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Overlong but Well Made

8/10
Author: kenjha
22 March 2011

A hot shot business man learns his father has left his fortune to a man who turns out to be an autistic brother he never knew he had. This film is generally well made, although it goes on a bit too long and loses focus at times. Sure, Hoffman's performance is too mannered (and tailor-made for an Oscar) but he is funny and fun to watch as the idiot savant who is obsessed with television. Cruise gives one of his better performances, although his transformation from a self-centered jerk to a caring brother is not really believable. Golino does well as Cruise's girlfriend but her heavily accented English is a little hard to understand.

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Rain Man touches the heart

10/10
Author: suvopyne49
14 February 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A brilliant story ( Written by Barry Morrow), and well directed by Barry Levinson. The movie is about about an autistic man and his a little selfish brother, or one can say the other way around too.

Charlie ( Tom Cruise) , after his father's death, unexpectedly discovers that all the money and estate of his father is inherited by his autistic Brother Raymond ( Dustin Hoffman), whose existence is a surprise to Charlie . The story then moves to Charlie taking his brother away and wanting to do a deal to have half of the 3 million dollars which his brother inherited. In due course he developed a connection with his brother and the movie revolves around their relation.

A stand-out performance by Dustin Hoffman, for which he won the academy award. Poor Tom Cruise, his performance got overshadowed by brilliant Hoffman. But he was really good too. A heart touching movie which you don't usually see.

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A story of self-interest and brotherly love

8/10
Author: freemantle_uk from United Kingdom
5 February 2011

Ever since Tom Cruise became a big name star he has always wanted to prove to the public that he is a serious actor and wanted to win an Oscar. His starring role in Rain Man was his first attempt at getting the Academy's attention but ended up getting upstaged by Dustin Hoffman.

Charlie Babbit (Cruise) is a young, ambitious and selfish car dealer, importing Lamborghinis but is in the middle of a business problem when trying to sell them. He has an Italian girlfriend, Susanna (Valeria Golino) and his only real concerns are himself and money. When Charlie's estranged father dies and leaves him only a 1948 Buick Roadmaster and his prize rose bushes. His $3 Million goes to a unnamed beneficiary. When Charlie finds the route of the money he discovers that he has autistic older brother, Ray (Hoffman). Charlie takes Ray away from his home in Cincinnati and takes him on an cross-country journey as a bargaining tool to gain the money. On the way Charlie gets frustrated with Ray's needs and routine, not understanding his condition: but also slowly builds a relationship with this relative he did not know he had.

For this role Mr. Cruise was in full scumbag mode and he has proved he can do repulsive roles really well. His character Charlie is truly a dislikeable character who only cares about himself; but the story of Charlie follows basic screen writing rules of what he wants and needs. What Charlie wants is money but what he really needs is a family and get to know his brother. Cruise was obviously trying to flex his acting muscles for this role. Hoffman made sure that he gave Ray a lot of traits like talking to himself and lives on a routine of certain food and television problems. He does seem like a man who lives in own world and can not interact with people. He does give a good performance and it was obvious Oscar bait. The two men work best during more tender moments where Charlie gets to find out more about Ray and their past and Charlie does develop a more caring bond with his brother.

To me Barry Levinson is a hit and miss director: he has made some really good films like Sleepers and Wag the Dog, but he has made turkeys like Sphere to balance things out. With Rain Man he does a standard but he does have a few moments of flair: a moment I particularly liked was when the camera follows Charlie and Susanna when they are having an argument. But for most of the time all Levinson needs to do point the camera in the right place and let the actors just interact with each other and make sure there are some nice wide shots and make sure there is a decent editing job. But I did feel awkward at times involving how Ray interacted with people, particularly when Charlie and Ray are outside a farm house and Ray was about to have a fit. It was at times uncomfortable when the film was not tender.

7.5 out of 10.

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Rain Man is heartfelt movie about a selfish man named Charlie Babbitt played by Tom Cruise and the journey that he finds himself on when his wealthy father passes away.

8/10
Author: michelle-stalnaker from United States
11 December 2010

Rain Man is heartfelt movie about a selfish man named Charlie Babbitt played by Tom Cruise and the journey that he finds himself on when his wealthy father passes away and Charlie discovers that he has an autistic brother name Raymond who is played by Dustin Hoffman. The movie focuses on the emotional journey that Charlie and Raymond experience together over a one week period. The adventure begins when Charlie and his girlfriend Susanna played by Valeria Golino are on their way to a weekend getaway and Charlie receives a phone call that his father has passed away. Charlie returns to Ohio only to discover that his father has placed his 3 million dollar inheritance in a trust and left Charlie with only a car. The journey continues when Charlie takes Raymond from the facility where he has been living since he was a small child and they drive cross country from Ohio to Los Angeles. Charlie learns many things about himself on this adventure that takes many twists and turns. Charlie discovers what it is like to have family and how important his brother is to him. At the end of the film, Charlie turns down a large sum of money to try to get custody of his brother. The film ends with the two brothers parting ways as Raymond returns to the facility with his doctor.

