Rain Man
Rain Man (1988)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 16, 1988
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2000
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This road-trip movie about an autistic savant and his callow brother is far from seamless, but Barry Levinson's direction is impressive, and strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman add to its appeal.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

The story may be too black for many looking for a light comedy, or entertainment-escape. But it's a film that's haunting in the way it unravels the love at the core of two brothers who discover each other.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A fascinating, often very moving, frequently funny film.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The strength of the film is really that of Cruise's performance, his finest since Risky Business.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

The best films are those that manage to generate emotion in their audience without ever feeling phony or melodramatic. Rain Man does exactly that.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's an honorable effort, touched by a certain lightness and grace.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Rain Man's restraint is, finally, rather like Raymond's gabble. It discourages connections, keeping you out instead of drawing you in.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

While everyone remembers this film about an autistic man as Dustin Hoffman's Oscar-winning triumph, it is equally Tom Cruise's.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
One of the better family films, w/o the schmaltz oozing around every single corner, and firmly grounded by three stellar turns in the leads, well written and… More
Joshua Wilburn
I love this film. I usually have issues with 80s films made in this format but this film is one of the best 80's films I've seen. Dustin Hoffman is… More
Letitia Lew
Charlie Babbitt's transformation is convincing, Dustin Hoffman is excellent and the chemistry between the brothers is touching. The art direction and… More
Directors Cat
It's the king of all crowd pleasers. The simple and intriguing premise of the film came off brilliantly. Hoffman and Cruise (with a much under rated… More
Mark Walker
I must have been about ten or eleven when Rain Man was released and I remember enough about this time that it was seemingly heralded as a modern classic. The… More
BG Movie Reviews 2011
"Uh oh..." - just one of the many memorable lines from this instant classic that I just couldn't stop refering to every 5 seconds after watching… More