The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them2014
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Critic Consensus: Led by strong performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a hauntingly original rumination on love and loss.
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Critic Reviews for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
It's a glum, wrenching experience to watch, but the emotional impact is just far too shallow to linger.
American movies are running perilously low on fresh, youngish talent. Who knows what [director] Benson will do next. I just left his first movie desperate to experience the second one.
Chastain delivers a brilliant performance that could earn her another Oscar nomination.
Worth it for the talent on display, disappointing for what the talent has been given, or not given, to work with.
Audience Reviews for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
My understanding is that this was originally broken up into "him" and "her" films. I unfortunately only saw the "them" version but this is nonetheless a heartbreaking and very real portrayal of depression and its impact on a relationship which has soured.
Bereft of their child, a man and woman separate after the woman's attempted suicide. I spent an entire day with The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, so I get the Purple Heart. There are three different versions of the film, Them, Him, and Her, and I watched all three. The conceit is to tell a story from two different perspectives, each comprising its own film, and that's an interesting idea. What is he doing while she's doing that? What's the backstory behind this little anecdote? And if these were interesting and compelling characters, the films may have something worthwhile. But they're not. Conor is all rending, all but gnashing his teeth, and Eleanor is dreamy wandering, but they're forgettable people by and large. William Hurt is wonderful as always. I suspect Hurt's mission in life and art is to make a genuine connection with another human being, and seeing him in action is always an interesting and heart-warming experience. If you decide to journey into this bland story, I encourage you to skip Them altogether because it's Her plus and minus a little bit. You can watch Her and Him in any order, but Them should never have been made. Overall, while there are a couple compelling moments in these films, the characters fail to inspire any real connection with this audience member.
A sensitive drama with strong performances but unfortunately a bit longer than it should be, with a lot of unnecessary dialogue (like the final tête-à-tête between father and daughter) and not really able to resist giving in to clichés and becoming a melodrama close to the end.