The Black Hole
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An ambitious sci-fier from the Disney folks, The Black Hole takes place in the future. A quintet of space travelers stumble across a "black hole." Not wishing to be sucked into the void, the crew prepares to flee, but stops long enough to investigate a mysterious space vessel near the entrance of the hole. Manning this craft is mad scientist Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximillian Schell), who intends to explore the black hole in hopes of finding the universe's energy source. The cast includes Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Yvette Mimieux, and others. The Black Hole marked one of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is good to see the Disney craftsmen doing what they do best on such a grand and risky scale. If one has time for only one space opera this season, this is the one to choose."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Takes us all the way to the rim of space only to bog us down in a talky melodrama whipped up out of mad scientists and haunted houses."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Is let down by the weak script."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ranks among the very best films to come from the post-Star Wars sci-fi boom."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Even as a fantasy-lovin' boy of 14, I was bored silly by this movie, and a repeat viewing just last week revealed that the film has, if anything, gotten worse over time."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Disney's most ambitious and costly production to date -- about a spaceship crew which encounters a Black Hole and a long-lost madman -- and if looks were everything, you could hardly fault it."
‑ , Time Out
"Despite Oscar nominations for cinematography and visual effects, the Black Hole, an attempt to cash in on the sucess of Star Wars, leaves much to be desired."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The science of this fiction is as hokey as the drama, but the imaginative art design and excellent special effects are magnificent."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"...ultimately revealed to be an underrated and surprisingly dark Disney effort."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...with so many great fantasy and sci-fi films appearing in the intervening years, I doubt that too many adults are going to find the Disney flick of much interest. I didn't."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It cost half as much as Star Trek and looks better -- not as lavish, perhaps, but more original. The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The that the protagonist, Schell, is nuts, and we find it difficult to root for him. The other characters are never fully developed, and so the picture becomes a triumph of style over substance."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An elegant, if stubbornly unexciting, popcorn-muncher that flips into a chin-scratcher, with a crew of mostly bland heroes."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"For-its-time state of the art effects help flat story and acting."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Disney's first PG-rated film was pioneering for its time (integrating special effects better than any film before it), but it suffers pretty badly today."
‑ Christopher Null,
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