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Rabbit Hole Review

Movies.com Critics

4.0

Dave White Profile

Crying time again. Read full review

4.0

Jen Yamato Profile

A deeply affecting domestic drama. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    76

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film does achieve moments of catharsis, but it can be heavy going.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Eckhart shows a new kind of foreboding anger. He's powerful as a man who will do anything to crack the ice.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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, which David Lindsay-Abaire adapted from his play of the same name.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Profound and superbly acted, with a moving script superbly adapted from David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-winning play.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Moving, mature drama about loss is too heavy for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this affecting play-based dramedy starring Nicole Kidman explores the aftermath of a profound loss -- parents mourning the accidental death of their young son. It’s unflinching and, thanks to that brutal honesty, may be too heavy and hard to watch for younger viewers. There’s also some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), pot smoking, and discussion about sex and a child’s death.

  • Families can talk about how the movie tackles the subjects of grief and loss. Does it seem different from other movies?
  • What is the movie's ultimate message? Do you consider the characters to be positive role models? Why or why not?
  • Why do Becca and Howie have trouble supportingeach other through their grief? Does their experience seem realistic?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Although the movie is often sad and painful -- showing that any marriage, no matter how solid it seems, can be shaken to the core by tragic events -- ultimately, it says that even if love can't prevent fissures, it can heal them.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Rocked by a horrible tragedy, Becca and Howie are in pain and unable to cope. But they allow each other space and do their best to accept their uneasy present. Becca also displays an enormous capability for forgiveness, even if she's hard on herself.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Some loud and emotional arguments. A woman slaps a stranger. A couple mourns the death of their young son, who was accidentally hit by a car. Viewers don’t see the event, but it's discussed a lot.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A couple talks about not having sex. A woman becomes pregnant by a man who was seeing someone else. A married man flirts with another woman and contemplates infidelity.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes “prick,” “s--t,” “goddammit,” "ass," “a--hole,” and, once “f--k.” Also "oh my God" and "goddamn."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some companies/brands are mentioned, including Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Ambien.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking. Two people smoke pot (using a pipe) in a car.

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