'The Hole' Critic Reviews

73%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
80%
Rotten Tomatoes:   33 reviews
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's the kind of knockabout, kid's-eye-view comedy-horror that hasn't been made for a while, with some nasty, frightening touches, but expertly encased in a distinctive family-movie aesthetic.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Derek Elley Variety (Top Critic)
    Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain't.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    No one understands that giddy rush of sugar buzz cinema better than director Joe Dante.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeremy Wheeler TV Guide's Movie Guide
    38
    Sadly, the picture is just too mild for its own good.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Donato We Got This Covered
    50
    Curb your expectations and know you're going into a film about how curious children overcome their fears, not how malevolent darkness torments a group of unsuspecting "victims."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf Blu-ray.com
    67
    Entertaining, with a welcome sense of mischief, The Hole plays to Dante's strengths, returning him to a suburban battleground where young characters face off against an unstoppable, often knee-high malevolent force.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Mania.com
    67
    Now that it's finally here, it proves a sight better than its direct-to-video credentials suggest.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jonathan W. Hickman Daily Film Fix
    65
    Catch THE HOLE in 3-D if you can, but watch it with your kids during this approaching Halloween. You might remember a time when horror was fun and creepy and less violent and exploitative.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Bibbiani CraveOnline
    80
    A refreshing example of how to make a film for a specific demographic the right way. ... Smart, scary and fun as hell.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nathan Rabin AV Club
    34
    All the elements are here, they just don't add up to a satisfying whole.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Staci Layne Wilson Horror.com
    If you enjoyed recent scary-but-kid-safe thrillers like Don't Be Afraid of the Dark or Super 8 - albeit toned down for pre-teens - then The Hole is definitely worth a peek.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Thomas Caldwell Cinema Autopsy
    70
    A fun kids horror film that may be a minor work for Dante, but still very satisfying.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James O'Ehley Sci-Fi Movie Page
    Will be instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up watching movies in the 1980s!
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    40
    The return of director Joe Dante would be more welcome if his children's horror-thriller weren't so tepid.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Robbie Collin News of the World
    80
    Scarier than any of this year's 18-rated horror crop.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
    80
    Director Dante knows a thing or two about making teen thrillers, and this film gets the atmosphere just right without indulging in cheap movie gimmicks.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Film4
    80
    This is scary, thrilling stuff, especially considering there's very little actual violence or gore.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Allan Hunter Daily Express
    60
    Scary fun for young teens.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    80
    With the 1980s increasingly looking like a golden age for live-action family blockbusters, Joe Dante, the decade's most subversive practitioner of the form, makes a welcome return...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Adam Woodward Little White Lies
    60
    An excellent family adventure with its heart in the '80s and its head very much in the now.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Marc Lee Daily Telegraph
    80
    Dante delivers some terrific spine-tingling chills on the way towards a disappointingly overblown climax.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Post
    80
    An enjoyable compendium with some good effects, The Hole is bound to find one of your weaknesses.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Simon Reynolds Digital Spy
    60
    The Hole can't really be considered a return to form for the beloved helmer, but the shared ideas and themes overlap with his more successful works and will bring memories flooding back for those brought up on his '80s favorite.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    60
    Enjoyably old-fashioned horror from genre veteran Joe Dante, with a strong script, some suitably creepy sequences and superb performances from its young cast.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Evans Sky Movies
    80
    Not since the peerless Monster House will kids enjoy getting scared out of their developing minds.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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