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Rabbit Hole Reviews

February 2, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
January 15, 2011
For all its sympathy and intelligence, Rabbit Hole is ultimately too safe an experience for such a free-form tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 14, 2011
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 14, 2011
As heavy, stressful, relentlessly sad dramas go, this one goes quite well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 14, 2011
John Cameron Mitchell directed, making an impressive detour in style and subject matter after his flamboyant Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
January 14, 2011
A tough, raw drama about wounds that heal only gradually, if at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 12, 2011
Absorbing and hugely compelling, a thoughtful portrayal of the myriad ways in which we learn to deal with the unthinkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
January 4, 2011
Nicole Kidman does her best work in years in a film that at times is almost unbearably authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 31, 2010
The film sets us up to judge and then upends those judgments.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 28, 2010
With performances like these, the result is not so much an issue movie as a study of human quiddity and stubbornness under siege.
December 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 27, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2010
The film is quiet, patient, allowing for lived-in performances that get at the enormous change in the characters' lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 24, 2010
Nicole Kidman is strikingly good as Becca, infusing clipped dialogue and fleeting expressions with great depth of feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 24, 2010
As a viewing experience, the film is by turns heartrending and stultifying, but mostly stultifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 24, 2010
It's not exactly full of holiday cheer. Then again, perseverance can inspire and enlighten any time of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 23, 2010
Wrenching, poignant, and quietly healing.
December 23, 2010
Conventionally made but extremely well-acted. It does what most stage-to-screen adaptations do not. It works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2010
The Kidman in Rabbit Hole is a revelation.
December 17, 2010
An enormously moving film that is, in the end, unexpectedly buoyant.
December 17, 2010
Doesn't wallow in sorrow; instead, it tries to explore the many facets of grief and resolution, and that's what makes it worthwhile.
December 17, 2010
Rabbit Hole isn't just well written and beautifully acted, it's simply devastating.
December 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2010
You never regret that Nicole Kidman ended up being the actress who got this made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2010
Kidman is able to draw you in even as the movie's solemn, morbid obviousness wears you out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 16, 2010
[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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
December 16, 2010
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.
December 16, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 16, 2010
Rabbit Hole is a finely tuned portrait of grief that takes its time unfolding, much like the actual process of mourning.
December 16, 2010
A perceptive and sympathetic film by John Cameron Mitchell that looks at grief by way of selfish reasonableness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 16, 2010
[Kidman's] beautiful performance transcends the specifics of the script, which David Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his play of the same name.
December 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
December 16, 2010
Kidman does some of her most effective work in a while here.
December 16, 2010
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.
December 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: A-
December 15, 2010
Easily the most gracefully performed grief-porn you'll see this season...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 14, 2010
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.
December 13, 2010
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.
December 13, 2010
This is how movies can bring a great, grave theme to indelible dramatic life.
December 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: B
December 8, 2010
Kidman and fellow Oscar-winning Wiest could pick up Oscar nominations for this dryly un-sentimental black comedy.
December 8, 2010
A relatively tame but nonetheless admirable drama sustained by convincing performances and steady direction.
December 8, 2010
A quiet, devastating, beautifully acted drama about the devastation of loss and the slow, muted, barely-there return of hope.
September 16, 2010
The writing is too self-aware. The film cries out for moments that are not about the couple's search for re-engagement.
September 15, 2010
Grief may be the topic under examination, but humor -- incisive, observant and warm -- is the tool with which it's dissected in Rabbit Hole.