John Cameron Mitchell
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About the Movie
Becca and Howie Corbett (NICOLE KIDMAN and AARON ECKHART) are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort. The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother (DIANNE WIEST) and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changed everything (MILES TELLER); while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman (SANDRA OH). Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness.The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 190
- Fresh: 164
- Rotten: 26
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Director John Cameron Mitchell's restrained handling of the film's rawest moments keeps it from descending into soul-wrenching lamentations.
Fresh: When Nicole Kidman has full control of her facial muscles she is unrivaled in her ability to play cold, distant emotionally scarred bitches. Its a marvelous performance. That said, the film itself can be so anguished that you will need counseling upon exit
Fresh: Quality drama, sure, but it doesn't go anywhere unexpected. For a film whose title evokes Alice's mysterious journey through Wonderland, it might have amounted to a little more.
Fresh: John Cameron Mitchell has done an amazing job capturing the heart of these delicate characters.
Right on target
Unfortunately, I'm a member of "the club" and I wasn't sure if I wanted to watch this movie or not. I love Nicole Kidman so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly rewarded with the valuable and correct insight this movie managed to communicate. It was like it gave me words to all the feelings that I have gone through and helped me see everything in a more clearer context. There is nothing about this movie that was inaccurate. If you never join "the club" (and I hope you don't), take this movie at face value and believe. Dianne Weist's one singular definition (you'll know it when she says it) will stay with me always.
Most people will like this film, but don't think that the majority rating is commensurate with its cinematic value. Kidman does a nice job, because she is talented actress--though I much prefer her performance in The Hours. Aaron Eckhart is likable, as usual, but his acting ability never quite enables authenticity, instead it just seems as if he contrives anger and sadness by thinking really hard, and affects anything else by not thinking at all; I say this not because his acting is terrible in the way Keir Gilchrist is terrible, but simply because everyone seems to be blindly conflating his acting ability with that of Kidman. The writing is above-average, but not by much: a tastefully derivative* domestic exercise in pseudo-revelation. And kudos to the director for a pretty decent aesthetic throughout.
*American Pastoral, American Beauty, the god-awful, beyond-forced Revolutionary Road.
P.S. +10,000 bonus points for the promotion of marijuana.
P.P.S. Due to Apple’s callous employment of CHILD LABOR, I rented this from Blockbuster. This is not to be annoying like Bono and bully anyone into charity, this is simply to say: if you’re renting this movie anyway, just rent it from somewhere else.
A must see. Incredible performances.
There are few films that get everything right but the one's that do are gems. Rabbit Hole is one of these.
The subject matter is dealt with brilliantly and does not plummet into darkness or depression but instead shows you the way humans deal with loss, each other and the day to day trials of life in general. I love Aaron Eckhart and he shows why he's one of the best actors around by a superb performance in this film. Kidman also is superb as is the young boy in the film who at moments is so well directed that you're left with a huge emotional punch even by the slightest of movements.
Brilliant and even more so by tackling a subject matter that could have driven the film into the depths of despair but doesn't.