(2010)

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76

Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Kidman, in a career-best performance, and Eckhart lend pitch-perfect calibration to the couple's shared and separate agonies. It's as if previous treatments of the subject were a series of failed experiments, and Rabbit Hole is the Eureka! moment.
91
Rabbit Hole is a tremendously sad movie, but it's also the furthest thing from a miserablist wallow.
90
Boxoffice Magazine
It's an unforgettable, moving and brilliantly acted drama that richly deserves to be seen by anyone who cherishes great filmmaking.
80
Variety
Grief may be the topic under examination, but humor -- incisive, observant and warm -- is the tool with which it's dissected in Rabbit Hole, a refreshingly positive-minded take on cinema's ultimate downer: overcoming the death of a child.
80
Director John Cameron Mitchell - adapting David Lindsay-Abaire's play - has a surprisingly deft touch with this admittedly downbeat material; he builds dramatic intensity in subtle layers, rather than slapping it on with a trowel.
75
Eckhart shows a new kind of foreboding anger. He's powerful as a man who will do anything to crack the ice.
60
The film does achieve moments of catharsis, but it can be heavy going.
60
Easily the most gracefully performed grief-porn you'll see this season.
60
A tragedy devastating to experience can feel generic when transferred to the screen, and that, despite everyone's best intentions and an outstanding performance by Nicole Kidman, is what happens with Rabbit Hole.
50
Village Voice
Becca and Howie's extracurricular relationships are the saving grace of a movie that's otherwise a sledgehammer of plot and score.

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