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Rain Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2002

Rainy days and movies about the disintegration of families always get me down.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 4, 2002
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
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The dialogue is cumbersome, the simpering soundtrack and editing more so.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 23, 2002
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

We get light showers of emotion a couple of times, but then -- strangely -- these wane to an inconsistent and ultimately unsatisfying drizzle.

May 2, 2002
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

[Janey] forgets about her other obligations, leading to a tragedy which is somehow guessable from the first few minutes, maybe because it echoes the by now intolerable morbidity of so many recent movies.

May 9, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Freights a young girl's self-destructive eagerness to lose her virginity with so much danger and even horror that it's as if the events were trying to make up for the film's previous lack of drama.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

May 17, 2002
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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-

June 2, 2002
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

The film can depress you about life itself.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 14, 2002
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2005
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Lindberg demonstrates a remarkable sense of place, a keen understanding that emotions are boiled into a concentrate, not diluted, in the rural setting.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

March 8, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Treats a potentially explosive set-up with adult reflection and thoughtfulness.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Before it rains, clouds cover the sky and hint at the coming storm. Jeffs fully captures that feeling of anticipation.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

August 2, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A master work in miniature, an unsentimental yet not unsympathetic portrait of a family falling apart in slow motion.

April 29, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

September 18, 2002
Eric D. Snider

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 13, 2012
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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Jeffs' meticulous framing nicely counterpoints all the messy turmoil, and her screenplay flows with the cadences of life.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Rain is so slight that it almost isn't there, but these performers deftly approximate the sensation of having a craving for someone.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

July 9, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A beguiling and hyper-sensitive anatomy of a hurting family who, lacking openness and trust, fail to communicate.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

May 4, 2002
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

a lyrically moody, poetically foreboding coming of age tale

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

May 25, 2002
Susan Granger

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

May 29, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

October 26, 2002

Boston Phoenix
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Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 31, 2002

Arizona Republic
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Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

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