The Hole Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
October 2, 2012
Dante once again finds similar success in The Hole, merging juvenile concerns with darker stories.
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.
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.
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.
September 28, 2012
Now that it's finally here, it proves a sight better than its direct-to-video credentials suggest.
September 27, 2012
No one understands that giddy rush of sugar buzz cinema better than director Joe Dante.
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.
October 5, 2011
A fun kids horror film that may be a minor work for Dante, but still very satisfying.
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.
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.
September 29, 2010
Scarier than any of this year's 18-rated horror crop.
September 27, 2010
Scary fun for young teens.
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.
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