Friday, September 17, 2010

Rabbit Hole: Reviews And Release Date

The buzz for Rabbit Hole, which screened at TIFF a few days ago, has been so good that Variety reports today that Lionsgate has picked up the movie and will be releasing it in the US in December, just in time for awards season.

The reviews have overall been great with lots of Oscar buzz for Nicole Kidman. We can't possibly post them all, so here are some of the reviews where Sandra Oh and her character is mentioned. To read the full review, go to the source.

  • Meanwhile, Howie has his own secret sharer, a woman (Sandra Oh) from group, who has become something of a long-term griever. You realize this couple is gradually coming apart by creating separate lives. - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Not everything in Rabbit Hole avoids cliche-- the one screaming and crying scene between Becca and Howie feels a little forced, and Howie's budding friendship with a fellow support group member (Sandra Oh) isn't sketched out enough to provide more than rote "will they or won't they?" tension. And while Lindsay-Abaire's writing can put too fine a point on things in some scenes, it frequently takes your breath away with its insight; playing Becca's mother, Dianne Wiest delivers a monologue about grief that is all the more stunning for how simply and succinctly she presents it.  - Cinema Blend
  • Adhering to realism when a melodramatic route would offer the easy solution, “Rabbit Hole” feels persistently credible even when things get complicated. Becca secretly finds solace in meetings with the disillusioned teen (Miles Teller) whose actions behind the wheel led to her son’s death. Howie, meanwhile, finds himself drawn into an ambiguous relationship with a fellow group therapy member (Sandra Oh). Comprising the bulk of the story, these scenes allow the tightly assembled cast to act circles around each other and little else. - Indiewire
  • The connection Becca and Jason forge is much stronger than the one between her and Howie. They are certainly in couple’s crisis following the loss of their only child, but there is no evidence that there ever was any chemistry. Eckhart plays Howie as a high-energy extrovert, much like Slattery did in the play, but the former’s chiselled face begins to yank him out of the reality orbit. As an actor, he displays breakdown well, but it is difficult to get beyond him and into the character. (Sandra Oh is hilarious as another parent in their group therapy.)  -  Screen Daily
  • Director John Cameron Mitchell (who made his name writing, directing and starring in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch") might seem like an odd choice for the material, but he shares Lindsay-Abaire's talent for using humor to better explore and understand complicated emotions. The actors—including Dianne Wiest and Tammy Blanchard as Kidman's mother and sister, Sandra Oh as a fellow member of group counseling and Miles Teller as the high school student responsible for the accident—respond with strong naturalistic performances. - St. Louis Metromix
  • The film is a definite slow burn, and one that focused on the life of a husband and wife who had recently lost their young son.  They deal with their issues in different ways as Nicole Kidman’s character attempts to connect with the driver of the car that killed their child, and Aaron Eckhardt’s character befriends a fellow parent of a deceased child played by Sandra Oh. - The Tracking Board
  • Their one overt attempt to deal with grief together, a group for bereaved parents, is an unqualified failure, as Becca can’t abide the group members who seek solace through religious faith and callously calls out one couple about it.  Their very attractive suburban home seems to simultaneously hold the pair together and apart, and as much as Howie wants to vocalise his grief and physically reconnect with Becca, she is physically and emotionally withdrawn. Inevitably, this divide leads them to forge connections with others; Howie with a mother from the support group (Sandra Oh), and Becca with the boy who hit their son with his car (excellent newcomer Miles Teller). - HeyUGuys
  • There's a wonderful scene in which a Kidman disses a group-therapy couple who've also lost a child. They're sharing the notion that God has a plan and He needed their child so he could have an extra angel in heaven, blah blah, and Kidman just shoots that shit down like Sgt. York. Perfect. Sandra Oh gives a fine performance (her best since Sideways) also as a divorcee whom Eckhardt develops a certain interest in. - Hollywood Elsewhere
  • Perhaps looking for closure and unbeknownst to her husband, Kidman befriends the young man whose car hit her son after he ran aimlessly after their dog into the road (a relatively unknown, but startling Miles Teller). Meanwhile, Howie has found a kindred spirt in another parent experiencing loss in a local support group played by Sandra Oh (finally stepping out again from the "Grey's Anatomy" crush), but is holding in an angry raging about just how to move forward with his life.  - HitFix
  • Other key roles are played by Miles Teller, as a high-school student who was driving the car responsible for the child's death, and Sandra Oh as a newly-separated fellow grief victim who reaches out to Eckhart. - NY Post 
  • Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, this film tells the story of a couple trying to rebuild/survive after the death of their young son. Given its pedigree (it stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest and Sandra Oh), I knew that this was likely to be good… but my surprise was only in HOW good it is. The film features excellent performances, a fantastic script, and a great balance of real-world humour & heart-wrenching sadness.  - Lectrify
    • Howie continues to attend Group Therapy alone and befriends another mourning mother played by the brilliant Sandra Oh. With tensions mounting between Howie and Beckie, we find Howie further drawn to Oh's character. In addition to Howie engaging in an emotional affair with someone else, Becca seeks resolve secretly with the boy who killed her daughter accidentally, Jason (Miles Teller). It is in him and not Therapy that she is able to get her own sense of closure and forgiveness. - Mr. Will-W.
    • "Rabbit Hole" — This heavy drama has Oscar whispers all over it, thanks in large part to powerhouse leads Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as an anguished couple reeling from the death of their four-year-old son. Textured performances from Dianne Wiest and Canada's Sandra Oh add sorrow-tinged comic relief to this moving adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. (Release date TBA) - Brandon Sun
    • At Howie’s request, the Corbetts make a weekly appearance at a group session for parents mourning their lost children. At the meeting, they meet Gaby and Rick (Sandra Oh and Jon Tenney). They’re the veterans of the group service: they’ve been attending the therapy for eight years.

      While the Corbetts’ depression is often contagious, Rabbit Hole isn’t nearly as bleak a film as one would expect. The film is often amusing: particularly in the scenes with Oh’s serial-griever and Wiest’s tee-totalling grandma, Rabbit Hole finds a fine balance between hope and despair (to paraphrase Rohinton Mistry). The humour not only manages to diffuse the awkwardness of the situation, but it adds a sense of optimism to the Corbetts’ situation as well. - Cinemographer
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