The Hole Reviews

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September 27, 2010
With the 1980s increasingly looking like a golden age for live-action family blockbusters, Joe Dante, the decade's most subversive practitioner of the form, makes a welcome return...
September 23, 2010
Dante delivers some terrific spine-tingling chills on the way towards a disappointingly overblown climax.
September 23, 2010
It's the kind of knockabout, kid's-eye-view comedy-horror that hasn't been made for a while, with some nasty, frightening touches, but expertly encased in a distinctive family-movie aesthetic.
September 23, 2010
An excellent family adventure with its heart in the '80s and its head very much in the now.
September 22, 2010
Welcome back, Joe Dante, and welcome back '80s family frights. It might be too lightweight for hardcore horror types, but this is a great way to get in touch with your inner eight-year-old.
September 22, 2010
It's good to welcome back one of the undisputed masters of modern genre cinema -- and adventurous kids will love it.
September 22, 2010
An enjoyable compendium with some good effects, The Hole is bound to find one of your weaknesses.
September 22, 2010
The Hole can't really be considered a return to form for the beloved helmer, but the shared ideas and themes overlap with his more successful works and will bring memories flooding back for those brought up on his '80s favorite.
September 22, 2010
Not since the peerless Monster House will kids enjoy getting scared out of their developing minds.
September 22, 2010
Enjoyably old-fashioned horror from genre veteran Joe Dante, with a strong script, some suitably creepy sequences and superb performances from its young cast.
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.
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...
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.
July 6, 2010
Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain't.
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 13, 2009
...Loses its flavour faster than chewing gum.
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