• PG-13, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Santosh Sivan
    In Theaters:
    May 9, 2008 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 16, 2008
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Before the Rains Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

If only the whole thing weren't so pretty.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Nick Schager
House Next Door

Mechanical through and through.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

January 21, 2011
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

Has the moral overtones of an EM Forster story, but is curiously lacking in emotional force.

Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney | Original Score: 3/6

January 8, 2009
Rhiannon Sawyer
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

January 8, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 19, 2008
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Exquisitely photographed but emotionally overwrought and ultimately tedious.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

An unremarkable story beautifully told, and should appeal to the legion of Merchant Ivory fans out there.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008
Pete Hammond

One of the most ravishing and breathtakingly beautiful films to come around in a long time.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2008
Sarah Boslaugh

...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 Source: Playback:stl | Original Score: 5/10

September 19, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Anthony Quinn

Acting honours go to Bose, his face an eloquently shifting register of shame, calculation and sympathy.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2008

Sun Online

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 Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2008
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

July 25, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2008
James Christopher
Times [UK]

A brave new chapter in the Merchant Ivory story.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2008
Victor Olliver

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 Source: Teletext | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2008
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

July 24, 2008

As a melodramatic period potboiler it works well enough.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2008
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