Rain Man
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Self-centered, avaricious Californian Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is informed that his long-estranged father has died. Expecting at least a portion of the elder Babbitt's $3 million estate, Charlie learns that all he's inherited is his dad's prize roses and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster. Discovering that the $3 million is being held in trust for an unidentified party, Charlie heads to his home town of Cincinnati to ascertain who that party is. It turns out that the beneficiary is Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman), the autistic-savant older brother that Charlie never knew he had. Able to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Everything about the acting and direction of Rain Man is so exquisitely calibrated and so right that it's all too easy to forget how much could have gone wrong."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"What no one can argue is that Rain Man is Cruise's quantum leap, so that it can be said unblushingly that he holds his own with the masterly Hoffman."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"While everyone remembers this film about an autistic man as Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning triumph, it is equally Tom Cruise's."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"It has a heart as good as Raymond's own, which is more than a lot of Hollywood movies can say for themselves at the moment."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"There's something indelible about Rain Man, and not only to those of us who lived through the time when it was a zeitgeist movie. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The strength of the film is really that of Cruise's performance, his finest since Risky Business."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"To his gallery of great performances, Dustin Hoffman adds this role."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"powerful and evocative"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"If you can somehow ignore all this hype... then Rain Man works as a kind of small comedy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's an honorable effort, touched by a certain lightness and grace."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Rain Man's restraint is, finally, rather like Raymond's gabble. It discourages connections, keeping you out instead of drawing you in."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"When the great screen performances of 1988 are considered for Oscar nomination, expect Hoffman`s name on the list."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Of course, it's annoying. But it's also funny, touching and true, striking chords without ever reducing Raymond to a performing puppy. Definitely."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Story about autistic savant isn't for kids."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
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