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Holes Reviews

April 22, 2003
Brims with storytelling flourishes and gently deployed life lessons that even accompanying adults may dig.
April 21, 2003
[T]here's too much going on, and none of it is executed well enough to recommend.
April 20, 2003
It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
A wonderfully dark fairy tale.
April 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.
April 18, 2003
Crazy as it is, Holes could be the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory of 2003.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2003
Older kids, fans of the book and parents who remember the fun of reading dark stories under the covers should be happily engrossed in this adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
A slightly better-than-average tale of friendship, sacrifice and survival.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2003
As kids' films go, it's a thoughtful, superior piece of work, an entertaining picture that youngsters can enjoy on first viewing and perhaps fully grow into as they get a bit older.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
[Sachar's] sprawling, shaggy-dog story snaps together as neatly on film as in print, but its artificial design is glaringly exposed.
April 18, 2003
A dense yarn with a range of humor, imagination and emotions as wide as the desert floor upon which it is set.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
Fills a hole in the genre by not treating kids with kid gloves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2003
Whimsical, harrowing, heartwarming and, all props to Harry Potter, quite magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2003
At the least, it's original.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 18, 2003
This is the sort of family film people keep wishing Hollywood would make. Well, they made it. Go see it.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 18, 2003
That rare thing, a movie that will genuinely appeal to just about everyone in a family, though it emphatically is not the soppy pap that conventionally passes as a 'family film.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 18, 2003
I walked in expecting a movie for thirteensomethings, and walked out feeling challenged and satisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2003
Readers familiar with the book may negotiate the film's antic crosscutting, but newbies will need to pop a Dramamine before the lights dim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2003
A movie that feels a bit like digging a hole in the ground -- an exercise that may build character but doesn't seem to accomplish much else.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2003
The film's fidelity to the plot and tone of the book is a credit to [Sachar and Davis].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
Suffers even more than the Harry Potter films from a compulsion to be faithful to the source material, including cramming in a head-spinning assortment of characters and subplots.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2003
An overly long, unwieldy movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2003
Credit Davis with caring about preserving the book's fiber. I wish he'd been able to find a style of his own to match.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 17, 2003
A clever, ambitious movie with an impressive look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 17, 2003
The movie pays homage to the book by preserving its potency and building upon its strong foundation. It's hard to imagine a reader who wouldn't approve.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 17, 2003
A wayward charmer.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 17, 2003
One of the few recent movies I have seen that plunged me into that rare, giddy state of pleasurable confusion, of not knowing what would happen next, which I associate with the reading and moviegoing experiences of my own childhood.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2003
The movie is all over the place, jumping around in time, place and tone.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 17, 2003
This movie, if it is as successful as it deserves to be, might just open slapstick-happy moviemakers' eyes to the idea that kids will flock to a story that explores dark issues.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 17, 2003
A movie with the younger crowd in mind, but older adults savvy enough to disregard labels will find it surprisingly rewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 17, 2003
Fans of Louis Sachar's superb 1998 young-adult novel will be delighted to know that his debut screenplay richly embellishes the book's good parts.
April 17, 2003
The smartest, funniest kids' movie since Spy Kids.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2003
The intention is a good one, but the blending of disparate ingredients under Andrew Davis' direction is often jarring.
April 17, 2003
The picture is all over the place -- sometimes a fairly stupid broad comedy, sometimes a rather threatening child-cruelty flick, sometimes tinged with magic realism.
Read More | Original Score: C
April 16, 2003
Honoring the literary ground beneath it, spotted yellow lizards and all, the movie Holes is easy to dig.
Full Review | Original Score: B+