• 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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Jonathan Crocker
Total Film

Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

July 22, 2008
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine

While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

July 22, 2008
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A tale of forbidden love, customs, rising nationalism and epic tragedy - exuding Merchant Ivory quality in every frame.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

July 19, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Don't be deceived by pretty pictures. Before the Rains has a whiff of the thriller about it.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

June 20, 2008
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This is a story where passion is political and, as with all political indiscretions, the coverup is worse than the crime.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

June 12, 2008
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

June 1, 2008
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 30, 2008
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

contrived plot and shallow characters just don't hold up long term

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C

May 27, 2008
Loren Lankford
Entertainment Weekly
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Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

May 23, 2008
Beth Accomando

[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

May 19, 2008
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Well-mannered, high-minded and, despite its potentially inflammatory dramatic arc, curiously tepid.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

May 16, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 16, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I can't quite recommend it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 16, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

One of those dopey romantic epics in which many lives are ruined with gorgeous scenery in the background.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

May 16, 2008
Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 16, 2008
Josh Larsen

There is something especially insulting about a very adult movie told in very childish terms.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

May 16, 2008
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 15, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 15, 2008
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