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Rabbit Hole Reviews

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January 10, 2016
Grieving is not an easy process. Just ask Becca and Howie Corbett (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart), a married couple who lost their four-year-old son eight months ago due to a freak car accident. Their communication is stilted, their professional lives harmed, their sex life finished. They crave to partake in a healthy existence once again, but mourning inhabits the heart of the smallest of an activity - attempting to ease back into a normal social life does little to diminish the lump that constantly rests in their throats.
Indeed, "Rabbit Hole" is not the sort of feel-good movie most desire to submit themselves to when passing the time with a movie, but it is surprisingly hopeful, as if we're acting as voyeur to the end of a nervous breakdown that can ultimately be recovered from. An adaptation of the critically acclaimed play of the same name (the film also written by its creator), "Rabbit Hole" is an affecting study of heartache, with Kidman and Eckhart acting as the psychologically tumultuous centers.
As the film opens, the Corbetts are dealing with their agony in ways that can only be described as temporary coping strategies. Howie regularly rewatches old home videos, refusing to accept reality, while Becca, who quit her job following the tragedy, sits at the house numbly with her thoughts brewing, eventually figuring it might be best to start giving away her son's old clothes and toys as a way to acknowledge the present. They attend group therapy on a daily basis, but Becca cannot do much besides roll her eyes at the other attendees, who seem to wallow in their melancholy rather than overcome it; Howie begins a platonic friendship with Gabby (Sandra Oh), a fellow participant who seems to be the only person he can really talk to as himself. Family, especially Becca's mother (a terrific Dianne Wiest), halt recovery, as they are similarly afflicted by the years-ago drug overdose of a sibling.
Neither is nearing toward a breakthrough, though - while the Corbetts will inevitably learn to grapple with their misery as something that will never leave them, they are at their rawest, their most susceptible to spiraling down a path of eternal torment. So we become hopeful when Becca does the unthinkable: get to know the teenager (Miles Teller) who accidentally killed her son that fateful day, learning that a single, awful event should never define someone for the rest of their lives. And so begins the healing process, with Howie, more slowly, submitting himself to acceptance too.
"Rabbit Hole" has already become an indie gem seen as more of a showcasing of the magnificent star power of Nicole Kidman (nominated for an Oscar here) than a full-fledged classic, being only 92 minutes and dealing with a topic that most don't want to relive. But it is a brave and moving film, wonderfully acted and from the heart. Its visceral anguish is enough to send a shiver down our spines, so unfiltered and true that we can almost feel the pain the Corbetts go through so tirelessly.
"Rabbit Hole" hurts as much as it wants us to cheer - despite the gloom that ripples through its slender body, it is more about conquering hardship than it is about staying ensnared in a vicious cycle. And it feels good.
½ December 25, 2015
well acted but just too painful to enjoy
December 4, 2015
"Rabbit Hole" reaches noteworthy depth into its themes and characters in order to become an emotionally resonating film that shows the tragedy of loss while showcasing an accurate portrayal from the performances by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.
October 16, 2015
Kidman actually manages to convey some emotion (and a real, fascinating character) through the botox mask, a rare sight these days. God, but seriously, why has she done that to her face? Anyway, this is really good, quite elegant in its depiction of grief without being grimdark misery porn (until the third act, at least, though the turn into crying montages is more disappointing than destructive). Dianne Weist is wonderful.
September 23, 2015
Good movie. I expected it to be more like Revolutionary Road, but it ended up being pretty good for what it was. Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckart are perfect together and really believably as a couple struggling with the loss of their only son.
August 24, 2015
Parents dealing with the sudden death of a small child is neither a fun or easy place to be. However, this devastating premise is handled subtle beauty and penetrating honesty that allows for immense grief while managing sensitive and real humor. The screenplay and direction slowly lay out the details of this world, while touching on the impact seemingly innocuous daily occurrences have on one's life after such a tragedy. A heartbreaking study of anguish in modern times.
August 22, 2015
What an amazing screenplay. Honest, sophisticated and hopeful.
July 10, 2015
A touching examination of how a married couple deals with the ultimate tragedy.
½ June 7, 2015
Excellent performances by Kidman, Eckhart and Teller. A poignant story, sensitively told.
½ June 6, 2015
A sobering story about loss and recovery told successfully through the captivating performances of Kidman and Eckhart.
May 24, 2015
This is a terrific movie that is completely engaging. The script is very real, the acting is terrific. The tragic premise demands comic relief, which the film provides in a wonderful, natural way. I am a parent who almost lost a child, and i found this movie cathartic. I think that parents who have issues in the area of losing children could respond by being very upset by the movie. Or they could be very much helped by seeing how the parents in this movie deal (or at many times, fail to deal) with the situation. The film-makers bring more understanding to this situation than I've seen in any other movie. It's a truly great movie.
May 21, 2015
A film that almost acts as a study on how humans deal with grief and loss. It's ben 8 months since Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) lost their 4 year old son in a car accident, and they don't appear to be any closer to overcoming their loss. We follow them through their lives as they attempt to cope, move on, but still hold onto the memories of their son. The film is kind of mumble-core, and it's slow moving. It's certainly not for everyone. Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Miles Teller all do superb performances, and each is given a chance to shine. Rabbit Hole is a very realistic, sad film (It almost feels nihilistic at points) that also tackles the subject of multiple realities accurately. I LOVEd the play this was based on, and I was very satisfied with the way the film version plays out. If you like this kind of stuff, give it a watch.
May 17, 2015
When death is real, life is surreal.
May 12, 2015
Meh. It's a movie that exists.
May 10, 2015
What stands out here is the acting of Kidman, Eckhart and Teller. A story of a couple that lost their child 8 months ago and how they each learn to cope. A good movie that lets the details unfold gradually.
May 10, 2015
Among few of the movies, which brings real emotions into the screen. Nicole at her best.
½ March 15, 2015
Liked this movie, heartfelt.
½ March 5, 2015
Leisurely, understated, sometimes humorous, and very real-feeling assessment on the differing ways that people deal with lingering grief. Despite its unsentimental approach, the film is surprisingly uplifting. Kidman and Eckhart are both extremely good here...Kidman in particular fleshes out a not always sympathetic character with a naturalistic expertise.
February 22, 2015
Well acted and wisely staged melodrama portraying a couple whose child was killed in an accident.
January 5, 2015
Rabbit Hole is an outstanding motion picture featuring great performances from Kidman and Eckhart.
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