The Hole
The Hole (2012)

From legendary director Joe Dante comes a 3D thriller that explores the fears and secrets buried deep within the human mind. Life couldn't possibly get worse, or so thought 14 year old Dane and his 10 year old brother Lucas, when their… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A welcome throwback to the suburban teen thrillers of the 1980s, The Hole is a scary, enjoyable return to form for director Joe Dante.

Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

No one understands that giddy rush of sugar buzz cinema better than director Joe Dante.

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Derek Elley
Variety

Cool it may be, but scary (or even mildly shudder-inducing) it ain't.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

On the surface, Dante's movies are juvenile horrors with some movie-savvy comedy thrown in, but underneath they're among the most subversive entertainments being made today. Hopefully future generations will discover this silly, smart gem.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

All the elements are here, they just don't add up to a satisfying whole.

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Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow

Not likely to give anyone outside of toddler range any nightmares, but it's still a smooth, smart, and eminently likable "rainy night" family film.

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Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sadly, the picture is just too mild for its own good.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

It's good to welcome back one of the undisputed masters of modern genre cinema -- and adventurous kids will love it.

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Dave Kehr
Film Comment Magazine

The Hole doesn't have the frantic wit of Dante's Gremlins 2 or the political import of his Small Soldiers, but it has something just as satisfying: a thorough understanding of the psychological underpinnings of the genre.

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

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."

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Julie: I know what you've got. You've got a gateway to hell under your house. And that is really cool.  "It Knows Your Deepest Fears." The… More
Dean King
Hard to think of this as a horror as it's a 12a (PG13), however I can see why as it is quite creepy and wouldn't be suitable for younger kids! An… More
Jonathan Hutchings
I was fortunate enough to catch the US world premiere of The Hole last night at The Castro Theater in San Francisco. After winning some accolades at TIFF 2009,… More
Luke Baldock
Hail the return of Joe Dante. He never makes classic movies, but he does make favorites. I love Small Soldiers and Gremlins. Dante has a rather cruel sense of… More
Ken Stachnik
Strong start, weak finish.
Mark Walker
Is there any other director that can capture the adventurous imagination (Spielberg being a notable exception) like director Joe Dante? Done with the same awe… More

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