The Black Hole
The Black Hole (1979)

An obsessed scientist drives to maneuver his space craft directly into a black hole in hopes of discovering the secrets of the Universe. This special-effects-driven science-fiction film focuses on the dilemma of a group of fellow space… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: April 20, 1999
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Time Out

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Desperately tries to fuse Disney's characteristic kiddie funtime japery with Star Wars-style action and world-building.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Is let down by the weak script.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

The science of this fiction is as hokey as the drama, but the imaginative art design and excellent special effects are magnificent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Unluckily for this Disney sci-fi the greatest space set fantasy of all time had been released two years earlier in 77. On top of that 'Close Encounters of… More
Conner Rainwater
Sure, it isn't all that amazing if you pit it up against Star Wars (which everyone seemed to do), but this is more of a pure sci-fi movie anyway. It… More
Daniel Mumby
In the aftermath of Star Wars, a slew of films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres attempted to emulate the film's success. Many of these films had similar,… More
Tim Salmons
I know it's definitely not one of Disney's top live action efforts, but I adore it. I think it's an enjoyable movie, warts and all.
Aj V
I saw this movie when I was a kid and I found it profoundly boring. It's another of the Star Wars wannabees, this one's from Disney too. I… More
Jani H
"Fascinating... - From a distance." This movie was nominated for cinematography and visual effects at the 1980 Academy Awards. 30 years later,… More