Holes | Full Movie

Holes
  • PG
  • 1h 57m
  • 2003
Certified Fresh77%
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The award-winning bestseller comes to life in this phenomenally fun, adventure-filled movie starring Emmy Award-winner Shia LaBeouf. Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, young Stanley Yelnats (LaBeouf) is sent to Camp Green Lake, a very weird place that's not green and doesn't have a lake. Once there, he's thrown headlong into the adventure of his life when he and his colorful campmates -- Squid, Armpit, Zigzag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero -- must dig a hole a day to keep the warden at bay. But why? Through it all, Stanley and company must forge fast friendships as they try to unearth the mystery of what's really going on in the middle of nowhere. Filled with humor and heartwarming messages of friendship and teamwork, HOLES is a treasure everyone will dig.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh77%
Critics Consensus: Faithful to its literary source, this is imaginative, intelligent family entertainment.
Reviews
Village Voice
Ed Park
Fresh

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

June 17, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

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

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
Fresh

A wonderfully dark fairy tale.

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Philip Kennicott
Fresh

One can't help but feel thankful that the movie doesn't always go the expected route, that the cha...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Great movie respects its audience's intelligence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Holes, based on the bestseller by Louis Sachar, has an edge to it, but it's not as gritty as it could be. Portraying a teen boys' work-camp could give excuses to broach more lewd subject matter, but this movie portrays the rough and tumble without devolving into a gross-out fest. There are some moments of racial and gender tension played out in glimpses of the past (reference to a lynching, men trying to force their attentions on a woman), which might be too intense for younger viewers.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama, Teen, Family
  • Release Date:April 18, 2003
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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