The theme of this film is that family is very important. Charlie spent most of his adult live alone and only focused on himself and his needs and when his father passed away he was focused on how it was going to benefit him. He learned through the course of this film that family is much more important than money and that Raymond needed his brother and he needed Raymond as they are the only family that each other has. Charlie learned that he was a selfish man and that he had to take other people's needs into consideration instead of focusing so much on his own needs.

This film has a very serious aspect to it while certain aspects of the film make you smile or even laugh. The theme in this film is very similar to the theme in the movie Big Daddy starring Adam Sandler as guy who does not need his family because they tell him that he is wasting his life. In this movie Sandler realizes how important family is when he takes care of his friend's child. This theme in this film is also about the importance of family and taking care of your family. Rain Man is a much more serious film but the themes of the two films are very similar.

The film uses many different ways to demonstrate the seriousness of this film and how it has impacted Charlie. There was a common motif used throughout the film that focused on money. Charlie was always happy when he had money or thought that he had money. This was represented numerous times throughout the movie. For example, Charlie was very anxious to go meet with the lawyer about his father's will until he realized that his father did not leave his estate to him. The film demonstrated several times that Charlie was very focused and driven by money.

The lighting used in this film was also very important because it demonstrated the different moods and atmospheres throughout the film. The lighting was used to show happy times and depressing times throughout the film. The lighting was dull and somewhat dark when Charlie and Susanna first visited the facility where Raymond was living. This provided a sense of sorrow for the people living in this facility because it seemed sort of dark and dreary. The lighting for the outside scenes were really bright and cheerful as if the film was trying to make a subtle point about live at the facility.

The theme really makes this film great because it allows the viewer to reflect on his or her own relationships. Films that cause people to think about their own situations and reflect are very important because they cause the viewer to think about the film in a very serious manner which may impact their future relationships. The theme of this film will make a lasting impression on most people who watch this film.

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A moving brotherly story

8/10
Author: colebt33-780-179547 from Australia
7 October 2010

Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman play two brothers on a road trip, one of them is autistic, and one of them is ignorant and selfish, and cares of not much else but to get what he believes he deserves. Course it's obvious which actor played the autistic one, Dustin Hoffman of course, Tom Cruise couldn't pull off something like that, and even if he could, it wouldn't be any near as good as Hoffman's portrayal. "Rain Man" is a touching tale of brotherly bond and self discovery that had a very deep impact on me personally, because like Charlie Baggitt (Tom Cruise) I also have a brother who is autistic, so I understand the sheer frustration and anger that he experiences in this movie. What was really moving about this movie was the amazing transformation that Cruise's character took on while on this road trip. What started out as an act of kidnapping, provoked by desperation and anger for his father, became a life changing emotional journey. Past memories are redefined and new feelings of compassion and love are introduced and it's an incredibly heart provoking experience. Some of the most powerful moments you have ever seen take place between two people are featured in this movie (The last scene: where the two brothers are finally separated after a very long week of spending time together, when Raymond gets on the train to go back to Wolbrook and Charlie watches him leave, it's a very saddening time and I almost broke out in tears, almost.) Barry Levinson has succeeded in creating characters that you can really care about, as well as creating his best movie ever. It's an unforgettably heart-warming story of brotherly bond, powered by an Oscar winning performance by Dustin Hoffman, and the part that set Tom Cruise up for life. Miss it, and miss out.

