Holes Reviews

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October 22, 2003
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.
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.
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.
April 18, 2003
A slightly better-than-average tale of friendship, sacrifice and survival.
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.
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.
April 18, 2003
Fills a hole in the genre by not treating kids with kid gloves.
April 18, 2003
Whimsical, harrowing, heartwarming and, all props to Harry Potter, quite magical.
April 18, 2003
At the least, it's original.
April 18, 2003
This is the sort of family film people keep wishing Hollywood would make. Well, they made it. Go see it.
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.'
April 18, 2003
I walked in expecting a movie for thirteensomethings, and walked out feeling challenged and satisfied.
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.
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.
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