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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 18, 2014
    100
    The shadow of its past informs the latest incarnation of “Rigby,” a deeply moving, beautifully acted and ultimately mournful meditation on the gulfs that open between people, especially when tragedy falls like a cleaver.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 11, 2014
    80
    The film rests, though, on the sturdy shoulders of Chastain and McAvoy. They don’t share the intense chemistry this couple really needs, but they commit to the individual stories with touching persuasion.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 11, 2014
    75
    Jessica Chastain is a shining star with acting skills that resonate beyond her beauty. She is at her fierce, unerring best, which is saying something, in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
  4. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Sep 11, 2014
    60
    As a whole, it doesn’t quite work, but the parts — particular moments, observations and insights about the way people behave and perceive themselves — are frequently excellent.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Sep 18, 2014
    50
    Despite the artful, passionate performances by the cast, his experiment comes across more as contrivance than a work of thoughtful, aesthetic detachment.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 11, 2014
    50
    As a chronicle of the collapse of a marriage, the film is choppy, contrived and cloying.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 9, 2014
    30
    Just because a film holds back the truth doesn't make the truth suspenseful. It merely shortchanges the filmmaker and the audience from exploring what that truth means.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 22, 2014
    9
    A beautiful, Intriguing character study of a couple's struggle with adversity. Deeply moving, beautifully acted with a somewhat flawedA beautiful, Intriguing character study of a couple's struggle with adversity. Deeply moving, beautifully acted with a somewhat flawed script. Not an entirely perfect film, but definetly worth the watch for Jessica Chastain's flawless performance, and the ensemble supporting cast who all shine in their own way. Expand
  2. Sep 29, 2014
    4
    somewhere inside this film there is a good one. but too much time is spent in schools and restaurants, not to mention viola davis annoyingsomewhere inside this film there is a good one. but too much time is spent in schools and restaurants, not to mention viola davis annoying character with an attitude. somewhere, interesting things are happening to the characters and we never get to find out. guess i have to watch the other two? wait for dvd. Expand
  3. Sep 20, 2014
    4
    James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain (whose character is named after the Beatles song) become estranged after suffering from 2 somewhat triteJames McAvoy and Jessica Chastain (whose character is named after the Beatles song) become estranged after suffering from 2 somewhat trite tragic events. With lesser actors, this movie would be insufferable. The situations are predictable and the writing sometimes attempts to be flippant, but is mostly mundane. The brooding and frustration become tedious, but their performances make it bearable. Viola Davis, as usual, creates the most interesting character in the movie. "Them" shows their misery from both points of view. It's planned to release 2 additional movies, one focusing on each experience. After seeing this combo, there's no reason to ever see any part of it again. Expand