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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The Rainmaker has a mostly plausible story, an engaging young courtroom hero (Matt Damon, Hollywood's new cover boy), a giant insurance company as the perfect adversary and the best supporting cast of any movie this year. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Rainmaker, unlike most Grisham films, doesn't have to drag a high-paid superstar around and give him all the best lines. DeVito's role is in the fading tradition of the star character actor. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Francis Ford Coppola has directed the legal drama with his usual keen attention to atmosphere and texture, although his adaptation of John Grisham's bestselling novel leaves out connective material that would have made the tale smoother and savvier. show more

  • 75
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Coppola again shines his intelligence on this bestseller material, rather than just shoving it through the Hollywood mill unsifted. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The intelligence and subtlety of The Rainmaker took me by surprise. I don't know if this is because the novel is better than any of the prolific lawyer-turned-author's previous efforts, or if Francis Ford Coppola has performed a near-miracle in transforming the written pages into a screenplay. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    Overall, not a great film, but definitely worth a viewing, especially to those who have seen any other Coppola film released this decade. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Francis Ford Coppola has turned John Grisham's pulpy bestseller into surprisingly creditable -- if morally muddled -- movie. show more

  • 60

    It's just so unremarkable. Which, considering its director's monumental output (both good and bad) is, frankly, a bit depressing. show more

  • 67
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Director Francis Ford Coppola, who established his towering reputation with an adaptation of another pulpy pop novel, hasn't exactly uncorked another The Godfather here. show more

  • 50
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Any random episode of Law & Order would be more sophisticated than this heavy-handed, moralistic Southern-lawyer corn pone, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. show more

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