The Eye of the Storm


Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 4, 2012
    Narrative unevenness notwithstanding, those hang-ups are given delicious life by a superb Rush, Davis, and Rampling (the latter often confined to a bed and encased in elderly makeup), who prove a regally dysfunctional trio par excellence.
  2. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    Sep 4, 2012
    An intelligent, visually sumptuous drama that embraces the grandeur of the Australian literary classic upon which it's based.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 7, 2012
    There's a quiet audaciousness about it. Schepisi still seems to believe that if you tell a good story in an artful, straightforward way, people will come to it. He may be wrong, but thank goodness he's still in there pitching.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 7, 2012
    Fred Schepisi, one of the world's great directors ("The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith," "A Cry in the Dark") is working at half-speed in The Eye of the Storm, a convoluted family drama derived from a Patrick White novel.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 6, 2012
    Whether she's lying in bed, her gray hair spilling out around her head, or exalting in existence itself during one of several flashbacks, Elizabeth draws you in, which works for the story and simultaneously unbalances it.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 6, 2012
    Fred Schepisi's sly, stately comedy-drama that will please fans of BBC melodramas. But even on its own merits, its mild manner has sneaky stings.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Sep 4, 2012
    Schepisi is deft with the social-strata stuff, introducing a large Gosford Park–like ensemble to tease out the central trio's dysfunction. So it's a shame that both book and film tilt away from the tart-tongued exchanges, giving increasing weight to a buried trauma that feels a little soggy.
  8. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 14, 2012
    The Eye of the Storm is performed with zest by a fine cast and offers some nicely biting moments but, in the end, falls short of its large ambitions.
  9. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Sep 7, 2012
    Good acting and some very good scenes don't quite add up to a good film.
  10. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 6, 2012
    The Eye of the Storm is an ambitious stab at what might be called the Great Australian Film. The results are off-and-on impressive, but the project's ambitions turn out to be greater than its ability to achieve them.
  11. 50
    For all the talent involved, The Eye of the Storm is an incident-stuffed but lacklustre affair – a case of lots of sturm, but not enough drang – that reaches for a satiric sting and emotional depth it never achieves.
  12. Reviewed by: Russell Edwards
    Sep 4, 2012
    Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis bookend a cast consisting of some of Oz's finest thesps, but Schepisi never gets a grip on a script with awkward literary tics.
  13. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    Sep 4, 2012
    This adaptation of a prize-winning Australian novel is a stodgy slog save for some sporadic moments of blunt force supplied by Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling.
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  1. May 9, 2013
    Adapted from Patrick White's dense novel, this adaptation is fairly faithful to its source material, but is mainly notable for three stridentAdapted from Patrick White's dense novel, this adaptation is fairly faithful to its source material, but is mainly notable for three strident performances. As an eccentric actor Geoffrey Rush wonderfully conveys much of the humour in the piece. Charlotte Rampling is good as the matriarch of this dysfunctional family playing her at two stages in her life, even though she does tend to pull off the younger woman better than the dying mother. This is purely because she looks and acts too young (she is in fact less than ten years older than Rush playing her son!). Still I do understand her casting as there are not many actresses who look as good as Miss Rampling at nearly 70 who could have had the gravitas to fit the dual role so well. Which brings us to Judy Davis. Her performance as the spoilt daughter is the standout. The way she conveys her character through some amazing facial expressions is just mesmerisingly brilliant. The film on the whole is a pleasant and undemanding entertainment. Full Review »