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Driving with Rainman

10/10
Author: Petri Pelkonen (petri_pelkonen@hotmail.com) from Finland
31 August 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Charlie Babbitt is not a good man.He's a LA cardealer and a selfish yuppie who's main interest is money.Even his gorgeous girlfriend, Susanna, gets overlooked.Then his father, whom he haven't seen in years dies.All he gets is a 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible and several prize rosebushes while an undisclosed trustee gets $3 million.Charlie wants to find out who gets all that money and finds out he has a brother in a mental institution.Raymond Babbitt is an autistic savant who follows his everyday routines step by step.But Charlie takes him away from his routines, because he wants the money.They can't fly to LA because Raymond freaks out of the idea of flying.So they drive instead.During the journey Charlie becomes a bigger and better man.Rainman (1988) is directed by Barry Levinson, after Martin Brest, Steven Spielberg and Sydney Pollack couldn't do it.The men behind the brilliant screenplay are Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass.Tom Cruise as Charlie and Dustin Hoffman as Raymond are definitely the right men to play the parts.Valeria Golino is perfect in her role as Suasanna.Jerry Molen is terrific as Dr. Bruner.Michael D. Roberts is very good as Vern.Director Levinson plays his part as Doctor very well.Bonnie Hunt is great as Sally Dibbs.Dustin's son Jake Hoffman is seen as Boy at pancake counter.Hans Zimmer's music is fantastic.There's a big amount of comedy in Raymond character.The whole "I'm an excellent driver" thing is funny.He keeps repeating the "Who's on first" routine made famous by Abbott and Costello.A number of scenes make this film a classic.When Raymond counts those 246 toothpicks from the floor is a classic.The casino scene is pretty awesome.Since Raymond has a great number memory, they go counting cards.And they win a lot of money.And when they go to the house of big family, because Raymond has to catch People's Court or he will go nuts.Or Charlie teaching Raymond how to dance because he thinks he has a date.But eventually he ends up kissing Susanna in the elevator while the tunes of Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie are playing.It's a beautiful moment when Raymond sings The Baetles song "I Saw Her Standing There" like he did when Charlie was little.And then he shouts "Hot water burn baby" and we realise that is why Raymond was sent away.Comedy and drama certainly walk hand in hand in this gem.Rainman is a classic that will never age.

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Its about how brothers can reunite after a difficult time

7/10
Author: montygums94 from United States
17 May 2010

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"Rain Man" Review

People with Autism are amazingly intelligent. They all can carry on conversations, memorize phone books, follow schedules, recite statistics, calculate square roots, and count the number of toothpicks spilled on the floor in just a few seconds. But they can't clean that abstractly. They can't tell you the price of a lawnmower to the price of a pack of gum. Also, they get rather furious when someone interrupts them in a conversation.

My favorite part of the movie is when Raymond yells out, "Kmart SUCKS!" I thought that was the funniest thing I have ever seen.

Dustin Hoffman (Raymond Babbitt) is a man with Autism. He was living in a mental hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father died and Raymond inherited three million dollars and his brother's were in awe wondering why it went to him. His brother, Tom Cruise (Charlie), never found out about Raymond until that day. He was very furious that his father left him with everything besides an old Buick. Then Charlie travels to Ohio to find out where his fathers estate went. Then when he finds Raymond he abducts him to bring him back to L.A. until he gets his part in the money.

My point of view I think this is a very good movie. It has all the good parts to a movie that I would like. Its funny and it talks about a topic that nobody really sees a interest and has no idea of people with Autism Rain Man works so well because of its simplicity. It doesn't try to perform miracles or discover cures; instead, it merely observes a man's acceptance and self-discovery.

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Cruise EQUAL to Hoffman!

10/10
Author: hnt_dnl from United States
8 April 2010

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I recall back in 1989 right after BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY came out and it was obvious that Tom Cruise was going to get his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for that film, Gene Siskel after reviewing it said that it wasn't BORN that proved that Tom Cruise could act, but RAIN MAN, which came out the previous year 1988. It was at this point in my (early) film-viewing life that I learned that some of the true best performances are not when actors play showy roles designed to win Oscars, but when they play "regular Joes".

In RAIN MAN, Cruise plays Charlie Babbitt, a rather mean-spirited, selfish yuppie whose car business is failing and he needs a lot of money to save it. Charlie's father has just died and Charlie thinks he's about to inherit a fortune, but instead all he leaves him his classic Buick convertible and the rest of the money is put in a trust to go to Charlie's heretofore unknown autistic savant half-brother Raymond, played by Best Actor Dustin Hoffman.

As far as I'm concerned, Hoffman is one of the top 5 film actors of all time, and as impressed as I was with how convincing he was in this role, I was EQUALLY impressed with how perfect Cruise's performance was! This film does not work if Charlie's reactions to Raymond come across as somewhat false, sentimental, predictable, or schmaltzy and Cruise avoids all these traits and delivers a real performance. One particular scene that I found to be incredibly real ironically had nothing to do with Raymond and was before his character was introduced. When Charlie finds out his father left him essentially nothing, he spoke in a fast-talking, ranting manner summing up his disgust and disdain for what his father had done to him; it underscores the essence Charlie. Cruise had obviously played jerky, rather unlikable characters before, but in RAIN MAN, he is working with a much better script and this just feels like the first REAL performance of his career.

Now, that said, one really has to be blown away by how great Hoffman is playing Raymond. There is not one false note in his performance and so his Best Actor Oscar is thoroughly deserved. Can't really argue with it. But retrospect is a son of a gun and I'll be darned if Cruise did not at the very least deserve a Best Actor NOMINATION! That would have been fitting as well. I know who the other 4 nominees are and have seen those films and performances and NONE of them are as good as Cruise was in this!

