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The Eye of the Storm Reviews

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 10, 2013
The film circles (slowly, like an overfed vulture) around the protracted death of a savage matriarch played, with no concessions to subtlety, by Charlotte Rampling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 5, 2013
It's a chilly, cruel film about characters that are difficult to like or warm to, and it obviously means a great deal to a country that for so long rejected its greatest writer.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 3, 2013
It is funny and sad in patches, but never comes completely alive, perhaps because there isn't a single character with whom you can feel fully in sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
May 3, 2013
Although the story holds much premise, The Eye of the Storm survives mostly off the performances of the leading cast members.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 2, 2013
The movie proceeds at a measured and reverent pace, a little unfocused, but with intelligent performances from three heavyweight acting talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
May 2, 2013
[A] handsome, if patchy, rendering of Patrick White's story of manipulation and dysfunction among the rich and selfish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 2, 2013
Some very game performances are let down by weak source material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 2, 2013
Director Fred Schepisi strives effectively to mine the gold in Patrick White's social study. Top notch performances from the stellar cast help him nail the book's citric tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
April 30, 2013
Has taken almost two years to reach the UK; you'd be forgiven for thinking it was far longer, given its sub-Joseph Losey pretensions and doily-like styling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
April 30, 2013
Serious-minded, literate dramas are few and far between outside Oscar season, and until a tired third act, The Eye of the Storm just about manages to live up to its illustrious pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
April 22, 2013
Had Merchant Ivory ever gone Down Under, they'd probably have fashioned something in the vein of this mannered chamber piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2012
Sometimes a feast of acting isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 10, 2012
A brilliantly acted semi-dud.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 7, 2012
Too often the film's moods switch unsuccessfully between the abruptly serious and the broadly bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 7, 2012
Rush and Davis are two of the best actors in the business, and their brittle gamesmanship and rue holds the screen. But the film is disappointingly lackluster -- a mild squall instead of a storm.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
September 7, 2012
The actors and Fred Schepisi's direction are impeccable but so what? A brilliantly designed death watch is still a death watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 7, 2012
It all feels like a whittled-down miniseries.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 6, 2012
The project's ambitions turn out to be greater than its ability to achieve them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 6, 2012
[A] dramatically unsteady, blustery if likable film, which was adapted by Judy Morris from the Patrick White novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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September 6, 2012
Schepisi orchestrates these vitriolic cat-and-mouse games with great subtlety and skill, and you can almost feel the pleasure he takes in watching these actors do what they do best.
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