Love will get you through.
"...a lucid, tough, deeply sensitive examination of emotional fortitude. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
|Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. Based on a play by david lindsay-abaire.|
"Wrenching, poignant, and quietly healing. Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...a finely tuned portrait of grief that takes its time unfolding... Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Uncompromising, painful, and at times difficult to watch, this movie lays bare more than a few raw nerves. James Berardinelli's ReelViews
After finding success in the indie arena with HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and SHORTBUS, John Cameron Mitchell directs some of Hollywood?s biggest names with this drama. RABBIT HOLE stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a married couple whose lives and relationship are shattered by the accidental death of their son. Based on a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Mitchell?s film also stars Dianne Wiest and Tammy Blanchard.
Cast & Crew
Independent Spirit (2011)
||Aaron Eckhart, Nominee, Best Male Lead
||David Lindsay-Abaire, Nominee, Best Screenplay
||John Cameron Mitchell, Nominee, Best Director
||Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Best Female Lead
||Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2011)
||Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild (2011)
||Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
4.5 stars out of 5 - "A superlative adaptation....RABBIT HOLE takes grim subject matter -- the sudden death of a young married couple's 4 year old son -- and gives it depth, emotion and surprising layers of humor."
"[RABBIT HOLE] has dialogue that sears, but the canniest thing about it is that it carves shrewd and lively dramatic arcs out of souls who are too damaged to feel their own feelings." -- Grade: B
Los Angeles Times
"[I]t is Kidman we want to watch most of all. When she is distraught and in pain, we can feel it, underlining how satisfying it is to see this actress take on a role that makes such good use of her great gift for naturalistic acting."
Wall Street Journal
"Nicole Kidman places the bereaved heroine of RABBIT HOLE in a nether land between life and not-quite-life. Her beautiful performance transcends the specifics of the script..."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Nicole Kidman is just astonishing in RABBIT HOLE -- subtle, fierce, brutally funny, tender when you least expect it, and battered by the feelings that hit her when she forgets to duck."
"RABBIT HOLE is a finely tuned portrait of grief that takes its time unfolding, much like the actual process of mourning....Nicole Kidman does some of her best, most nuanced work..."
"The plainness serves it, keeping the focus on the exceptional performances and the way grief keeps breaking through into everyday life at unexpected moments." -- Grade: A-
"[I]t's filled with delicately calibrated performances and nuanced moments of connection and disaffection..."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "RABBIT HOLE is entertaining and surprisingly amusing, under the circumstances....Its humor comes, as the best does, from an acute observation of human nature."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] lucid, tough, deeply sensitive examination of emotional fortitude."
Sight and Sound
"As an auteur work, RABBIT HOLE is interesting....It's a brave -- and honest -- film..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "RABBIT HOLE's a wrenching celluloid therapy session, but one leavened with unexpected humour and searing exchanges that ripple with insight. Kidman is on blistering form..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a very subtle study of marriage under extreme strain....Directed with surprising restraint..."
Rolling Stone 9 of 10
Nicole Kidman is just astonishing in Rabbit Hole ? subtle, fierce, brutally funny, tender when you least expect it, and battered by the feelings that hit her when she forgets to duck...It's a rough road, and director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus) doesn't smooth the ride with glib good intentions. This haunting and hypnotic movie blinks back tears in favor of taking on the world, not running from it. Becca hilariously skewers the hypocrisy she finds in grief therapy and harangues her mother (Dianne Wiest), who lost a grown son, for comparing her sorrow to Becca's. Mitchell directs with remarkable skill and compassion without ever going soft on the characters. Kidman, doing her best work in years, just comes at you. Her final scene with the splendid Wiest, who builds her character with uncommon feeling, is devastating. So is the movie. It takes a piece out of you.
- Peter Travers
Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
The film is in a better state of mind than its characters. Its humor comes, as the best humor does, from an acute observation of human nature. We have known people something like this. We smile in recognition.
- Roger Ebert