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The Eye of the Storm (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 10

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In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships - and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them. -- (C) Official Site

Feb 25, 2013

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (22)

Has taken almost two years to reach the UK; you'd be forgiven for thinking it was far longer, given its sub-Joseph Losey pretensions and doily-like styling.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Sometimes a feast of acting isn't enough.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A brilliantly acted semi-dud.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Too often the film's moods switch unsuccessfully between the abruptly serious and the broadly bizarre.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Rush and Davis are two of the best actors in the business, and their brittle gamesmanship and rue holds the screen. But the film is disappointingly lackluster -- a mild squall instead of a storm.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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It all feels like a whittled-down miniseries.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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The film circles (slowly, like an overfed vulture) around the protracted death of a savage matriarch played, with no concessions to subtlety, by Charlotte Rampling.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It's a chilly, cruel film about characters that are difficult to like or warm to, and it obviously means a great deal to a country that for so long rejected its greatest writer.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It is funny and sad in patches, but never comes completely alive, perhaps because there isn't a single character with whom you can feel fully in sympathy.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Although the story holds much premise, The Eye of the Storm survives mostly off the performances of the leading cast members.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

The movie proceeds at a measured and reverent pace, a little unfocused, but with intelligent performances from three heavyweight acting talents.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

[A] handsome, if patchy, rendering of Patrick White's story of manipulation and dysfunction among the rich and selfish.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Some very game performances are let down by weak source material.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Director Fred Schepisi strives effectively to mine the gold in Patrick White's social study. Top notch performances from the stellar cast help him nail the book's citric tone.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Serious-minded, literate dramas are few and far between outside Oscar season, and until a tired third act, The Eye of the Storm just about manages to live up to its illustrious pedigree.

April 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Had Merchant Ivory ever gone Down Under, they'd probably have fashioned something in the vein of this mannered chamber piece.

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The actors and Fred Schepisi's direction are impeccable but so what? A brilliantly designed death watch is still a death watch.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com
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Audience Reviews for The Eye of the Storm

'The Eye of the Storm'. Three brilliant central performances and a 2nd to final, climactic act that was perfect!
October 20, 2011
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Rich matriarch Elizabeth (Rampling) finds herself living out her final days in the hands of two nurses and a devoted Jewish cook. Sniffing out their impending inheritance, her two children, Basil (Rush) and Dorothy (Davis), return from Europe for a final reconciliation. Basil is a fading star of the London stage while Dorothy is struggling to maintain a lavish Parisian lifestyle following her divorce from a European Prince. Both have a tense relationship with their mother and have shown her little attention previously, something the dying woman is all too happy to remind them of.
I've often sung the praises of Australian cinema but along comes Fred Schepisi's adaptation of a popular Aussie novel to leave me with platypus egg on my face. Schepisi was part of the Australian New Wave, a collective of film-makers from the country (and New Zealand) who emerged in the seventies with a series of landmark films like Peter Weir's 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', Ted Kotcheff's 'Wake in Fright', and Schepisi's own 'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith'. Like the Australian outback, they were beautiful and challenging, often thinly hiding a deep-rooted colonial guilt. In the eighties, the various members of this movement left for the U.S, with mixed results. Schepisi, 'A Cry in the Dark' excluded, found himself lost in the fog of Hollywood mediocrity, helming comedies like 'Mr Baseball' and 'Roxanne'. Now he's returned to his homeland but, sadly, it's a return as bland as any of his American paycheck films.
Schepisi's direction is impressive, clearly influenced by Robert Altman, and the trio of lead performances are terrific, as you'd expect from such actors. The problem lies with the script, as bland and uninvolving a piece of drivel as you could hope to find. Australian readers won't like me saying this but 'TEOTS' feels very much like a British film, the sort that features lots of characters sipping tea and saying "bugger" for comic effect. Come on Oz, I know you can do better. Last year you thrilled us with 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'The Hunter'. This year you've started by putting us to sleep with tea and mediocrity.
April 25, 2013
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    1. Basil Hunter: Bless you darling, for your generosity.
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    1. Basil Hunter: I can't really afford to piss off my mother at the moment.
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