Nicole Kidman received her third Oscar nomination for playing Becca Corbett in Rabbit Hole.
Rabbit Hole successfully transitions from stage to screen, with ease and a self-aware feeling that makes it an intelligent and thought provoking film. Of course, most of the monologues go on too long and sometimes have that feeling of protruding and overwhelming doom, but for the most part, the cast can sell it. The story of a couple of have recently lost their child - they try to deal with it in various ways, pretending life is normal, going to therapy, but they are horribly (and understandably) broken, and becoming more and more tense with each other.
I am not fond of Nicole Kidman either - her stilted acting style always seems to annoy me. However, something right aligned in Rabbit Hole. Her big moments annoy me (not to mention Aaron Eckhart is much more impressive) but in her most quiet moments, where she lingers around, reflecting on a situation, Kidman is terrific. She knows exactly how to play the emotions, whether they be explosive or heartbreaking, Nicole Kidman does have the instincts for a great actress. When she knows how to shine, she does so, illuminating the screen with terrifying grief and power.