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The Hole Reviews

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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
January 8, 2013
Sadly, the picture is just too mild for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
September 27, 2012
All the elements are here, they just don't add up to a satisfying whole.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 13, 2009
...Loses its flavour faster than chewing gum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2010
Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain't.
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
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
September 23, 2010
Dante delivers some terrific spine-tingling chills on the way towards a disappointingly overblown climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2012
Dante once again finds similar success in The Hole, merging juvenile concerns with darker stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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.
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
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
September 23, 2010
An excellent family adventure with its heart in the '80s and its head very much in the now.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
September 29, 2010
Scarier than any of this year's 18-rated horror crop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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