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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Great movie respects its audience's intelligence.

Movie PG 2003 111 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 17+


Holes is about a boy who is wrongly accused of stealing a pair of sneakers and is sent to the camp green lake the juvenile detention center in the middle of the desert at the camp the boys are forced to dig holes for their consequences in the dry lake bed every day. Stanley realizes that there are more holes as he uncovers a mysterious history surrounding the camp with the warden. A little time later Stanley forms a friendship with their fellow campers and learns valuable lessons about perseverance, friendship, and the true meaning of family.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 7+

Amazing Film

This is one of the best family movies I have ever watched with my children! I have a 11 year old and a 7 year old and they both loved this film! There is a little violence but nothing to bad/ harmful! Good movie for all the family!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39):
Kids say (94):

Author Louis Sacher (who appears briefly as a man who is going bald) adapted his own story, and it retains all of the complexity and understated, offbeat charm of the book. The adult actors are excellent, especially Arquette and Dule Hill, but the kids are the center of the story, and they handle it beautifully. Khleo Thomas is wonderfully engaging as Zero. In sharp contrast to most movies directed at 10- to 15-year-olds (come to think of it, to most movies of any kind), Holes respects the intelligence of its audience. It is even willing to challenge them, and that makes it a movie for everyone in the family to treasure.

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