Written December 18, 2010
This movie contains some of the most revealingly nuanced acting to be seen on a screen this year. The sad, sweet release of RABBIT HOLE lies precisely in the access it allows to the pain of others, in its meticulously mapped empathy. With an exceptional, emotionally transparent cast led by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, both giving the best performances of their careers. The anatomy of grief in this films doesn't so much jerk tears as tap them, from a reservoir of feelings common to anyone who has experienced the landscape-shifting vacuum left by a death in the family. Anyone who has ever gone through the possessions of a deceased family member or close friend understands instantly the crispness of Kidman's characters tone. She makes it clear that the wound beneath the Band-Aid never really stops hurting. This cast that includes Diane Wiest, Tammy Blanchard, and Sandra Oh has a way of letting the audience know that sometimes great sorrow is simply beyond words. Excellent Film!
Written December 19, 2010
I was very much looking forward to seeing this film, and it did not disappoint. This was a very powerful, raw, beautiful and occasionally funny story that completely captured me. Nicole Kidman's performance was flawless. Her ability to not only make you understand but also feel the transitioning pain she feels is absolutely incredible, and at times surprisingly uncomfortable.
Written January 17, 2011
Emotionally hard to watch at times but was really well done.
Written January 22, 2011
This too-familiar tale suffers from very conventional and unimaginative direction, music and cinematography. Despite the wrenching facts of the story, Kidman does not generate much sympathy or empathy. Her reading gives the character a cold edge that is off-putting instead of engaging. I actually felt sorrier for her poor helpless husband who was trying so hard to hold their lives together.
Written February 13, 2011
Excellent piece of work with the honesty and emotional ups and downs of such horrible life events. It covers tackles the why, the helplessness, the sorrow, the letting go, the emptiness, and on and on. Well rounded story telling and firey performances from Kidman and Eckhart. They both completely embody the despair and give super efforts. The subject prevents me from recommending it for everyone, but it is a super film and quickly traverses the complexities of how different folks deal with horrible losses. Full price okay.