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Before the Rains Reviews

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Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
July 22, 2008
Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2008
While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 19, 2008
A tale of forbidden love, customs, rising nationalism and epic tragedy - exuding Merchant Ivory quality in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
June 20, 2008
India has rarely looked so beautiful onscreen. Against the anguish of his human characters, director Santosh Sivan juxtaposes a tranquil, green world in the hills of the southwestern state of Keralain 1937, 10 years before independence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
June 20, 2008
Don't be deceived by pretty pictures. Before the Rains has a whiff of the thriller about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 20, 2008
When the rains in Before the Rains finally arrive, there's nothing to cleanse, no real dirt to wash away -- not with history already so neatly packaged and polished to a dull shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 12, 2008
This is a story where passion is political and, as with all political indiscretions, the coverup is worse than the crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 1, 2008
[Santosh] Sivan makes it all quite beautiful with verdant imagery and tastefully melodramatic direction, but at the cost of emotional and social ambiguities
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 30, 2008
It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 27, 2008
contrived plot and shallow characters just don't hold up long term
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Loren Lankford
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2008
Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
May 19, 2008
[Bose's T.K.] is both an observer and a reluctant participant in the tragedy, and in Bose's performance we see the intellectual awakening and politicization of a young man.
| Original Score: 6/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 16, 2008
Well-mannered, high-minded and, despite its potentially inflammatory dramatic arc, curiously tepid.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2008
Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2008
I can't quite recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2008
One of those dopey romantic epics in which many lives are ruined with gorgeous scenery in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
May 16, 2008
A predictable patchwork of forbidden romance, English arrogance, a gun given as a gift, suicide, corruption, deception, rising Indian nationalism and a short-lived chase through the jungle.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
May 16, 2008
There is something especially insulting about a very adult movie told in very childish terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 15, 2008
Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 15, 2008
With all these volatile emotions at play, Before The Rains should percolate like The Postman Always Rings Twice, but... well... it's a Merchant-Ivory production, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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