• R, 2 hr. 13 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

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

January 13, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

January 13, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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It's an honorable effort, touched by a certain lightness and grace.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2014
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 20, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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The strength of the film is really that of Cruise's performance, his finest since Risky Business.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 6, 2013
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
Amy Dawes
Variety
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Uneven, slightly off-target.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 20, 2008
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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 5, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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