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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them


A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Actors: Ryan Eggold , William Hurt , Jess Weixler , Nina Arianda , Isabelle Huppert , Viola Davis , Bill Hader , Ciarán Hinds , Jessica Chastain , James McAvoy
Directors: Ned Benson
Country: USA
Release: 2014-09-12
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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Even though we’re trafficking in mostly melancholy territory about lost souls trying to regain their footing, it says something about the tender artistry of the filmmaking, and the beautiful work by the actors, that I’m actually keen to spend more time with these characters and see this story unfold from different perspectives.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    "Them" feels slightly longer than it needs to be and suffers from an unnecessarily busy third act. That being said, Benson's "final" ending is truly a unique choice and a wonderfully moving moment that haunts you as you walk out of the theater.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The reason to see it is the humanity the outstanding cast brings to the film. The emotions these people feel, the moments of grief, of anger, of love and of clarity they experience, feel both real and recognizable.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    At the very least, this implausible trifecta displays an abundantly talented new filmmaker who has risked everything, including the prospect that we may get sick of him immediately. If you care about the remaining possibilities of American movies, then this one – well, one of the three, anyway! – is a must-see. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The performances are uniformly strong and there are some powerful scenes but the overall story arc is less insightful or affecting than one might hope.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The star rating at the top would be two-and-a-half if I were only judging what's on the screen. The other half-star is for audacity. Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    Disappearance is worth watching for Chastain's fierce performance as a woman swallowed up by bone-deep grief. If we can feel exactly what Eleanor is feeling, maybe we're not so alone after all.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The gimmicky title is doubly misleading: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is neither a mystery nor Beatles-themed, but it is an elegantly wrought tale of anguish.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    At its core is a most affecting portrait of two people who love each other, but may no longer be able to live as one, and it is mostly a pleasure to spend two, or three, or five hours in their company.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Once a crucial piece of backstory is revealed, the picture becomes more rewarding for it, emotionally and aesthetically, but that doesn’t temper the feeling that half the film was wasted on arty misdirection.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Without having seen the two-film version, it’s unclear whether the gender-segregated points of view would enhance that emotional intensity or create more redundancy in an already thin narrative. In this form, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby tows the line between just enough and a bit too much.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    It is very much a first film, albeit one of rare ambition, and there's every reason to think that Benson will nail it next time around. The film's absolutely worth watching for the performances alone... But in and of itself, the "Them" version of The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The thing that “Disappearance” does perfectly is, unfortunately, its most anti-cinematic trait. Grief and a romantic break-up have never been more deflatingly, depressingly captured.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Christina Izzo

    Despite the sparkling cast and engaging, well-tuned turns from Chastain and McAvoy, the scaled-down script doesn’t carry much weight, bogged down by clunky, Hallmark dialogue.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    While Benson treats his characters with care and respect, his depiction of grief can feel studied and not felt.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    It boasts (nearly) all the elements of a perfectly fine, even very good, movie, without ever quite becoming a movie at all.

    Slate Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Despite the artful, passionate performances by the cast, his experiment comes across more as contrivance than a work of thoughtful, aesthetic detachment.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    For me Chastain's unerring honesty is the only element keeping The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby above the realm of pure affectation.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Anyone who has ever ended a relationship and taken long walks in the rain will relate, at least until the characters open their mouths.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The film feels more thrown-together than thought-through, but the best moments transcend such problems.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    As a chronicle of the collapse of a marriage, the film is choppy, contrived and cloying.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    Although all the main characters and plot points survive the transition intact, they don’t carry the same weight. Him and Her have an undeniable literary, collegiate feeling, like reading a long novel and getting to know the characters inside out. Them steps on the accelerator in a sort of Cliffs Notes version.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    "Them" is spun from callow romantic notions, the sort that make for heady moments. What's conspicuously missing is any grasp of the lovers themselves.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Denby

    “Them” — apart from a few affecting scenes — is a hollow, high-minded folly.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    Ultimately, Benson's Eleanor Rigby disappears into the gap between its rom-com and drama stools.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    The film abounds in excruciatingly obvious, often precious, articulations of grief, where armchair philosophizing volleys back and forth with punishing abandon.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    I was tempted to remark that Benson doesn't know how to write women, until I noticed that he doesn't know how to write men, either.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The fault is not in the co-stars; they've been brilliant before and will be brilliant again. It's in the laggardly pace, pedestrian writing and murky viewpoint of Ned Benson's feature.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
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