RAIN MAN, the Best Picture of 1988, was directed by Best Director Barry Levinson. What's amazing about the film is that it is essentially a two-character play but always remains watchable due to these 2 enduring performances. We get to see a genuine relationship (as good as it can) develop between these 2 characters and it never really gets boring or devolves into schmaltz or sentimentality. Just genuine character interaction and development. Great film.

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Honest sense of humor makes "Rain Man" a surprise classic

8/10
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA
20 August 2009

"Rain Man" might be most remembered for Dustin Hoffman's brave and remarkable performance as autistic savant Raymond Babbitt, but the film's greatest strength lies elsewhere: its sense of humor. At first, you're inclined not to laugh at Raymond's oddities and especially not at the way his brother Charlie (Tom Cruise) treats him, but as the film progresses, you become less worried about being respectful and suddenly "Rain Man" is really just a film about two brothers on the road together, sometimes sharing funny moments, sometimes sharing tough ones -- but who discover something about themselves through their newfound relationship.

"Diner " director Barry Levinson, who has always carried his sense of humor about him in all his projects, is responsible for much of this tone to what is a challenging story. Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow do write in some humor, but when summarized, this film does not have a pleasant story line. It's about a young man who's angry that his father left him nothing upon his death, finds out it all went to an autistic brother he never knew he had and in his rage, as sort of a ransom, kidnaps his brother and heads for L.A.

Cruise plays an unlikable yuppie with no patience or sympathy for his brother's condition. He's entirely selfish and blinded by deep-seated father issues having grown up without a mother and leaving his father after a dispute at age 16. It's a good role for Cruise, having played rebellious younger characters in "Top Gun" and "Risky Business" at this point in his career, it was a good fit that smoothly transitioned him into a more dramatic role, establishing him as more than just the latest fashion.

Charlie's change is the most significant in the film, and though it's hard to believe he's not being selfish about Ray from beginning to end, it's the transformation in his sense of humor that really sells us. At first he's funny because of how he overreacts to his frustrations in taking care of Ray, but once he understands him, it becomes sweet and genial.

Raymond is Hoffman at his finest, maybe the height of his career after "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Tootsie." Playing the mentally challenged is done so little because it's such a difficult thing and a touchy subject that Hoffman had to have handled with incredible sensitivity as he was developing the character. The real genius in his acting is in his eyes. You can always tell he's counting or paying attention to details and he's mesmerized by the world around him. That sort of guides how he interacts with the characters. Levinson picks up on this and subsequently gets a lot of scenic footage, namely Las Vegas where Raymond is fascinated by everything that sparkles.

The troublesome part of the story is that it glamorizes Ray's savant abilities and at one point takes advantage of them with little remorse. At the same time, it's clear that despite the opportunities for "Rain Man" to just lay on the sap, Levinson wants it to feel real. Even Hans Zimmer (in his first score) was forced to keep the score electronic '80s style, which while awful is a distinct choice in tone.

In real life, Charlie probably wouldn't treat his brother all that much better, he would just appreciate him differently. This is not about changing one's life forever, its about the experience and rewards of brotherhood. All the way to the ending, there's not but a brief moment that would make you want to cry, just be happy that the characters both got something positive out of the experience.

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Rain Man and the Main Man...Brotherhood as the way it should be!

9/10
Author: kal07
15 August 2009

Couple of things I want to mention before I reason out why this is a great film. First, the soundtrack of this film is amazing and very well suited to the film, its rare to hear the background music and feel the emotions that the director is trying hard to convey but this film perfectly executes that part.{It didn't win Oscar for the best original score, that to me indicates the winner must have a hell of a score to beat this} Second, I liked the poster of the film. It clearly shows the distinguishable personalities both the character have. Nice Work!

I consider this a great film because of the following reasons: 1. Dustin Hoffman played an autistic savant and I've seen comments from people saying the performance isn't Oscar worthy because he played a one-dimensional character BUT thats the point my friends, he played the character with such prolonged intensity and dedication that it was truly an Oscar worthy performance. 2. Please don't bash Tom Cruise for no reason. He did a good job and complimented Dustin's character well. Couldn't ask more from him {I'm not a Tom Cruise fan but he did his job here}. I liked Charlie's compatibility with Raymond. 3. The movie was nicely done, Kudos to the director and all the staff involved. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also quite witty and funny.

The only fault if I can say so was that I wanted to see the brothers' relationship get more evolved than the end showed, a little more!

This movie deserves to be in the Top 250...There are many unworthy candidates there who aren't as good as this movie in my opinion.

I give this a 8.8/10

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