DVD - 2003
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Young Stanley Yelnats finds himself at Camp Green Lake, where digging a hole a day keeps the warden at bay and "builds character". An ancient family curse still dogs Stanley and he's thrown headlong into the adventure of his life. Stanley and his campmates will have to forge fast friendships to unearth the mystery of what's really going on in the desert.


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Jul 02, 2020

I thought it wasn't going to be that good. But they made it so that the movie followed the plot line of the book really good. I wish all books made into movies were like that! Really well done.

One of the more memorable book adaptations of the early 2000s, but overshadowed by Harry Potter. Holes is surprisingly faithful to the book and entertaining for invested and casual fans alike.

Feb 12, 2020

Entertaining for the hole family.

Jan 24, 2019

When books are turned into movies, it’s usually a complete hit, or a complete miss, and Holes was a complete hit. In this movie you see a very young Shia Labeouf accompanied by legendary actors Sigourney Weaver and Eartha Kitt. From the very start you are interested in the character of Stanley Yelnats and watch him deal with situations out of his element. All actors in the film have perfect chemistry and all fit together. Even the way this movie is shot is very interesting and shows both the beauty and dangers of the desert. From the cinematography to how true the movie stays to the book, you couldn’t ask for a better adaption. 4/5 stars
@sideswipefirefight of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 21, 2018

Such a great family film! I remember watching it as a child. Teaches you a lot of life lessons.

Mar 15, 2017

I would give this MOVIE a five star rating! BY CHEEKY BOB:)

Jan 04, 2017

I liked almost nothing about this movie. Watched it as a preview before sharing with my grandchildren and very glad I did. I would not recommend it to anyone.

Jun 30, 2016

Holes is an entertaining family film with witty and charismatic scenes that make it such a fun watch! I loved the flashbacks that were incorporated throughout the movie because they gave more purpose to scenes. We also got to see Stanley’s (the main characters) story while in the present time as characters are discussing repercussions of his actions. The Disney film was directed by Andrew Davis and was released on April 11, 2003. I believe the movie is timeless because I still enjoy watching it almost two decades later! The cast includes young Shia LaBeouf as Stanley Yelnats, Khleo Thomas as Hector Zeroni, Tim Blake Nelson as Dr. Pendanski, Sigourney Weaver as Warden Walker, Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Stanley’s mom and Dulé Hill as Sam the Onion Man. I think the underrated cast made for a hit movie because they got to show their skill without being outshone by bigger actors. Holes was based off of the award winning novel with the same name that is also available at the Hamilton Public Library. In conclusion, I would rate the movie 4/5 stars because it’s not perfect, but I still enjoyed watching it and I will continue to!
@BookwormHS of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Young Shia LeBeouf portrays a character, Stanley Yelnats, who is wrongly accused of stealing and gets sent away to a detention camp where he digs holes. Throughout this movie you learn more and more about each character’s story. This whole movie is very mysterious but also odd all at the same time. It’s an amazing back story to the movie and will leave you wanting to find the answer. Watching the relationships between all the kids at the camp is quite interesting as the story continuously gets better. All the different scenes in this movie are very interesting and you find yourself very invested throughout. Overall an amazing mystery movie and would recommend watching it. 4.5/5 stars
@EffyStonem of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Holes, a simple enough sounding title to most, is a modern classic book turned into a great movie filled with good cheer, an interesting plot, dark meanings and an enjoyable experience for any who watches the film. This movie takes you on a long but enjoyable journey of an alleged juvenile offender who goes out to a work camp as punishment where he embarks on an adventure like none he’s even been on before. And this is a film which the entire family can enjoy, for it’s good humor and simple yet deep plot. Plus, you can take several good things away from this film. And that's why I think you should give this movie, or purhaps the book a try.
@Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 24, 2015

I saw the start of the movie
and I did not like it

Sep 07, 2015

Very entertaining and funny, a little scary with dangerous lizards.

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Mar 16, 2017

Other: Guns are used and around 4-6 Deaths occur and may scare some young children.BY CHEEKY BOB:|

Oct 20, 2013

Coarse Language: Mild

Aug 16, 2012

Other: under the blanket

Aug 03, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: not to bad there is some fighting between the boys and deaths but no gore and nothing to scary

Mar 26, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Within the first 30 seconds is an attempted suicide. There are several murders, some at close range. Bullying, shoving and hostile language. This is not for kids under 14.

Oct 19, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Oct 19, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Sep 27, 2014

Warden: "Excuse-me!!!!!!!!"

Oct 19, 2011

Twitch: I never mean to steal anything, but when I see a nice car, I just start twitching. You think I'm jumpy now, you should've seen me behind the wheel of that Mustang convertible. Whoo! Vroom!

Oct 19, 2011

The Warden Walker: Are you trying to be funny, or do you think I'm stupid?
Armpit: I wasn't trying to be funny.

Oct 19, 2011

Mr. Sir: You girl scouts want to hear a story. Once upon a time there was a magical place that never rained... The end.


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Oct 19, 2011

A wrongfully convicted boy is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.

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