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Based on 21 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Sexual curiosity is a very dangerous thing in Rain, a dazzling mood piece from New Zealand filmmaker Christine Jeffs. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Through exquisite details, evocative music and bold dramatic strokes -- including a tragedy that transcends the melodrama it might have been -- Rain renders this family's life in its full dimensions. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Rain is a quiet, disquieting triumph. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Movies about the dawning of female sexuality and its links to mother-daughter competition are tough to pull off, but Rain is a splendid example of how to get it right. show more

  • 100
    Loren King Boston Globe

    Affecting, troubling, dazzling film. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    What lingers are the unsettling feelings, inexplicably potent images and realization that some of life's key crossroads are visible only in the rearview mirror. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Jeffs is an unusually gifted director, but her screenplay (based on Kirsty Gunn's novel) never quite gets a firm grip or a fresh perspective on its coming-of-age subject matter. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    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. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    The cast of Rain is first-rate, especially Wierzbicki and Peirse, whose tense relationship is as loving as it is competitive. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Adapted from Kirsty Gunn's acclaimed novel, New Zealand director Christine Jeff's debut feature is a small masterpiece of atmosphere. show more

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