• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Cameron Mitchell
    In Theaters:
    Dec 17, 2010 Limited
    On DVD:
    Apr 19, 2011
  • Lionsgate Films

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Rabbit Hole Reviews

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Clem Bastow
The Vine

Rabbit Hole is tender and sensitive where it counts, but also terminally tasteful. And there's nothing tasteful about grief.

Full Review Source: The Vine | Original Score: 2/5

February 16, 2011
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

Like Crash without the clunky characterization, Rabbit Hole is film as medicine, a big, pretty pill to be uncomfortably swallowed.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 2, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Really Ordinary People

Full Review Source: CinePassion

January 3, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The writing is too self-aware. The film cries out for moments that are not about the couple's search for re-engagement.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 16, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Plays out with all the subtlety of one of those bum-awful "issues-driven" episodes of EastEnders. You half-expect an "if you were affected by the events in this movie, you can call our special helpline" message to drone out over the end credits.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Here the proceedings are so lifeless that you find yourself rooting for the narrative to fully tread into the disaster zones with which it flirts.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 14, 2010
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters

John Cameron Mitchell's too decorous tale of parental grief and conflict is wise as far as it goes, but tastefully bourgeois to a fault.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 5/10

December 17, 2010
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Far too spic-and-span orderly for its own good.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

December 14, 2010
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

If you'd like to wallow in the exquisite suffering of the upper middle classes for 90 minutes this might be just the film for you.

Full Review Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 4/10

January 14, 2011
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Kidman is able to draw you in even as the movie's solemn, morbid obviousness wears you out.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 17, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

This year's feel-bad holiday drama is an equivalent of "Revolutionary Road" crossed with "Reservation Road," but is nowhere effective as either.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

December 5, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Everyone monologues, philosophises, weeps or does stream-of-consciousness cadenzas. No one has a human quirk or foible.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2011
Anthony Quinn
Independent

If you must watch the portrait of a marriage strained to breaking-point, try the recent Blue Valentine, where you at least feel sorry for the unhappy couple that once cherished and loved each other.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

February 4, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An intense tale of a couple grieving from the loss of their 4-year-old son in a car accident.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

December 11, 2010
Dan Jardine
Daily-Reviews

Contrived and manipulative

Full Review Source: Daily-Reviews | Original Score: 58/100

July 12, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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All that emotion never quite manages to inspire the deep, resonant empathy these stricken parents -- and, more to the point, we in the audience -- so desperately need.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 16, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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As a viewing experience, the film is by turns heartrending and stultifying, but mostly stultifying.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2010
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

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

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

July 7, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Rabbit Hole doesn't entertain, inform or even stir the emotions.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

February 4, 2011
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