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A boy being punished for a crime he didn't commit learns there's more going on at a juvenile correctional facility than meets the eye in this comedy drama. Stanley Yelnats IV (Shia LaBeouf) is a teena... read more read more...ger who has been told all his life that the men in the Yelnats family are cursed, thanks to a false promise his great, great grandfather made to a fortune teller. Given his frequent bad luck, and that which follows his father (Henry Winkler), Stanley has no trouble believing this. Stanley's bad luck hits a new low when a pair of sneakers literally falls out of the sky on him -- and turn out to be stolen. A judge sentences Stanley to a stay at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correctional facility stuck in the middle of the desert, where he finds himself sharing a tent with a gang of misfits, including ringleader X-Ray (Brenden Jefferson), pushy Squid (Jake M. Smith), small but wiry Zero (Khleo Thomas), tough and stinky Armpit (Byron Cotton), paranoid ZigZag (Max Kasch), and thief-in-training Magnet (Miguel Castro). The Warden of Camp Green Lake (Sigourney Weaver) has her own ideas about rehabilitation, which consist of having the boys spend their days digging holes five feet deep under the desert sun. While well-mannered counselor Pendanski (Tim Blake Nelson) tries to help the boys however he can, Mr. Sir (Jon Voight), The Warden's right hand man, is a heartless creep who enjoys making Stanley and his friends suffer. Before long, Stanley wonders if there's a good reason why the Warden seems so curious about what (if anything) the boys find during their digging, and in time he suspects there's something they haven't been told which might be connected to the Yelnats family curse. Holes was based on the award-winning book for young people by Louis Sachar, who also wrote the film's screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003

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  • March 18, 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 entir... read moree 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.
  • January 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...
  • May 6, 2012
    i love this movie, admittedly i didnt think i would becuase i was forced to read the book first in school and then had to watch this movie, lets face it the english department never pick good interesting books little alone movies! However i was surprised by how good it was and fu... read morenny and just great to watch!
    Its a fantastic cast , its weird to see Shia Labeouf in such a young movie and see how much hes matured since! a good movie for the whole family to watch!
  • August 18, 2011
    HOLES was actually a pretty good movie. That's not at all to say that it was a faithful adaptation of the award-winning children's novel, but I liked it, and for a modern Disney movie (and a Shia LaBeouf movie), it was possible to sit through.
  • August 15, 2011
    This movie was actually pretty awesome, it keeps well to the book, it never got boring, and even with a huge hange of the main haracter from the book I really enjoy tis movie, it was cool and good, I watch it whenever its on tv, and a cool theme song.
  • July 10, 2011
    An easy watching kids film with a fun plot.
  • January 15, 2011
    this is a great film with an original and fun plot. shia was great in this early role for him and the story moved well. a clean movie that kids can enjoy but adults will like more.
  • November 21, 2010
    I didn't expected much of this. I thought this was going to be boring but still gave it a try as Shia LaBeouf was in it (and sometimes rating can be deceiving). But surprisingly, I liked this movie. The story wasn't mind blowing or anything. It was more like a strange, unrealisti... read morec, superstitious, blah, blah and blah type. But it was enjoyable. I found myself enjoying most of it. So yeah, it's good. Watch it. Keep your hopes down so you don't feel like murdering the director like I feel every time I watch a bad movie...
    p.s: I'm not violent mad smileys
  • November 13, 2010
    Fabulous book, fabulous adaptation! Amazing kid actors, especially Shia.
    AC rating: Yet again there was two different versions of commentary. One with the fabulous Louis Sachar and with the director (?) I think and the other with four of the kids, including Shia. Oh boy. Talk abo... read moreut your differences in insight. Although, mark my words, seriously, Shia LeBeouf will direct some day. Based on his more serious comments, someday he will.
  • November 8, 2010
    Grade: B-

Critic Reviews


Ed Park
April 22, 2003
Ed Park, Village Voice

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

Richard Roeper
April 21, 2003
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

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

James Berardinelli
April 20, 2003
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture. Full Review

Desson Thomson
April 18, 2003
Desson Thomson, Washington Post

A wonderfully dark fairy tale.

Philip Kennicott
April 18, 2003
Philip Kennicott, Washington Post

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 b...

Susan Walker
April 18, 2003
Susan Walker, Toronto Star

Crazy as it is, Holes could be the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory of 2003. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
April 18, 2003
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

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

Glenn Lovell
April 18, 2003
Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News

A slightly better-than-average tale of friendship, sacrifice and survival. Full Review

Mick LaSalle
April 18, 2003
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Bob Campbell
April 18, 2003
Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger

[Sachar's] sprawling, shaggy-dog story snaps together as neatly on film as in print, but its artificial design is glaringly exposed. Full Review

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Facts


    • Magnet: Maybe he found Zero. Maybe they're still alive.
    • X-Ray: Yeah, and maybe the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are real.
    • Squid: Maybe my mom'll stop drinkin' and my dad'll come back.
    • Twitch: Man when Caveman stole that truck. Oh.
    • ZigZag: That was awesome.
    • Armpit: Yeah Caveman did have style.
    • The Warden: Stanley! Stanley, won't you just open it? Just let me see what's inside! Please?
    • Stanley Yelnats: Excuse me?
    • The Warden: I'm surrounded by a bunch of cow turds.
    • Dr. Pendanski: You wanna know why they call him Zero? Because there's nothin' inside his stupid little head!
    • Zero: I like digging holes.
    • Dr. Pendanski: Then you're in the right place.
    • Trout Walker: The duck may swim on the lake, but my daddy owns the lake!

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  • What movie was this quote said "Stop blowing holes in my ship"  Answer »
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  • From wich movie is this quote? "Stop blowing holes in my ship!"  Answer »
  • What movie stars young teens with the following nicknames? Caveman X-Ray Zero Zig-Zag Armpit  Answer »

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