The Rainmaker
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Coppola has never been particularly known for his comic touch, but here he seems bent on leavening the melodrama with as many laughs as possible, and they are generally honest and well-earned."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Coppola has infused The Rainmaker with enough humor, character, honest emotion and storytelling style to make it one of the year's most entertaining movies."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"The Rainmaker is easily the best of the Grisham movies so far, and it has touches of excellence, but it's a routine work."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A good example of a talented filmmaker making a small miracle out of a film that was destined for drowning in mediocrity."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Even Coppola slumming (and what else has he done in the past two decades) is worth a look..."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"This competent, anonymous legal drama (scripted by Michael Herr) is the best John Grisham adaptation yet."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Satisfactory mainstream entertainment, with a handful of major actors in juicy minor roles tossed in for good measure."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"It's an intelligent film that doesn't cater to the usual eye-candy we face during the holiday season and is one of the best adaptations of a Grisham novel."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The Rainmaker aside from being competently made is not something that stands out for being fresh."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Celebrates the zeal for justice espoused by a rookie Memphis lawyer."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Coppola adapted the novel himself, and he's done a good job of paring it down."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"The intelligence and subtlety of The Rainmaker took me by surprise."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The overbearing soundtrack, unimaginative cinematography, and indulgently tear-jerking ending ... this all adds up to a surprisingly derivative movie from Coppola."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Grisham and Coppola (who also adapted the story for the screen) attempt to show us a piece of life, and though the lesson is a bit heavy-handed at times, it does capture the fact that things just don't always work out perfectly in the end."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"It is just as entertaining as it is manipulative and corny."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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