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The Rainmaker Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
June 9, 2008
Coppola has never been particularly known for his comic touch, but here he seems bent on leavening the melodrama with as many laughs as possible, and they are generally honest and well-earned.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The Rainmaker is easily the best of the Grisham movies so far, and it has touches of excellence, but it's a routine work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This competent, anonymous legal drama (scripted by Michael Herr) is the best John Grisham adaptation yet.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It's an intelligent film that doesn't cater to the usual eye-candy we face during the holiday season and is one of the best adaptations of a Grisham novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The overbearing soundtrack, unimaginative cinematography, and indulgently tear-jerking ending ... this all adds up to a surprisingly derivative movie from Coppola.
Read More | Original Score: C
Dragan Antulov
May 7, 2004
A good example of a talented filmmaker making a small miracle out of a film that was destined for drowning in mediocrity.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2004
The Rainmaker aside from being competently made is not something that stands out for being fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Grisham and Coppola (who also adapted the story for the screen) attempt to show us a piece of life, and though the lesson is a bit heavy-handed at times, it does capture the fact that things just don't always work out perfectly in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Coppola adapted the novel himself, and he's done a good job of paring it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Even Coppola slumming (and what else has he done in the past two decades) is worth a look...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
Celebrates the zeal for justice espoused by a rookie Memphis lawyer.
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Coppola has infused The Rainmaker with enough humor, character, honest emotion and storytelling style to make it one of the year's most entertaining movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
It is just as entertaining as it is manipulative and corny.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Despite Mr. Coppola's taste for moodier and more eclectic material, this mainstream opportunity pays off.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The intelligence and subtlety of The Rainmaker took me by surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
Satisfactory mainstream entertainment, with a handful of major actors in juicy minor roles tossed in for good measure.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Francis Ford Coppola, who wrote and directed the film, has made the most of Grisham's ground-level realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Damon and Danes are fabulous together, and even more than the surprisingly complex story and nice cameos and deft and economical direction by Francis Ford Coppola, they are what makes The Rainmaker worth seeing.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Director Francis Ford Coppola makes a good effort, but his interesting character-based approach eventually dissolves into yet another uninspired courtroom drama.
Read More | Original Score: 70/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
What's missing is Coppola's daring imagination and visual flair.
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