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Before Midnight Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
The Greek ruins, once the perfect backdrop for ancient tragedies, now complement the Bergman-esque domestic discord and disillusionment that are about to unfurl.
Gabrielle Bondi
The Young Folks
July 20, 2015
Everything about Before Midnight rings wonderfully and achingly true.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Sight and Sound
June 22, 2015
Hawke and Delpy, who co-wrote the screenplay with Linklater, make this oscillation between badinage and feistiness, cosiness and irritability, look effortless.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
May 25, 2015
The chemistry is so good it is pratically tactile and their conversations, in the natural way of long-term couples, are free-ranging and show how at times of high emotion, arguments and resentment can resurface suddenly to powerful effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
The previous two pictures were preoccupied with romantic ideals, but this is the real love story. So funny and so wise, it's about how happily ever after is harder than it looks.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
February 7, 2015
If you have been with Jesse and Celine through the twists and turns, slips and stumbles of their romantic journey then their long, flowing, deceptively gripping conversations ripple with the realities of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 27, 2014
Maybe we'll see more of them in another nine years. But if not, if things end here in this perfect trilogy, then that's enough to consider it as perhaps the greatest cinematic love story of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ray Pride
April 8, 2014
Their persistent aggravation with each other indicates so much time spent together, so much intimacy and so little self-knowledge. (They misunderstand each other so well.)
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Wesley Morris
January 6, 2014
This is a universal X-ray of bourgeois love, one that in a few decades will get around to something like Amour.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2014
This film explores the complexities and complications of modern love and life in an international setting with dialog that is smart and elegant, but it lacks the romance and sense of place featured in the first two films.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephen Silver
November 27, 2013
The movie's funny at times and difficult at others, and ends absolutely perfectly. The best of the three.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
November 25, 2013
Delpy and Hawke talk and talk and talk but it is all fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 10, 2013
An excellent statement (and warning) about the dangers of being in love with love.
Thelma Adams
Yahoo! Movies
November 2, 2013
Hawke and Delpy emerge multi-dimensional and riddled with flaws. In a long-term relationship, you may think you know what the other is thinking, but do you ever really know?
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 1, 2013
Like the other two, this is a film that breathes. It just holds on a little more before it's willing to exhale.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
Like the Up series, a return to visit old friends
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 23, 2013
Making a movie with nothing more than smart dialogue and fine performances is a dying art, but Linklater, Hawke and Delpy remind us that it's a skill worth saving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Travis Hopson
October 5, 2013
Before Midnight feels like the natural extension of the series, and will be everything fans of it could have hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 20, 2013
The trouble with those first two film was their souffle-light scenarios...Here, however, things are much juicier as infidelity, commitment, divorce, resentment and all the other soul-sapping things that clock in when you hit your 40s come into play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 16, 2013 the surprising third act, the film comes together as a plausible horror show of how good intentions and real affection can give way to vicious, realistic psychic combat. (
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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