Before the Rains Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
If only the whole thing weren't so pretty.
Nick Schager
House Next Door
January 21, 2011
Mechanical through and through.
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
January 8, 2009
Has the moral overtones of an EM Forster story, but is curiously lacking in emotional force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Rhiannon Sawyer
FILMINK (Australia)
January 8, 2009
While not without its merits (the performances of Jennifer Ehle and Rahul Bose are particular highlights), Before the Rains ultimately suffers from a downpour of melodrama.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 19, 2008
The film certainly looks beautiful as it captures the lush beauty of its mountainous, green Indian landscape, but acclaimed cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan is only partially successful when it comes to the storytelling
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Exquisitely photographed but emotionally overwrought and ultimately tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
October 18, 2008
Here is a movie that the late Ismail Merchant would have been happy to have under the Merchant-Ivory banner. James Ivory is very much alive and working, and one assumes he approves as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
An unremarkable story beautifully told, and should appeal to the legion of Merchant Ivory fans out there.
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
October 1, 2008
One of the most ravishing and breathtakingly beautiful films to come around in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
September 19, 2008
...fails to deliver on the potentially intriguing premise of an interracial romance set in India in 1937, against the backdrop of the Indian independence movement
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The movie has enough fine acting -- especially by Bose and by Jennifer Ehle as the planter's deceived wife -- and beautiful, razor-sharp cinematography (also by Sivan) to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
July 25, 2008
Acting honours go to Bose, his face an eloquently shifting register of shame, calculation and sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
July 25, 2008
Feels as though it should be a compelling drama, yet it somehow simmers along rather frustratingly with only a couple of moments of genuine tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 25, 2008
The movie is prettily done in a fairly obvious way, but there's little insight into the emerging nationalist movement, which remains at best a shimmering backdrop in soft focus.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 25, 2008
The film is fervently acted and well shot, and Das provides a powerful, emotional force, but there is something a little clanky about the whole project...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
July 25, 2008
A brave new chapter in the Merchant Ivory story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
July 24, 2008
In another age this Merchant Ivory production would have led the week's reviews. Now it'll be lost to all the superheroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 24, 2008
Given the racy subject matter, this is an oddly chaste and ultimately underwhelming affair, but it's beautifully shot and the performances ensure that it remains watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2008
As a melodramatic period potboiler it works well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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