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Stanley Yelnats is an unusual hero with dogged bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse. Perpetually in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn't commit. There, he and his campmates--Squid, Armpit, ZigZag, Magnet, X-Ray and Zero--are forced by the menacing warden and her right-hand men Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski to dig holes in order to build character. Nobody knows the real reason they're digging all these holes, but Stanley soon begins to question why the warden is so interested in anything… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Brims with storytelling flourishes and gently deployed life lessons that even accompanying adults may dig."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"A wonderfully dark fairy tale."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Young viewers and old alike will be given powerful metaphors of servanthood and selflessness, humility and honor, courage and Christ-like kindness."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Unlike so many kids movies, Holes hasn't been dumbed down, loaded with bathroom humor"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Holes is a rarity among kids' movies: It's dark, complex, intelligent and well-acted."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"[T]here's too much going on, and none of it is executed well enough to recommend."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"O roteiro leve e bem construído, aliado às performances de um elenco carismático, deu origem ao tipo de filme que certamente divertirá toda a família."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Funny, inspiring and just a little bit naughty, Holes is excellent family entertainment."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"An honestly extraordinary maturation performance by Even Stevens' Shia LaBeouf proves Disney truly has monopoly over the most talented youth actors"
‑ Mike Sage, Peterborough This Week
"It's smart, strange, unpredictable, and defies the formulas that typically define this sort of motion picture."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Crazy as it is, Holes could be the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory of 2003."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Engaging, generous, and well-paced. Holes is inventively plotted and its coincidences and crazy mysticism pull you in the way the best children's fiction does."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"For all its faults, Holes has an overriding good humor and sense of fun that saves it from the usual drudge of children's pictures."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"There are so many delightful little touches and warped bits of storytelling that I can't imagine anyone who won't love this film."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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