
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 13, 2009
...Loses its flavour faster than chewing gum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Elley
July 6, 2010
Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain't.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 23, 2010
Dante delivers some terrific spine-tingling chills on the way towards a disappointingly overblown climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 22, 2010
An enjoyable compendium with some good effects, The Hole is bound to find one of your weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Foster
August 12, 2010
The Hole represents a solid and oh-so-welcome return to what Dante does best - imaginatively-staged, genuinely-scary small-town mayhem with a sentimental streak.
Alan Jones
Radio Times
September 16, 2010
Very much in the Dante family-friendly fantasy tradition of Gremlins, this nostalgic exercise in mild scares resembles the director's segment from Twilight Zone: the Movie in many creepy/fun respects...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
September 20, 2010
Hits all the right notes for its target demographic, and Dante still has the chops to make it visually compelling for the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
September 23, 2010
An excellent family adventure with its heart in the '80s and its head very much in the now.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 22, 2010
It's good to welcome back one of the undisputed masters of modern genre cinema -- and adventurous kids will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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