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Rain Reviews

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Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
First-time writer-director Christine Jeffs captures the destruction of a family with a blunt accuracy that never precludes a gift for the occasionally lyrical moment.
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Fulford-Wierzbicki in particular turns in a performance well beyond her years as Janey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 26, 2002
The film's constant mood of melancholy and its unhurried narrative are masterfully controlled. But ... in trying to capture the novel's deeper intimate resonances, the film has - ironically - distanced us from the characters.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Before it rains, clouds cover the sky and hint at the coming storm. Jeffs fully captures that feeling of anticipation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 25, 2002
Treats a potentially explosive set-up with adult reflection and thoughtfulness.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Far from the first female coming-of-age movie, but it's one of the most vivid.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 18, 2002
The symbolism may be a little thick at times ... but overall it's a remarkably strong debut that marks Jeffs as a director to watch.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 9, 2002
Rain is so slight that it almost isn't there, but these performers deftly approximate the sensation of having a craving for someone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rod Armstrong
June 15, 2002
Though Jeffs' material is slightly stale, the fact remains that Hollywood regularly recycles material of a much lower caliber.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 14, 2002
It is, like weather, what it is, neither good nor bad but something that feels as if it has the weight of the inevitable.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 14, 2002
The film can depress you about life itself.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Howe
June 13, 2002
Rain is a small treasure, enveloping the viewer in a literal and spiritual torpor that is anything but cathartic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 7, 2002
After about a half hour of this, and not caring a whit about the characters in Rain, I wanted nothing more than to return to the present day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Morgan
June 7, 2002
Quiet, sexual, disturbing, often beautifully melancholic.
June 4, 2002
Rainy days and movies about the disintegration of families always get me down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 3, 2002
The raw talent of the principle actors helps...to elevate the family soap opera above the average.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 2, 2002
Unless you enjoy watching repeated shots of people waking up in an alcoholic stupor, you're likely to find 'Rain' a cinematic washout.
| Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
Jeffs' meticulous framing nicely counterpoints all the messy turmoil, and her screenplay flows with the cadences of life.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
May 31, 2002
Jeffs creates a lush atmosphere of desire and approaching chaos, and delivers a bona fide shocker in the last reel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
May 30, 2002
Ms. Fulford-Wierzbicki is almost spooky in her sulky, calculating Lolita turn.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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