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Rain Man (1988)

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90

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 7

This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson's direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 6

This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson's direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.

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Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion of the elder Babbitt's $3 million estate, Charlie learns that all he's inherited is his dad's prize roses and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Discovering that the $3 million is being held in trust for an unidentified party, Charlie heads to his home town of Cincinnati to ascertain who that party is. It turns out that the beneficiary is Raymond Babbitt

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Ron Bass, Barry Morrow

Jan 1, 2000

MGM

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (7) | DVD (34)

Everything about the acting and direction of Rain Man is so exquisitely calibrated and so right that it's all too easy to forget how much could have gone wrong.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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It's an honorable effort, touched by a certain lightness and grace.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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What no one can argue is that Rain Man is Cruise's quantum leap, so that it can be said unblushingly that he holds his own with the masterly Hoffman.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The strength of the film is really that of Cruise's performance, his finest since Risky Business.

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Rain Man's restraint is, finally, rather like Raymond's gabble. It discourages connections, keeping you out instead of drawing you in.

December 21, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (2)
TIME Magazine
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While everyone remembers this film about an autistic man as Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning triumph, it is equally Tom Cruise's.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

To his gallery of great performances, Dustin Hoffman adds this role.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

When the great screen performances of 1988 are considered for Oscar nomination, expect Hoffman`s name on the list.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It has a heart as good as Raymond's own, which is more than a lot of Hollywood movies can say for themselves at the moment.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

powerful and evocative

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Of course, it's annoying. But it's also funny, touching and true, striking chords without ever reducing Raymond to a performing puppy. Definitely.

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There's something indelible about Rain Man, and not only to those of us who lived through the time when it was a zeitgeist movie. [Blu-ray]

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

If you can somehow ignore all this hype... then Rain Man works as a kind of small comedy.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Story about autistic savant isn't for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a worthwhile journey in character and scenery...

February 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

Delivers plenty of droll humor.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A slick, assured, coming-of-age road movie.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Well written, smartly directed, and sensitively performed.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Rain Man

Charlie Babbitt's transformation is convincing, Dustin Hoffman is excellent and the chemistry between the brothers is touching. The art direction and music are hella dated but the movie is otherwise timeless.
June 19, 2013
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

I must have been about ten or eleven when Rain Man was released and I remember enough about this time that it was seemingly heralded as a modern classic. The fact that it went on to win several oscars - including Best Picture - would further back this up. In hindsight, it's not the classic that its proclaimed to be but still remains a solid human drama.
Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is a self-centred car salesman who discovers that his recently deceased father has left his fortune to his older, autistic brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) - that he didn't know he had. In a bid to get his hands on the money, he kidnaps his brother but rather than it turning into a money making scheme, Charlie finds himself bonding with Raymond on their cross-country journey.
On the surface, Rain Man comes off as a film about family ties, responsibilities and an exploration of learning disabilities. This is true to a great extent but essentially it's a road movie with two mismatched characters and actors. Hoffman delivers another masterful performance and one that gained him his second Best Actor Oscar after "Kramer Vs Kramer" in 1979. There's a real sensitivity to his performance, which in turn, brings a lot of humour. The humour can sometimes come across as unintentional but that's all the more credit to Hoffman's abilities. As for Cruise, he's all cocksure arrogance - like most of his performances throughout the 80's - but he's perfectly fitting and delivers one of the more grounded and mature performances of his career. He plays off Hoffman brilliantly and after playing alongside Paul Newman in "The Color Of Money" two years previously, this marked the second time that Cruise held his own against two of the screen greats - the two of them also on Oscar winning form at the time. Behind the camera, Levinson does an admirable job but his main strengths lie in capturing the subtleties of the performances. Anything else other than that is generic filmmaking. That's not to say that it's poor. It far from that, but I wonder whether it was deserving of a Best Director Oscar. Other candidates from that year included Martin Scorsese for "The Last Temptation of Christ" and Alan Parker for "Mississippi Burning". At least two, that could arguably have taken the award. However, this is the type of material that the Academy laps up; it's a difficult subject in highlighting the complexities of autism and although it's one of very few film's to tackle it, it doesn't provide any answers and doesn't probe as well as it should. Maybe the lack of probing is exactly the point? Autistic savants can't be understood and it confirms that through Cruise's frustrated character. Either way, I found that it became a little contrived and formulaic. This is a small gripe though, as the journey that these two go on is filled with humour and pathos and manages to be both touching and emotionally uplifting.
A thoughtful and affecting story that benefits from exemplary performances and great chemistry from the two leads.
October 11, 2012
MrMarakai

Super Reviewer

I love this film. I usually have issues with 80s films made in this format but this film is one of the best 80's films I've seen. Dustin Hoffman is phenomenal in this film and it shows the progression of the relationship between his character and Cruise's. To anyone who thinks Tootsie is Hoffman's best 80's film, first off you're wrong, secondly this could wipe the floor with Tootsie any day of the week. Rain Man is one of my favorite films of all time and the only reason for it not getting 5 stars in my book is due to the unnecessary foul language on Cruise's part. If it didn't have that than this film could have been one of the top films ever.
March 1, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

It's the king of all crowd pleasers. The simple and intriguing premise of the film came off brilliantly. Hoffman and Cruise (with a much under rated performance) are fantastic together showing excellent chemistry. Rain Man shows us everyday situations from a sufferer of autism's perspective truthfully yet touchingly. The movie didn't feel to me at all like 2 hours. It's by no means flawless but very near perfect. I have a brother who suffers from this condition so maybe the film just connected with me in a special way and made me feel good. Like movies are supposed to do. Amazing film about love and self discovery.
January 19, 2012
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Directors Cat

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    1. Charlie Babbitt: Did you fart?
    2. Raymond Babbitt: Yes I did.
    3. Charlie Babbitt: How can you stand that?
    4. Raymond Babbitt: No I don't mind it.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
    1. Raymond Babbitt: Kmart sucks.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
    1. Susannah: Oui, oui, oui!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (19 months ago)
    1. Charlie Babbitt: I just realized I'm not pissed off anymore. My father cut me out of his will. You probably knew he tried to contact me over the years. I never called him back. I was a prick. If he was my son and didn't return my calls, I'd have written him out. But it's not about the money anymore. You know, I just don't understand. Why didn't he tell me I had a brother? Why didn't anyone ever tell me that I had a brother? Because it'd have been nice to know him for more than just the past six days.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Raymond Babbitt: C-H-A-R-L-I-E. My main man.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
    1. Raymond Babbitt: We have pepperoni pizza for dinner Monday nights.
    2. Susannah: Pizza? You get pizza in an institution?
    3. Raymond Babbitt: Monday night is Italian night.
    – Submitted by Raj G (2 years ago)
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