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  1. May 9, 2013
    7
    Adapted 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 pullAdapted 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. Expand
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 14, 2012
    50
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Sep 7, 2012
    73
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 7, 2012
    67
    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.