88

Miami Herald

Great, multilayered family film.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
A richly satisfying adaptation of Louis Sachar's novel.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie so strange that it escapes entirely from the family genre and moves into fantasy. Like "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," it has fearsome depths and secrets.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's great to see an action-adventure family film with heart as well as humor, whimsy alongside wisdom, and a compelling narrative.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Honoring the literary ground beneath it, spotted yellow lizards and all, the movie Holes is easy to dig.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A great family movie, with a terrifically empathetic young hero, strong messages about the powers of familial love and friendship, buried treasure and enough action to keep the little ones from getting bored.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It eschews obvious effects, but even more impressively, it tells a story without an obvious moral. It assumes that kids can wrestle with a fairly complicated narrative and draw their own conclusions.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
One would have to be totally tone-deaf not to notice that the director, Andrew Davis, has inflicted a broad cartoon style on adult performers who are distinctly uncomfortable with it.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Holes functions as a film, but just barely: Readers familiar with the book may negotiate the film's antic crosscutting, but newbies will need to pop a Dramamine before the lights dim.
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71 out of 100
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