• 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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Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

If only the whole thing weren't so pretty.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B-

October 18, 2008
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B

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
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

National Post

| Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2008
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com

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
Playback:stl

...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
Independent

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
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
Teletext

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
ViewLondon

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
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
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
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times

October 18, 2008

Slant Magazine
April 3, 2008
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