Rabbit Hole Reviews

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Clem Bastow
The Vine
February 16, 2011
Rabbit Hole is tender and sensitive where it counts, but also terminally tasteful. And there's nothing tasteful about grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
January 2, 2011
Like Crash without the clunky characterization, Rabbit Hole is film as medicine, a big, pretty pill to be uncomfortably swallowed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 3, 2011
Really Ordinary People
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2010
The writing is too self-aware. The film cries out for moments that are not about the couple's search for re-engagement.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 31, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
December 14, 2010
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.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
December 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 14, 2010
Far too spic-and-span orderly for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
January 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/10
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 2, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 17, 2010
Kidman is able to draw you in even as the movie's solemn, morbid obviousness wears you out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: C+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 2, 2011
Everyone monologues, philosophises, weeps or does stream-of-consciousness cadenzas. No one has a human quirk or foible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
February 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 11, 2010
An intense tale of a couple grieving from the loss of their 4-year-old son in a car accident.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Jardine
Daily-Reviews
July 12, 2012
Contrived and manipulative
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2010
As a viewing experience, the film is by turns heartrending and stultifying, but mostly stultifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
July 7, 2011
Doesn't quite make the leap from stage to screen with all its power
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 4, 2011
Rabbit Hole doesn't entertain, inform or even stir the emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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