The Eye of the Storm
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In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper and a solicitor attend to Elizabeth Hunter as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed. But in dying, as in living, Mrs Hunter remains a powerful force on those who surround her. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm is a savage exploration of family relationships - and the sharp undercurrents of love and hate, comedy and tragedy, which define them. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has taken almost two years to reach the UK; you'd be forgiven for thinking it was far longer, given its sub-Joseph Losey pretensions and doily-like styling."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"Too often the film's moods switch unsuccessfully between the abruptly serious and the broadly bizarre."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The film circles (slowly, like an overfed vulture) around the protracted death of a savage matriarch played, with no concessions to subtlety, by Charlotte Rampling."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Although the story holds much premise, The Eye of the Storm survives mostly off the performances of the leading cast members."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"Some very game performances are let down by weak source material."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Sometimes a feast of acting isn't enough."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Rush and Davis are two of the best actors in the business, and their brittle gamesmanship and rue holds the screen. But the film is disappointingly lackluster -- a mild squall instead of a storm."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's a chilly, cruel film about characters that are difficult to like or warm to, and it obviously means a great deal to a country that for so long rejected its greatest writer."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The movie proceeds at a measured and reverent pace, a little unfocused, but with intelligent performances from three heavyweight acting talents."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Director Fred Schepisi strives effectively to mine the gold in Patrick White's social study. Top notch performances from the stellar cast help him nail the book's citric tone."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A brilliantly acted semi-dud."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"It all feels like a whittled-down miniseries."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"It is funny and sad in patches, but never comes completely alive, perhaps because there isn't a single character with whom you can feel fully in sympathy."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"[A] handsome, if patchy, rendering of Patrick White's story of manipulation and dysfunction among the rich and selfish."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Serious-minded, literate dramas are few and far between outside Oscar season, and until a tired third act, The Eye of the Storm just about manages to live up to its illustrious pedigree."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
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