The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014)



Critic Consensus: Led by strong performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a hauntingly original rumination on love and loss.

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With his unique vision, writer/director Ned Benson ambitiously captures a complete picture of a relationship in the beautifully relatable portrait of love, empathy and truth that is THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY. Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple's story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ned Benson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2015
Box Office: $0.6M
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Critic Reviews for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (29)

American movies are running perilously low on fresh, youngish talent. Who knows what [director] Benson will do next. I just left his first movie desperate to experience the second one.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Top Critic

Chastain delivers a brilliant performance that could earn her another Oscar nomination.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Top Critic

Worth it for the talent on display, disappointing for what the talent has been given, or not given, to work with.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

McAvoy and Chastain offer his-and-hers perspectives

Full Review… | June 12, 2015
Movie Habit

A nostalgic, moving and tender story of love, change and loss, made beautiful by the mesmerising performance of Jessica Chastain.

Full Review… | March 24, 2015

Even the most adamant art-house snob will have trouble defending this one.

Full Review… | March 18, 2015
The Virginian-Pilot

Audience Reviews for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby


Bereft of their child, a man and woman separate after the woman's attempted suicide.
I spent an entire day with The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, so I get the Purple Heart. There are three different versions of the film, Them, Him, and Her, and I watched all three. The conceit is to tell a story from two different perspectives, each comprising its own film, and that's an interesting idea. What is he doing while she's doing that? What's the backstory behind this little anecdote? And if these were interesting and compelling characters, the films may have something worthwhile. But they're not. Conor is all rending, all but gnashing his teeth, and Eleanor is dreamy wandering, but they're forgettable people by and large.
William Hurt is wonderful as always. I suspect Hurt's mission in life and art is to make a genuine connection with another human being, and seeing him in action is always an interesting and heart-warming experience.
If you decide to journey into this bland story, I encourage you to skip Them altogether because it's Her plus and minus a little bit. You can watch Her and Him in any order, but Them should never have been made.
Overall, while there are a couple compelling moments in these films, the characters fail to inspire any real connection with this audience member.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A sensitive drama with strong performances but unfortunately a bit longer than it should be, with a lot of unnecessary dialogue (like the final tÍte-ŗ-tÍte between father and daughter) and not really able to resist giving in to clichťs and becoming a melodrama close to the end.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a well acted exercise by a talented ensemble. There are some nice vignettes particularly involving Jessica Chastain that effectively amplify her grief. But the picture often descends into melodrama without scratching below the surface. It's extremely slow moving too, a melancholy portrait that wallows in depression. There's not much to hold our attention. Even after two hours, there's still a number of things left unanswered. Given the paper thin narrative on display, it's difficult to comprehend that Them is the distilled union of two other films. The Him tale is 89 minutes. The Her version is 100 minutes. Considering the time it took for us to learn what little we did, I cannot even muster up the desire to endure another 189 minutes of this tale.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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