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Black Rain (1989)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 1


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 27,423



Movie Info

An unconventional New York cop is assigned to escort a Japanese criminal back to his home country in this stylish action film. When the prisoner escapes, the cop must work with a reluctant Japanese police force and deal with the vicious yakuza in order to recapture him.

R (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Warren Lewis , Craig Bolotin
Feb 16, 1999
Paramount Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Black Rain

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (10) | DVD (16)

Considering the caliber of talent, in front and behind the camera, Ridley Scott's violent cop thriller should have been more engaging and compelling

Full Review… | April 7, 2012

...a relic of the 1980s.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Still plays like a more commerical variation of the superior Year of the Dragon, but Black Rain has aged nicely, and is a strong film in its own right.

Full Review… | November 7, 2006

absurdly priceless

Full Review… | October 11, 2006

A big stupid pile of junk. Am I being too forward?

May 30, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Beautiful but not memorable.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Should have been much better, given its credentials

January 12, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Ridley Scott's been better, but Black Rain is rarely less than engaging.

December 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Style wins out over substance again.

September 25, 2002
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Dark and haunting

July 26, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Nothing brilliant, but it's tough to knock Ridley Scott's style and Michael Douglas with a gun.

July 25, 2002

A cross-cultural gem about the clash between two Americans and the Japanese police force.

Full Review… | January 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Black Rain


One of the most underrated films ever made, and one of my personal favorites.

Michael S

Super Reviewer


A perfect 2 1/2 star movie. The absolute middle of the road. Not bad, not great. Well shot, but nothing extraordinary. Not ridden with cliches but nothing too original either.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A great 80s cop movie that managed to stay serious, despite it having a Japanese biker gang and a racism theme. Michael Douglas personifies in many ways the epitome of a loose canon cop during the time. He rides around in a motorcycle with aviators and a leather jacket with tough talk to accompany his look. Ridley Scott shows such a dark and different side of the crime world compared to most cop dramas of the time. In a lot of ways it is the French Connection of its time, with a lot of the same story lines and characters. While it's not as good, it still manages to create this extremely believable and imperfect world of Cops & Robbers.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

I never want to meet Michael Douglas in a dark alley.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Black Rain Quotes

Nick Conklin:
Now I don't know about the box at the club. Coulda been samples, coulda been plates. But you guys got a counterfeiting war going on and you, pal, should talk to your partner before ya go to the suits, okay? So fuck ya very much.
– Submitted by Jason S (12 months ago)
Nick Conklin:
What the fuck are you lookin' at?
– Submitted by Jason S (12 months ago)
Nick Conklin:
Ah, so! Me so solly!
– Submitted by Jesse K (22 months ago)

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