Rabbit Hole (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's often painful to watch, but Rabbit Hole's finely written script and convincing performances make it worth the effort.

Movie Info

RABBIT HOLE is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations.

Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, some drug use and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Lindsay-Abaire
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 19, 2011
Box Office: $2.2M
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as Becca Corbett

as Howie Corbett

as Gabby

as Craig

as Donna

as Sotheby's Receptioni...

as Librarian

as Jason's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Rabbit Hole

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (46)

Mitchell is a filmmaker who seems to genuinely like people, a far rarer bird than you'd imagine.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Rabbit Hole is a beautiful examination of relationships. It exceeds normal genre expectations and has some fantastic acting.

Full Review… | November 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

In a tale of tragic loss, unexpected friendships, and finding happiness in whatever that may be, RABBIT HOLE scores big.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Gordon and the Whale

Rabbit Hole is hardly what you'd call a date movie, and it's difficult to see what kind of audiences it'd appeal to outside of awards season chin-strokers.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole" is a heart-breaking, somewhat depressing film that deals with one of the worst tragedies a couple can face. It is also one of the best films of the year.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012

Contrived and manipulative

Full Review… | July 12, 2012

Audience Reviews for Rabbit Hole


Most movies of plays are just filmed versions of the plays, but playwright David Lindsay-Abaire actually uses the medium of film to create atmosphere, momentum, and chemistry. The play is a lot of TELL - and rather good, imagistic TELL; it won a freakin' Pulitzer - but in this adaptation, we get to see all the SHOW: Becca and Jason's acquaintanceship evolving throughout the movie (instead of just in the penultimate scene in the original script), Becca punching out a random mom at the grocery store, Becca breaking down at seeing Jason going to Prom.

Nicole Kidman deserved her Oscar nod. Her posture is stooped, her eyes are bored but darty, and she gets so close to crying but never does (until the end). Miles Teller (who plays cute and dorky Willard in the new Footloose) is wonderful as the repentant teenager. In disagreement with Flixster reviewer, Jim Hunter, I was rather impressed with Aaron Eckhart's emotional outburst. He didn't seem so much angry as heartbroken and at the end of his rope.

However, upon second viewing, I find the movie much sadder than the play, which DLA explicitly said not to do in his script notes. The music is sad and mellow and the shots of Becca's day-to-day life overdramatize her dazed emptiness. Izzy, the fuck-up sister, is also under-utilized whereas she provides much necessary comic relief in the play.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A promising premise, but in all a film that's - sorry - kind of boring. There's plenty of pain and struggle, but little intrigue as this couple makes it way toward normal after the death of their son. I don't really understand why, other than her being Nicole Kidman, the Academy nominated Nicole Kidman for Best Actress in this film. And to do so at the cost of ignoring Aaron Eckhart in the Best Actor category seems particularly absurd.

The steam seems to go out of this one when the subplots start to pay out, around the two-thirds mark, but stick with it for the ending, it's one of several powerful moments you'll find here. A good movie, but one that would have been better had it not insisted on being even this long - a 75-minute version with fewer side characters might have struck an even stronger chord.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Good movie about a couple dealing with the death of their son. It's slow moving, and I don't think for everyone, but acting is good and I enjoyed it. I think once was enough though, not one to watch over and over.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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