Rabbit Hole is tender and sensitive where it counts, but also terminally tasteful. And there's nothing tasteful about grief.
| Original Score: 2/5
Like Crash without the clunky characterization, Rabbit Hole is film as medicine, a big, pretty pill to be uncomfortably swallowed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Really Ordinary People
The writing is too self-aware. The film cries out for moments that are not about the couple's search for re-engagement.
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
Far too spic-and-span orderly for its own good.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 4/10
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.
Kidman is able to draw you in even as the movie's solemn, morbid obviousness wears you out.
This year's feel-bad holiday drama is an equivalent of "Revolutionary Road" crossed with "Reservation Road," but is nowhere effective as either.
| Original Score: C+
Everyone monologues, philosophises, weeps or does stream-of-consciousness cadenzas. No one has a human quirk or foible.
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.
An intense tale of a couple grieving from the loss of their 4-year-old son in a car accident.
Contrived and manipulative
| Original Score: 58/100
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
As a viewing experience, the film is by turns heartrending and stultifying, but mostly stultifying.
| Original Score: 2/4
Doesn't quite make the leap from stage to screen with all its power
Rabbit Hole doesn't entertain, inform or even stir the emotions.