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Faithful to its literary source, this is imaginative, intelligent family entertainment.



Total Count: 137


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Stanley Yelnats is an unusual hero with dogged bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse. Perpetually in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn't commit. There, he and his campmates--Squid, Armpit, ZigZag, Magnet, X-Ray and Zero--are forced by the menacing warden and her right-hand men Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski to dig holes in order to build character. Nobody knows the real reason they're digging all these holes, but Stanley soon begins to question why the warden is so interested in anything "special" about the boys' find. Stanley and his campmates must stick together and keep one step ahead of the warden and her henchmen as they plot a daring escape from the camp to solve the mystery and break the Yelnats family curse.

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Shia LaBeouf
as Stanley Yelnats
Sigourney Weaver
as Louise Walker
Jon Voight
as Mr. Sir
Tim Blake Nelson
as Dr. Pendanski
Henry Winkler
as Stanley Yelnats III
Patricia Arquette
as Katherine Barlow
Dulé Hill
as Sam the Onion Man
Eartha Kitt
as Madame Zeroni
Max Kasch
as Zig-Zag
Nathan Davis
as Stanley Yelnats Jr.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan
as Stanley's Mother
Zane Holtz
as Barfbag
Ski Carr
as Guard
Roma Maffia
as Carla Morengo
Ray Baker
as Assistant Attorney General
Alex Daniels
as Texas Ranger No. 1
Tom Brainard
as Texas Ranger No. 2
Rick Worthy
as Male Officer
Mary Jo Mecca
as Female Officer
Shelley Malil
as Nosy Landlord
Rick Fox
as Clyde `Sweetfeet' Livingston
Nicole Pulliam
as Mrs. Sweetfeet
Bruce Ramsay
as Prosecutor
Shirley Butler
as Mrs. Zeroni
Conrad E. Palmisano
as Private Investigator
Damien Luvara
as Elya Yelnats
Sanya Mateyas
as Myra Menke
Ravil Isyanov
as Morris Menke
Ken Davitian
as Igor Barkov
Scott Plank
as Trout Walker
Allan Kolman
as Stanley the 1st
Louis Sachar
as Mr. Collingwood
Brian Peck
as Townsman in Classroom
Melissa Mitchell
as Young Linda
Brooke Eby
as School Kid
Gary Bullock
as Prospector
Benny Manning
as Stage Coach Driver
Jim Wilkey
as Kissed Stage Coach Driver
Julian Reed Davis
as Prisoner in Green Lake Jail
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Critic Reviews for Holes

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (36)

  • Brims with storytelling flourishes and gently deployed life lessons that even accompanying adults may dig.

    Apr 22, 2003 | Full Review…

    Ed Park

    Village Voice
    Top Critic
  • [T]here's too much going on, and none of it is executed well enough to recommend.

    Apr 21, 2003
  • It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture.

    Apr 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A wonderfully dark fairy tale.

    Apr 18, 2003
  • One can't help but feel thankful that the movie doesn't always go the expected route, that the characters have a little more depth to them than average, and that the complexity, which is the movie's basic weakness, is also its fundamental virtue.

    Apr 18, 2003
  • Crazy as it is, Holes could be the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory of 2003.

    Apr 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Holes

  • Sep 20, 2015
    Kinda surprised that I waited over a decade before I watched this film. Not that it's a great film or anything, I may have thought it was better had I watched it closer to the actual time the film came out, but it is what it is. I will say, however, that the film is certainly not what I expected. Though, to be fair, I had no idea what the film was about prior to watching it. Like I knew the kids dug holes and everything, but everything surrounding that I had no knowledge of. But it plays out nicely and I do like how they incorporate flashbacks to tell the story of past Yelnats, Katherine Barlow and the current day Stanley, who's stuck at a detention camp, were they dig the holes everyday as a supposed character building exercise, for a crime he did not commit. At first the flashbacks were a little bit jarring because I literally had no idea what role they were meant to be play, so they were a little annoying because I'd have rather been watching the current Stanley doing his thing at the detention camp. At first I thought the flashbacks were simply filler and sometimes to give a bit of background into Stanley's family, but it turns out that it's all pretty much connected and absolutely necessary in order to tell the story the film wants to tell and how modern day Stanley redeems himself, and his family's name, for this curse that has been in their family for several generations now. With that said, I still don't think the film goes into great detail in any of the flashbacks, so what you get is essentially the really basic stuff necessary to have an understanding of what's going on. Don't get me wrong, it's good and I really like that sort of interconnected stuff where everything has a point and purpose into how the story ends up playing out, but the flashbacks themselves are still not that great, to be honest. The best parts of the film are still bak at the detention camp and seeing how Stanley finds his way in the camp and how he fits in to a group of boys that have already been there for a really long time. It, of course, starts off contentiously. But Stanley eventually starts earning their respect. You've seen it before. Though the highlight of the film would definitely be Stanley's friendship with Hector. It's not as sentimental as one would expect, so that's a good thing. The acting is actually really good, so no problems on that end. Strong cast top-to-bottom. Like I said, the film doesn't really go into as much detail into any of the stories, both flashbacks and modern, but I still think that this movie is quite good. It's funny and it's smart. That's not something that you can say about a lot of these types of films. Solid Netflix watch here.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2013
    Even though the movie is so strange that it cannot really be classed as a children's film anymore, it does not really appeal to adults either. And even though there are some really great characters in the story performed by a wonderful cast and it is directed aptly, it did very little for me.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2013
    I was apprehensive about watching Holes, but I am glad that I did. This film being the debut feature film of Shia LaBeouf in one of first big screen roles. I have to say that the film really impressed me, and I thought it was a very entertaining film that is perfect for the entire family. The cast do a great job in their parts and I really liked the plot of the movie overall. The film balances comedy, adventure and drama into one picture that is one of the best Disney films in the last ten years. This is a must see for viewers of all ages and it definitely is a well structured film that will keep you entertained for its two hour run time. The film has a terrific story that is supported by a varied cast of talented actors. LaBeouf is great here, and though he would be later so-so in the Transformers films, he displays some talent on-screen. This is a film that the whole family is sure to enjoy and it has something for everyone. Director Andrew Davis who also made the thrilling film The Fugitive directs this highly entertaining comedy adventure that is sure to delight film fans of all ages. Although there are some areas that could have improved upon, Holes is a terrific live action movie from Disney and it is a very entertaining film from start to finish. I was pleasantly surprised at the result of the film, and it is definitely one of the best most memorable family oriented comedies that I have seen. This is a truly unique film that if you come across it, you definitely shouldn't pass it up. Holes has it flaws, but is very good, solid and amusing. But above all, it has heart.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2013
    Definitely recommended to kids. I wanted more of the story with Sam and Kissin' Kate Barlow,so,since there is a book i'll search a piece of detail there...
    Eliza N Super Reviewer

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