YMMV / Rain Man

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The soundtrack is full of it, some of which is still fun to listen to. "Iko Iko" (by the Belle Stars) and "Las Vegas" are standouts. The music itself is brought to us by the one and only Hans Zimmer.
  • Fair for Its Day: The movie is critizized nowadays for introducing the stereotype that all autistic people have savant skills, and for giving out a strict criteria for autism portrayals when the condition is, in reality, loosely defined. However, the film was responsible for mainstream awareness of autism, and it opened the floodgates for introducing mentally-challenged characters in media. The book Neuro Tribes also points out that the general population became much more sympathetic towards autistic people as they gained a basic understanding of the condition from the movie.
  • Glurge: Despite the general positive reception of the movie and awesome Oscar-winning acting on the part of Dustin Hoffman, for many autistic people, the movie's much more Glurge then anything else. The simplistic portrayal of autism in the movie, and the way it's used as a plot device to teach the "neurotypical" protagonist not to be a Jerkass, make it guaranteed Flame Bait on many autistic support forums.
    • This is further aggravated by the fact that this film created a trend in Hollywood for sympathetic and tearful films about Inspirationally Disadvantaged, which at some point turned into one of the most negative examples of Oscar Bait.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Any time Raymond freaks out.
    • Charlie tries to force Raymond to go on a plane, even after he insists that there's a real risk that it'll crash. But just before they board it, Ray screams bloody murder and hits himself on the head repeatedly (which is something most autistic people do when they're scared or nervous), and it's absolutely terrifying, which forces Charlie into not taking the plane.
    • "HOT WATER BURN BABY!"
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Perhaps due to Autism being better-known these days, some people (even autistics) find the movie pretty unremarkable despite the hype alongside The Rain Man stereotype.
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