The Rainmaker
The Rainmaker (1997)

A broke, inexperienced law-school grad takes on a huge Insurance company to fight for a woman whose son has terminal leukemia. The insurance company won't pay for the life-saving operation, so it is up to lawyer Rudy to fight for the… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 20, 1997
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Invigorated by its talented cast and Francis Ford Coppola's strong direction, The Rainmaker is a satisfying legal drama -- and arguably the best of Hollywood's many John Grisham adaptations.

Todd McCarthy

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.

Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Rainmaker is easily the best of the Grisham movies so far, and it has touches of excellence, but it's a routine work.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This competent, anonymous legal drama (scripted by Michael Herr) is the best John Grisham adaptation yet.

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Charles Taylor

Satisfactory mainstream entertainment, with a handful of major actors in juicy minor roles tossed in for good measure.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Coppola adapted the novel himself, and he's done a good job of paring it down.

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James Berardinelli

The intelligence and subtlety of The Rainmaker took me by surprise.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The overbearing soundtrack, unimaginative cinematography, and indulgently tear-jerking ending ... this all adds up to a surprisingly derivative movie from Coppola.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A surprisingly poor fairy tale about a young, broke lawyer (Damon) who by luck of the draw happens to become the lead lawyer in a case against a wealthy… More
Dean McKenna
One of my very favourite legal movie adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller. A very delight, emotional and exciting drama about an idealistic young… More
Cassandra Maples
I have hardly ever seen a movie that is as good as the novel it is based upon, so I wasn't expecting this movie to be better than the novel. The story… More
Cameron Johnson
What in the world is a rainmaker? Seriously, I was just waiting for that big climactic sequence in which Matt Damon stands up, the music swells, and then he… More
Candy Rose
Interesting legal drama.
Dannielle Albert
It was a very powerful movie with a great message. The acting was great. It was funny, too!

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