• 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

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
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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For all its sympathy and intelligence, Rabbit Hole is ultimately too safe an experience for such a free-form tragedy.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

January 15, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 14, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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As heavy, stressful, relentlessly sad dramas go, this one goes quite well.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 14, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 14, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A tough, raw drama about wounds that heal only gradually, if at all.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 14, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Absorbing and hugely compelling, a thoughtful portrayal of the myriad ways in which we learn to deal with the unthinkable.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

January 12, 2011
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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There's a lot of beauty to be mined from that depressing-sounding scenario, thanks to well-drawn characters, impeccable performances, and sensitive direction.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A-

January 6, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Nicole Kidman does her best work in years in a film that at times is almost unbearably authentic.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 4, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The film sets us up to judge and then upends those judgments.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 31, 2010
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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With performances like these, the result is not so much an issue movie as a study of human quiddity and stubbornness under siege.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

December 28, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Eckhart works close to the top of his range here -- Howie is a guy's guy ill-equipped to fight something he can't see -- but Kidman simply goes above and beyond.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 27, 2010
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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What on the surface seems to possess all the melodrama and photogenic suffering of a banal prime-time weepie instead becomes a lucid, tough, deeply sensitive examination of emotional fortitude.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 27, 2010
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The film is quiet, patient, allowing for lived-in performances that get at the enormous change in the characters' lives.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Nicole Kidman is strikingly good as Becca, infusing clipped dialogue and fleeting expressions with great depth of feeling.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 24, 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
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It's not exactly full of holiday cheer. Then again, perseverance can inspire and enlighten any time of the year.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 24, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Wrenching, poignant, and quietly healing.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

December 23, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Conventionally made but extremely well-acted. It does what most stage-to-screen adaptations do not. It works.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 23, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film is in a better state of mind than its characters. Its humor comes, as the best humor does, from an acute observation of human nature. We have known people something like this. We smile in recognition.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 23, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Those who venture into Rabbit Hole with their expectations properly aligned will leave fulfilled and perhaps with a slightly different perspective on a few things.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The Kidman in Rabbit Hole is a revelation.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 20, 2010
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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Rabbit Hole isn't just well written and beautifully acted, it's simply devastating.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 17, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Kidman, doing her best work in years, just comes at you. Her final scene with the splendid Wiest, who builds her character with uncommon feeling, is devastating. So is the movie. It takes a piece out of you.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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You never regret that Nicole Kidman ended up being the actress who got this made.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Don't go down this Rabbit Hole unless you wish to see a superb film that treats a sad topic with unflinching honesty.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2010
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
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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[It] looks like another American indie film of ugly feelings and beautiful furniture, big acting and small paychecks. It isn't; it's one of the best, most human, most true films of the year.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 16, 2010
Ella Taylor
NPR
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Though Rabbit Hole tells a familiar tale, its goofy, loving feel for human cruelty and rage, for kindness and breakthrough bursts of exuberance, lifts this lovely chamber piece high above the crowd.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 16, 2010
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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Rabbit Hole is a finely tuned portrait of grief that takes its time unfolding, much like the actual process of mourning.

Full Review Source: USA Today

December 16, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A perceptive and sympathetic film by John Cameron Mitchell that looks at grief by way of selfish reasonableness.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 16, 2010
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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[Kidman's] beautiful performance transcends the specifics of the script, which David Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his play of the same name.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 16, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The piece as a whole feels earnest and well-meaning but rarely compelling, a film that is almost too decorous to be as involving as it should be.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 16, 2010
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Kidman does some of her most effective work in a while here.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 16, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Eschewing clichés, Rabbit Hole is disturbing yet refreshing evidence that for some people, redemption takes longer, and for others, the pain never goes away at all.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

December 16, 2010
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Rabbit Hole is a tremendously sad movie, but it's also the furthest thing from a miserablist wallow, portraying grief as something that doesn't arrive in neat stages, but in unpredictable waves with forceful undercurrents.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

December 16, 2010
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Easily the most gracefully performed grief-porn you'll see this season...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2010
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
David Ansen
Newsweek
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How do you patch together a relationship that has been sundered by grief? The answers it gives, tentative and hard-won, may not be surprising, but they feel right.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

December 13, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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This is how movies can bring a great, grave theme to indelible dramatic life.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 13, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The canniest thing about it is that it carves shrewd and lively dramatic arcs out of souls who are too damaged to feel their own feelings.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

December 8, 2010
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Kidman and fellow Oscar-winning Wiest could pick up Oscar nominations for this dryly un-sentimental black comedy.

Full Review Source: New York Post

December 8, 2010
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A quiet, devastating, beautifully acted drama about the devastation of loss and the slow, muted, barely-there return of hope.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

December 8, 2010
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
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Grief may be the topic under examination, but humor -- incisive, observant and warm -- is the tool with which it's dissected in Rabbit Hole.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 15, 2010
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