The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

6.32 h 2 min2014R
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy dazzle in this drama hailed as "one of the most romantic love stories ever." A married couple torn apart by tragedy tries to reclaim the life they once shared.
Ned Benson
Jessica ChastainJames McAvoyViola Davis
English [CC]
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Bill HaderWilliam HurtIsabelle HuppertNina AriandaCiarán Hinds
Cassandra KulukundisNed BensonJessica ChastainTodd J. LabarowskiEmanuel Michael
The Weinstein Company
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4.0 out of 5 stars

440 global ratings

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FilmGluttonReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
The ending is the only romantic thing about this story.
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Couple lose their child, wife tries to off herself, fails, and leaves husband. Husband spends most of the film disrespecting his estranged wife's requested boundaries and stalking her, trying to get her back, despite sleeping with another woman. Neither husband nor wife know who they are outside of the other and have agreed that they cannot be what they once were. When you reach that point in a relationship, an impasse, that's when it's run its course. Wife goes back to France and at the end it seems that she's returned a year later and is following him from his father's restaurant, which he has apparently taken over, insinuating both individuals have grown. We don't see what happens when she catches up to him, but a "romantic" would assume that they reconnect. Sometimes, taking time away to grow as individual people can allow a previous relationship to flourish in ways it couldn't had the couple stayed together and tried to "tough it out". This is the ONLY romantic aspect to this film; the idea that they have grown apart enough to be able to grow back together. I LOVE Chastain, so I pushed myself through this one, but I did not enjoy it.
JoyBubReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Please do! IMO the reason why people didnt like this film so much is the combination called THEM basically cuts and pastes the two seperate films in such a way that nothing really makes sense. I think the director shouldve released the other two movies and promoted the heck out of the idea of the different perspectives to keep us tuned in. Also THEM shouldve been taken from the third perspective: friends, family, associates/strangers. But aside from that if you dont want to be disappointed or confused watch the two seperate movies included in the video (Him and Her). The acting and stories/persepectives are just SO strong and u really feel for the families. James Mcavoy sometimes loses his American accent throughout the film and its endearing 😂😂😂
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Tim SReviewed in the United States on February 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don't miss one of 2014's most underrated films!
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Although I saw "Them" in theatres and thought it was a great film, it wasn't until I saw "Him" and "Her" (in that order after getting my 2 Blu Ray discs in the mail last week) that I began to really appreciate the beauty and depth of Connor and Elle's respective stories. While watching "Him", I was moved by Connor's chasing after Eleanor to no avail and felt she was a bit callous. On the other hand, while watching "Her", I began to understand that in addition to Eleanor's grief, her identity crisis (and being unsure of what's next) was a bit more paralyzing than Connor's which is what lead to their estrangement. Both films tell poignant stories of grief, love and growing up. I like how there are three different films I can watch, which all offer a different, fresh perspective on their relationship. If you don't need to have your films tied up into a neat bow and are able to appreciate the complex, messy yet beautiful nature of life, then you'll be able to enjoy these films. If not, then these films are not for you. PS: I too suggest watching "Him" and then "Her".
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MisanyaReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch both versions and enjoy!!!!!
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I was very anxious to watch the full versions him/her and was so excited they were included in the dvd. I watched the him version first as I had read a review that advised it but I think it was wrong. I love Jame Mcavoy and think he is one of the most talented actors of his generation. His version is very real and quite heavy and so I think it is better to see Jessica Chastain's performance first. She is so cold in the him version and I think the audience needs to see her in a more sympathetic light. It is easier to understand her in the him version if we're able to see her point of view first. It is a riveting and truthful story that anyone who has experienced loss will be so moved and touched by the characters' pain. And I was very happy with the ending, it was important for the characters to come to that place. And I think we all suffer so much in our lives that to keep going we need hopeful endings to stories.
10 people found this helpful
J.T.'s ReviewsReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
but then perhaps this film is best appreciated by those who have lived long enough to ...
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I'm surprised by the frequent use of the adjective "boring" to describe it, but then perhaps this film is best appreciated by those who have lived long enough to experience at least one significant loss. The dialogue reminded me of how very inarticulate we find ourselves just when we desparately don't want to be. Yes, the film is slow-paced, but that allows for character development, and, yes, the story is told with flashbacks, but, I felt it only adds to the poignancy of this couple struggling with love, anger, and loss. The ending is ambiguous, but, doesn't that leave room for hope? Every cast member is wonderful in his or her role, and Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are heartbreakingly believable in their roles as a couple whose love for one another has come undone. Isabelle Huppert and John Hurt as the parents of Chastain's character are a perfect, if quirky, counterpoint to her own marriage. The soundtrack is usually spot-one, especially the song used for the closing scene and credits. If you enjoy thoughtful movies or sad movies, then this might just be one for you!
16 people found this helpful
C. LeightonReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting in a flawed storyline
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This is a film fans of both leading actors will definitely enjoy. Less biased viewers may not enjoy it as much. It's a very interesting concept, but I don't think it translated well to film. There are actually three films"Him," "Her," and "Them/The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby." Personally, I think "Him" is the best version, but it's also a bit uneven. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain give extremely strong performances and are well worth watching. The problem lies in the writing or editing of the film; none of the versions tells this couple's heartbreaking story as completely as it should have been told. I also wish Ciaran Hinds had been given more screen time; he's also excellent and his character's paternal relationship with McAvoy's character should have been more developed in the film (s).
4 people found this helpful
PatrickReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sum of the parts greater than the whole.
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If you've read any of the critics reviews of this movie then you know it was filmed in 2 perspectives. His, Hers, and then the theatrical release which is combo of two. Surprisingly, the theatrical release is the weakest of the three because they left out too much detail that made the story so interesting. I bought the Blu-ray and enjoyed 'Her' and 'Him' in that order much better. It's almost like 2 different movies because there is very little overlap or shared scenes between the two perspectives. Interesting movie about a married couple trying to rediscover their prior mojo after a tragedy.
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NicReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely movie
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Excellent cast and great story. Looking forward to watching the other 2 versions.
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