First-time writer-director Christine Jeffs captures the destruction of a family with a blunt accuracy that never precludes a gift for the occasionally lyrical moment.
Fulford-Wierzbicki in particular turns in a performance well beyond her years as Janey.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film's constant mood of melancholy and its unhurried narrative are masterfully controlled. But ... in trying to capture the novel's deeper intimate resonances, the film has - ironically - distanced us from the characters.
Before it rains, clouds cover the sky and hint at the coming storm. Jeffs fully captures that feeling of anticipation.
| Original Score: 4/4
Treats a potentially explosive set-up with adult reflection and thoughtfulness.
| Original Score: 4/5
Far from the first female coming-of-age movie, but it's one of the most vivid.
| Original Score: 3/4
The symbolism may be a little thick at times ... but overall it's a remarkably strong debut that marks Jeffs as a director to watch.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rain is so slight that it almost isn't there, but these performers deftly approximate the sensation of having a craving for someone.
Though Jeffs' material is slightly stale, the fact remains that Hollywood regularly recycles material of a much lower caliber.
| Original Score: 3/4
It is, like weather, what it is, neither good nor bad but something that feels as if it has the weight of the inevitable.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The film can depress you about life itself.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rain is a small treasure, enveloping the viewer in a literal and spiritual torpor that is anything but cathartic.
After about a half hour of this, and not caring a whit about the characters in Rain, I wanted nothing more than to return to the present day.
Quiet, sexual, disturbing, often beautifully melancholic.
Rainy days and movies about the disintegration of families always get me down.
| Original Score: 2/5
The raw talent of the principle actors helps...to elevate the family soap opera above the average.
| Original Score: B-
Unless you enjoy watching repeated shots of people waking up in an alcoholic stupor, you're likely to find 'Rain' a cinematic washout.
| Original Score: C-
Jeffs' meticulous framing nicely counterpoints all the messy turmoil, and her screenplay flows with the cadences of life.
Jeffs creates a lush atmosphere of desire and approaching chaos, and delivers a bona fide shocker in the last reel.
Ms. Fulford-Wierzbicki is almost spooky in her sulky, calculating Lolita turn.