• R, 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Barry Levinson
    In Theaters:
    Dec 16, 1988 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 1, 2000
  • MGM

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Rain Man Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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There is no story, no motor, and given the nature of the premise, nothing much can happen.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Rain Man is far from a washout but you can't help feeling all those missed opportunities raining down on you.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 21, 2008
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

There's a great Jonathan Demme movie waiting to bust out of Rain Man.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 16, 2004
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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Neither Levinson nor Hoffman was able to penetrate the mystery of their subject.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Its end effect depends largely on one's susceptibility to the sight of an actor acting nonstop and extremely well, but to no particularly urgent dramatic purpose.

Full Review Source: New York Times

May 20, 2003
Amy Dawes
Variety
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Uneven, slightly off-target.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 20, 2008
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

January 13, 2014
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media

Story about autistic savant isn't for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Rain Man is so fascinating because it refuses to supply those questions with sentimental but unrealistic answers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Rocchi
Netflix

Slightly overrated Cruise-Hoffman Oscar-winner still works.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

Hey...Cruise can act!

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

| Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2002
Lebby Eyre
Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 20, 2008
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

[Levinson's] films are fresh and different from anything else being made

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January 1, 2000
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 5, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Valeria Golino is appealing as Cruise's girlfriend; Hoffman makes his character pretty believable without milking the part for pathos and tears, and it's nice to see Cruise working for a change in a context that isn't determined by hard sell and hype.

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February 5, 2007
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