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Parents' Guide to

The Black Hole

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Creepy robots and lukewarm ending haunt sci-fi classic.

Movie PG 1979 97 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 11+

Waste of time

Disney’s attempt to cash in on Star Wars’s 1977 success. They did a poor job, and it’s not worth a watch.
age 7+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Sci-fi fans will want to see this film for its cult appeal, trippy ending and all. Released in an era when robots like R2-D2 were all the rage, Disney's 1979 answer was V.I.N.CENT, a friendly, philosophical robot who plays a main role in THE BLACK HOLE. The silent, malevolent Maximilian, however, steals the show, with his ultra creepy red eye, bass-heavy sound effects and his whirling appendages that can shred sheet metal. Tweens might enjoy watching the robots engage in battle with one another.

Set as an epic science-fiction journey into the deepest corner of space, The Black Hole attempted to marry grandiose visions of life among the stars with cutting-edge effects. It succeeded in the effects department (for 1979) but the movie loses steam as it progresses to a lukewarm ending. Anthony Perkins as the malleable Alex, and Maximillian Schell as the mad genius Dr. Reinhardt score points for their intelligent portrayals of scientists. The ending, however, offers a less than satisfying denouement.

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