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Rabbit Hole (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 163 | Rotten: 26

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

87

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 6

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

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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

PG-13,

Drama

David Lindsay-Abaire

Apr 19, 2011

$2.2M

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All Critics (189) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (163) | Rotten (26) | DVD (4)

The problem with 'Rabbit Hole' is that it plays at one unrelentingly gloomy frequency: occasional moments of humour or tension are simply unable to puncture the overriding sense of oppressive sadness.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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For all its sympathy and intelligence, Rabbit Hole is ultimately too safe an experience for such a free-form tragedy.

January 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Rabbit Hole, directed with grace and surprising humor by John Cameron Mitchell, is a delicate tale that shares a great deal of the hurt of Robert Redford's Ordinary People.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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As heavy, stressful, relentlessly sad dramas go, this one goes quite well.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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John Cameron Mitchell directed, making an impressive detour in style and subject matter after his flamboyant Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A tough, raw drama about wounds that heal only gradually, if at all.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Rabbit Hole is a beautiful examination of relationships. It exceeds normal genre expectations and has some fantastic acting.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

August 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
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.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

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.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Contrived and manipulative

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily-Reviews | Comment (1)
Daily-Reviews

Un drama íntimo y conmovedor, narrado con sobriedad, sin golpes bajos y con una profunda empatía y cariño por sus personajes. Dentro de un notable elenco se destacan las actuaciones de Nicole Kidman y Dianne Wiest.

September 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart give marvelous, shaded performances of grief-stricken parents attempting to move on without forgetting their pain.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The actors don't flinch from the task and there is hope at the end, though it may feel like small reward after so much digging.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Doesn't quite make the leap from stage to screen with all its power

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Comments (3)
Movie Habit

One of the very best films of 2010.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

Director John Cameron Mitchell's restrained handling of the film's rawest moments keeps it from descending into soul-wrenching lamentations.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

It might be that this material is simply better suited to the theater, with its enforced artificiality and its crackling, dragging blacks.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A very fine domestic drama that avoids the pitfall of becoming maudlin and offers many surprising little twists along the way.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

When Nicole Kidman has full control of her facial muscles she is unrivaled in her ability to play cold, distant emotionally scarred bitches. Its a marvelous performance. That said, the film itself can be so anguished that you will need counseling upon exit

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

a raw and complex character study that challenges our identification and sympathies at every turn

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Exquisitely raw and painful, sure, but also richly humane and deeply cathartic, for David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer and Tony award winning play is nothing short of a masterpiece.

February 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Quality drama, sure, but it doesn't go anywhere unexpected. For a film whose title evokes Alice's mysterious journey through Wonderland, it might have amounted to a little more.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

John Cameron Mitchell has done an amazing job capturing the heart of these delicate characters.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

It's an unsentimental, occasionally amusing insight into two people who don't know how to become normal again. A very affecting and fine debut for Kidman as producer.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Rabbit Hole is a searing drama that, despite its bleak theme, bravely posits how even the deepest emotional abyss need not become a prison of depression and hopelessness.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

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.
April 25, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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.
October 9, 2012
danperry17

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.
October 2, 2012
romy861

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Directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Olympus Pictures, 2010. Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Sandra Oh and Dianne Wiest.

Genre: Drama

Question: When you are sad, do you hate it when people tell you how to feel and act so you are no longer sad?

Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, takes on a family's tragedy and it's aftermath with how the mother (Nicole Kidman) copes with the death of her 4 year-old son. Not a light subject but I was thoroughly engrossed with this woman's plight and how she handled it all. I found it fascinating that everyone around her kept telling her how to feel and react to get over "it". Her reactions, to the constant barrage of advice, was not something I have seen on film much. For that alone I recommend this film.

I cannot relate to the specific tragedy this woman (couple) must go through but everyone has been sad at one time or another. We have all had things in our lives that take us on a course down a dark road of uncertainty. Clawing back to the light to what feels normal and safe is difficult especially when friends abandon you, others try to relate their experiences to yours and all you want to do is curl up in a ball and be left alone. The film shows that not everyone handles other's grief well or with respect sometimes.

Does Rabbit Hole give any sort of advice on how to handle the overwhelming sadness, emptiness or helplessness? You will have to see for yourself, but it did show that everyone deals with their pain and suffering differently. How and when they begin to get past their loss is as individual as the person. Not only had Nicole Kidman's character have something bad happen to her world but their were other characters in Rabbit Hole that also conveyed how people deal with consequences that are thrust upon them.

Rabbit Hole was a tender and poignant film. Nicole Kidman with Aaron Eckhart did a fantastic job at exposing the underbelly of how a couple handles the tragic death of their child. Anger, resentment and the search for closeness with others in order to feel something other than pain are all present in this story. There were times of humor and a cathartic need to take a large sigh during some scenes. But above all, the overwhelming sadness that had taken over the grieving mother (Nicole Kidman) and then her pursuit to be left alone to discover her own path out her darkness was awe-inspiring. Kidman outdid herself on keeping the subject matter palpable and relatable even if you have never lost a child.

Does this film have a happy ending? Well, I won't say but the journey that was exposed was worth watching because how authentic the story was portrayed.

My favorite thing: Nicole Kidman's performance.

My least favorite thing: Can't really think of anything at the moment.

Rating: PG-13
Length: 91 minutes

Review: 8 out of 10
May 22, 2012
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    1. Becca: And then what?
    2. Howie: I don't know... Something though.
    – Submitted by rob g (2 years ago)
    1. Becca: Does it ever go away?
    2. Nat: No, I don't think it does. Not for me, it hasn't, and that's goin' on eleven years. It changes, though.
    3. Becca: How?
    4. Nat: I don't know... the weight of it, I guess. At some point, it becomes bearable. It turns into something that you can crawl out from under and... carry around like a brick in your pocket. And you... you even forget it, for a while. But then you reach in for whatever reason and - there it is. Oh right, that. Which could be awful - But not all the time. It's kinda... not that you like it exactly, but it's what you have instead of your son, so you don't wanna let go of it either. So you carry it around. And it doesn't go away, which is...
    5. Becca: What.
    6. Nat: Fine... actually.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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