Rain Man Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 13, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 13, 2014
A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2014
It's an honorable effort, touched by a certain lightness and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2013
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 6, 2013
The strength of the film is really that of Cruise's performance, his finest since Risky Business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
December 21, 2008
Rain Man's restraint is, finally, rather like Raymond's gabble. It discourages connections, keeping you out instead of drawing you in.
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Amy Dawes
Variety
February 20, 2008
One of the year's most intriguing film premises is given uneven, slightly off-target treatment in UA's Rain Man.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
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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Brian Case
Time Out
February 9, 2006
There is no story, no motor, and given the nature of the premise, nothing much can happen.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Rain Man is so fascinating because it refuses to supply those questions with sentimental but unrealistic answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Neither Levinson nor Hoffman was able to penetrate the mystery of their subject.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Rain Man is far from a washout but you can't help feeling all those missed opportunities raining down on you.