"...The tough, prickly camaraderie among the boys and their solidarity in the face of adult cruelty give the picture its heart and also its pedigree....The younger actors are appropriately boisterous and appealing..."
New York Times
"...Faithful and highly entertaining....It's great to see an action-adventure family film with heart as well as humor, whimsy alongside wisdom, and a compelling narrative..."
"...The young actors play their roles with the relaxed focus of regular boys....Honoring the literary ground beneath it, spotted yellow lizards and all, the movie HOLES is easy to dig..."
"...HOLES will no doubt speak clearly and appealingly to its intended teen audience..."
"...The whole movie generates a surprising conviction....It doesn't condescend, and it founds its story on recognizable human nature....Davis has always been a director with a strong visual sense, and the look of HOLES has a noble, dusty loneliness..."
"...It's a wonderfully inventive story....The performances are all fine, especially Jon Voight..."
"...Comic as well as edgy....HOLES is successful finally for the most old-fashioned of reasons: It's got an involving, adventurous story to tell and the wherewithal to tell it correctly..."
Los Angeles Times
"...There's undeniable sweetness to HOLES..."
"[T]here are well-judged performances from Sigourney Weaver, Tim Blake Nelson and Jon Voight..."
Sight and Sound