Rabbit Hole

2010

Rabbit Hole

Critics Consensus

It's often painful to watch, but Rabbit Hole's finely written script and convincing performances make it worth the effort.

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RABBIT HOLE is a vivid, hopeful, honest and unexpectedly witty portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of all situations.

Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort.

The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (DIANNE WIEST) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (MILES TELLER); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (SANDRA OH). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.

RABBIT HOLE is directed by John Cameron Mitchell (HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH) from a script by acclaimed playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The cast, led by Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS, Actress in a Leading Role, 2002) and Golden Globe nominee Aaron Eckhart, includes two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest (HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, Actress in a Supporting Role, 1986; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, Actress in a Supporting Role, 1994), Tammy Blanchard, Miles Teller, Giancarlo Esposito, Jon Tenney and Sandra Oh. -- (C) Lionsgate

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Critic Reviews for Rabbit Hole

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (172) | Rotten (27)

  • Rabbit Hole is a searing drama that, despite its bleak theme, bravely posits how even the deepest emotional abyss need not become a prison of depression and hopelessness.

    Feb 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The script, adapted by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire from his own Pulitzer Prize winner, demonstrates an extreme, occasionally comic, distaste for the sentimentality often provoked by other people's grief.

    Feb 15, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The sheer excruciating, stultifying good taste of this movie is almost unbearable - so tasteful it could have started out as a coffee-table book, though actually it is based on a Pulitzer-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire.

    Feb 7, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a slight, well-acted tale in search of an epiphany.

    Feb 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

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  • Kidman, looking almost anorexic with grief and sharply critical of everyone trying to comfort her, including her husband, is as good as she has been for some time.

    Feb 4, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    Feb 4, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rabbit Hole

  • May 27, 2013
    All films of such a profoundly sad subject matter, as Rabbit Hole, have to struggle with conveying its message in a cinematic way, one in which the narrative is done smartly, and not simply a rumination of misery. Rabbit Hole manages to do just thought, looking at the issue of losing a child in an intelligent and dramatic way, not simply relying on its inherent tragedy to give it weight. In this way it refuses to be 'misery porn' and instead aims to be something higher. Rabbit Hole succeeds the most at being a character study, a study in how different people deal with grief, and look for hope in their own way. The film is bolstered by two fantastic performances by both Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. Both have great chemistry, and represent two interesting takes on their loss. Their performances are captivating throughout, and give the film a great sense of authenticity. Eckhart, for example, embodies a man of cool temperament, nice and intelligent, but we always sense his inner uneasiness and trauma, which is a testament to his fine performance. The script is also well written. It feels like an authentic examination of how two parents would deal with such a loss, surrounded by people who, though aware of the trauma of these two people, can never fully identify with it. The insight it gives in this regard is another very strong aspect of the film. For everything it does right, however, Rabbit Hole does seem to drag a bit in the third act, and never seems to resolve itself to any real climax. This is perhaps the point of the film, showing how such grief is stagnant, but in order to be truly cinematic, one would expect greater development. Where the characters end isn't too terribly different than when they begin, and the entire subplot involving the driver never feels quite right. Still, a fine drama, with excellent performances. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2012
    An unexpected surprise from John Cameron Mitchell. It may be painful to watch at times but the light comedy mixed with brilliant dialogues and performance by Kidman and Eckhart. The characters seemed realistic enough, the transition from stage to film created an alternative atmosphere which worked well to create the realism. But honest to God, Sandra Oh needs to die, she's God dang ugly, why on Earth was she cast in the first place? Sick. I just wish that I could erase her from existence. Rabbit Hole is a well crafted tragedy.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2012
    Good movie about a couple dealing with the death of their son. It's slow moving, and I don't think for everyone, but acting is good and I enjoyed it. I think once was enough though, not one to watch over and over.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    Eight months after an unspeakable tragedy, things have not even remotely come close to returning to normal either physically or emotionally for Becca(Nicole Kidman) and Howie(Aaron Eckhart). Not seeing the point, Becca does not want to continue with group therapy. So while Howie has work to distract himself with, she has to settle with her newly pregnant sister Izzy(Tammy Blanchard) when she bails her out of jail after a bar fight. At least, Becca gets to meet Izzy's new musician boyfriend Auggie(Giancarlo Esposito) at their mother's(Dianne Wiest) house. Then, Becca decides to spread her wings a bit by taking the train into Manhattan before encountering Jason(Miles Teller). In "Rabbit Hole," Nicole Kidman gives a surprisingly effective and brittle performance that allows her to keep up with Aaron Eckhart. In the movie's emotionally layered story of grief, it smartly does not suggest any easy solutions, be they religion or quantum physics, just the possibility that the pain will lessen over time. Along these same lines, the movie's plot does not move forward along a straight line like most, but instead in ever increasingly larger circles away from the center, sort of like the title, allowing for information to be dispensed gradually to the viewer.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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