Rain Reviews

July 25, 2002
Treats a potentially explosive set-up with adult reflection and thoughtfulness.
July 20, 2002
Far from the first female coming-of-age movie, but it's one of the most vivid.
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.
May 31, 2002
Jeffs creates a lush atmosphere of desire and approaching chaos, and delivers a bona fide shocker in the last reel.
May 30, 2002
Ms. Fulford-Wierzbicki is almost spooky in her sulky, calculating Lolita turn.
May 24, 2002
An affecting, troubling, dazzling film.
May 17, 2002
Freights a young girl's self-destructive eagerness to lose her virginity with so much danger and even horror that it's as if the events were trying to make up for the film's previous lack of drama.
May 17, 2002
A shimmeringly lovely coming-of-age portrait, shot in artful, watery tones of blue, green and brown.
May 17, 2002
A quietly reflective and melancholy New Zealand film about an eventful summer in a 13-year-old girl's life.
May 9, 2002
A quiet, disquieting triumph.
May 3, 2002
Jeffs has created a breathtakingly assured and stylish work of spare dialogue and acute expressiveness.
May 2, 2002
It has more than a few moments that are insightful enough to be fondly remembered in the endlessly challenging maze of moviegoing.
April 29, 2002
A master work in miniature, an unsentimental yet not unsympathetic portrait of a family falling apart in slow motion.
April 26, 2002
This New Zealand coming-of-age movie isn't really about anything. When it's this rich and luscious, who cares?
April 26, 2002
[Jeff's] gorgeous, fluid compositions, underlined by Neil Finn and Edmund McWilliams's melancholy music, are charged with metaphor, but rarely easy, obvious or self-indulgent.
April 26, 2002
Some of the visual flourishes are a little too obvious, but restrained and subtle storytelling, and fine performances make this delicate coming-of-age tale a treat.
April 26, 2002
A coming-of-age tale from New Zealand whose boozy, languid air is balanced by a rich visual clarity and deeply felt performances across the board.
April 23, 2002
The dialogue is cumbersome, the simpering soundtrack and editing more so.