John and the Hole

John and the Hole

John and the Hole

A disturbed 13-year-old keeps his wealthy family captive in a giant hole in the ground in this thriller written by Oscar-winner Nicolás Giacobone (Birdman). Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2021.

While exploring the neighboring woods, 13-year-old John discovers an unfinished bunker — a deep hole in the ground. Seemingly without provocation, he drugs his affluent parents and older sister and drags their unconscious bodies into the bunker, where he holds them captive. As they anxiously wait for John to free them from the hole, the boy returns home, where he can finally do what he wants.

2021Rating: R98 minsUSAIFC Films
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John and the Hole / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

John and the Hole is well enough photographed and acted, but is really an oppressive and exasperatingly pointless piece of work...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Amply compelling even if there’s a slight hollowness to the film...

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Variety

Variety

Meticulously constructed in a way that will be of considerable interest to audiences who appreciate stories that unsettle...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

It’s not the best “creepy kid” movie out there, but it’s certainly the rare one to double as a bonafide coming-of-age story...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Too often feels like it doesn’t exist in the real world and yet doesn’t have much to say as allegory either.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

Far too subdued and toothless to make a lasting impression.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Finally too withholding and ambiguous to fully engage.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Shotwell's assured physical performance carries this film.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

There’s not just suspense but also unexpected dry humour...

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