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While on a family vacation on the Mahurangi Peninsula in New Zealand, 13-year-old Janey begins to realize that her parents' marriage is on the rocks.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Treats a potentially explosive set-up with adult reflection and thoughtfulness."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Jeffs' meticulous framing nicely counterpoints all the messy turmoil, and her screenplay flows with the cadences of life."
‑ Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly
"First-time writer-director Christine Jeffs captures the destruction of a family with a blunt accuracy that never precludes a gift for the occasionally lyrical moment."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"Before it rains, clouds cover the sky and hint at the coming storm. Jeffs fully captures that feeling of anticipation."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Though Jeffs' material is slightly stale, the fact remains that Hollywood regularly recycles material of a much lower caliber."
‑ Rod Armstrong, Reel.com
"Far from the first female coming-of-age movie, but it's one of the most vivid."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Jeffs creates a lush atmosphere of desire and approaching chaos, and delivers a bona fide shocker in the last reel."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fulford-Wierzbicki in particular turns in a performance well beyond her years as Janey."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"The symbolism may be a little thick at times ... but overall it's a remarkably strong debut that marks Jeffs as a director to watch."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"The film can depress you about life itself."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"It is, like weather, what it is, neither good nor bad but something that feels as if it has the weight of the inevitable."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Ms. Fulford-Wierzbicki is almost spooky in her sulky, calculating Lolita turn."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"The film's constant mood of melancholy and its unhurried narrative are masterfully controlled. But ... in trying to capture the novel's deeper intimate resonances, the film has - ironically - distanced us from the characters."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Rain is so slight that it almost isn't there, but these performers deftly approximate the sensation of having a craving for someone."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Rain is a small treasure, enveloping the viewer in a literal and spiritual torpor that is anything but cathartic."
‑ Andrew Howe, eFilmCritic.com
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