The Eye of the Storm Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 9, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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 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
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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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-
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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
Top Critic
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.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
September 6, 2012
Wry drama adapted from a the novel by Australia's Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White showcases outstanding acting, good writing and an excellent score.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 6, 2012
An engrossing and well-acted screen adaptation of a 1973 novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick White about a dying matriarch and her two spoiled adult children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 4, 2012
Its portrait of the grotesque über-privileged has considerable bite, bracingly reveling in the greed, selfishness, bitterness, jealousy, neurosis, detachment, and hunger for power and sex ...
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 1, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] There are three main reasons to see "The Eye of the Storm." Their names are Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush, and Judy Davis.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 9, 2011
The film is blackly funny, incisive and often moving, and the performances are spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
December 9, 2011
Charlotte Rampling has been remarkably good at playing craggy old women lately (see Melancholia) and she outdoes herself as Elizabeth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 16, 2011
It's a rich, sad and bitchy canvas, this film. Schepisi and screenwriter Judy Morris have captured White's tone pretty well.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
September 14, 2011
At times, I felt as if I were watching a series of splendidly realised set-pieces arranged like showcases for watching actors act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rose Capp
The Vine
September 13, 2011
A frank, funny and immensely satisfying adaptation of White's novel and a welcome return to the screen for one of Australia's most accomplished directors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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