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Based on 18 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    There is ultimately in Rain Man a soul that emerges. It's not the grand vision found in the great films, but it is a vision nevertheless. [16 Dec 1988] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There've been few screen moments more moving this year than Cruise's initial reaction to his brother's almost superhuman math prowess. [16 Dec 1988] show more

  • 90
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    A film that is both touching and generous of spirit - and funny as well. [15 Dec 1988, p.A16(E)] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    How can you make a movie about a man who cannot change, whose whole life is anchored and defended by routine? Few actors could get anywhere with this challenge, and fewer still could absorb and even entertain us with their performance, but Hoffman proves again that he almost seems to thrive on impossible acting challenges. show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    Though it's well directed, written and performed, Rain Main still slips irreversibly into the so-what category. [16 Dec 1988] show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The story wanders, the plot twists seem contrived at times, and the emotions are never as intense as they might be. But it highlights yet another facet of Hoffman's talent: a gift for monochrome, of all things! And it has a heart as good as Raymond's own. [30 Dec 1988] show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Only after the Hollywood hypnotism wears off is it apparent that Rain Man, fundamentally an artsy sentimentalization of "The Odd Couple," is somewhat less than the sum of its perfect parts. show more

  • 70
    TV Guide

    Rain Man rises above the banality of its concept--another buddy movie crossbred with a road picture--to become a genuinely moving and intelligent look at what it means to be human. show more

  • 90
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times

    Somehow, Hoffman makes all this hypnotically interesting, and, through impeccable timing, sometimes terribly funny--a sweet humor which never betrays Raymond's unalterable character. [16 Dec 1988] show more

  • 90
    David Ansen Newsweek

    In every detail - the superb soundtrack, the rich cinematography, the dinstinctively edgy editing - Rain Man reveals itself as a movie made with care, smarts, and a refreshing refusal to settle for the unexpected. [19 Dec 1988] show more

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