The Eye of the Storm Reviews

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 10, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
April 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Moraitis
FILMINK (Australia)
September 13, 2011
Sadly, this is not the return to form expected from director Fred Schepisi, whose laboured direction never finds the right tone between comedy and tragedy.
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
September 7, 2012
The actors and Fred Schepisi's direction are impeccable but so what? A brilliantly designed death watch is still a death watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 4, 2012
This adaptation of a prize-winning Australian novel is a stodgy slog save for some sporadic moments of blunt force supplied by Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 11, 2011
Well crafted, to be sure, but light on genuine emotional depth, the material is aching to find meaning, but falls short
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
September 14, 2011
The film is a ramble; the constant shifts in dramatic focus keep you from becoming fully engaged in the characters, leaving one with that feeling of the journey having been more satisfying than the destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 15, 2011
Like the central figure in this ambitious adaptation of the celebrated Patrick White novel, The Eye of the Storm coughs a little, splutters a lot and then finally passes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 6, 2012
Providing exemplary work to a picture in desperate need of defined emotional directions, the cast carries the heavy burden of the material with dignity. The same cannot be said of helmer Fred Schepisi.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 2, 2013
Some very game performances are let down by weak source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 7, 2012
It all feels like a whittled-down miniseries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 7, 2012
Too often the film's moods switch unsuccessfully between the abruptly serious and the broadly bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 9, 2011
The subject matter is dark but disjointed, despite the best efforts of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Russell Edwards
Variety
July 26, 2011
Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis bookend a cast consisting of some of Oz's finest thesps, but Schepisi never gets a grip on a script with awkward literary tics.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 1, 2012
Sprawling, unfocused account of family dysfunction.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 4, 2012
The title takes on a depressing literalness; you sense the movie teetering with tonal imbalance, its brilliant cast of savage line-readers forced to turn inward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2012
Sometimes a feast of acting isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 9, 2011
Sometimes a film just can't live up to all its reputations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2012
The project's ambitions turn out to be greater than its ability to achieve them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 10, 2012
A brilliantly acted semi-dud.
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