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The Black Hole

  • Rated PG

sci-fi & fantasy

A spectacular descent into nature's ultimate mystery - The Black Hole.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Creepy robots and lukewarm ending haunt sci-fi classic.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that some scenes with robots and humanoids may be frightening for younger viewers; there are shoot-outs and explosions but no gore. Maximilian the robot is a threatening presence, and the robot "goons," as one character calls them, are sinister en masse. This is good fun for sci-fi buffs who want to see Disney's attempt at Star Wars.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what could be frightening about the unexplainable forces in our universe. In this film, the black hole presents a hellish gaping opening to the unknown. Is this accurate? How do concepts of heaven and hell feature in the movie? Do any of the ideas match your beliefs or not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 9
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Ranks among the very best films to come from the post-Star Wars sci-fi boom.

- David Cornelius,, Monday, February 19, 2007

Fresh: ...ultimately revealed to be an underrated and surprisingly dark Disney effort.

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Thursday, November 23, 2006

Rotten: Is let down by the weak script.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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 didn't care for it, but I may give it another try someday.

- ajv2688, Thursday, January 6, 2011

4 stars

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 doesn't get much more hardcore than a movie about black holes and their purpose. Of course Robert Forster steals the show as the too cool for school captain and you have to love Maxamillion the robot with spinning swords of doom. Visually, this is pretty interesting. It's not too flashy, but really has the realistic backdrops when they count. This movie's only real flaw is being too short and not covering more post black hole. With that said, it is really fun and a largely unseen yet important sci-fi movie.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, December 16, 2010

4 stars

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.

- FilmFanatik, Thursday, December 17, 2009