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Rabbit Hole Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 14, 2011
As heavy, stressful, relentlessly sad dramas go, this one goes quite well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 14, 2011
A tough, raw drama about wounds that heal only gradually, if at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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-
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 31, 2010
The film sets us up to judge and then upends those judgments.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 24, 2010
As a viewing experience, the film is by turns heartrending and stultifying, but mostly stultifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2010
It's not exactly full of holiday cheer. Then again, perseverance can inspire and enlighten any time of the year.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 23, 2010
Wrenching, poignant, and quietly healing.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 20, 2010
The Kidman in Rabbit Hole is a revelation.
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Caryn James
indieWIRE
December 17, 2010
An enormously moving film that is, in the end, unexpectedly buoyant.
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Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE
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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
December 17, 2010
Rabbit Hole isn't just well written and beautifully acted, it's simply devastating.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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
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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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 16, 2010
Rabbit Hole is a finely tuned portrait of grief that takes its time unfolding, much like the actual process of mourning.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 16, 2010
Kidman does some of her most effective work in a while here.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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-
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David Fear
Time Out
December 15, 2010
Easily the most gracefully performed grief-porn you'll see this season...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 13, 2010
This is how movies can bring a great, grave theme to indelible dramatic life.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 8, 2010
Kidman and fellow Oscar-winning Wiest could pick up Oscar nominations for this dryly un-sentimental black comedy.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
December 8, 2010
A relatively tame but nonetheless admirable drama sustained by convincing performances and steady direction.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 8, 2010
A quiet, devastating, beautifully acted drama about the devastation of loss and the slow, muted, barely-there return of hope.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
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.