Before Midnight Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Grantland
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.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 18, 2013
Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 14, 2013
Love is messy here, life cannot be controlled, satisfaction is far from guaranteed. Romance is rocky at best. But romance still is.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 13, 2013
Though "Before Midnight" is often uncomfortable to watch, it's never less than mesmerizing - and ultimately, a joy to walk with this prickly but fascinating couple again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 13, 2013
"Before Midnight" is heartbreaking, but not because of Jesse and Celine. It's the filmmakers' passions that seem to have cooled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
Hearst Newspapers
June 7, 2013
Before Midnight is fascinating to watch, and so long as Celine and Jesse are communicating, there's still hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
June 7, 2013
How (Jesse and Celine) try to rekindle that flame is what drives Midnight, a film that feels so authentic it's like overhearing a conversation you're not sure you should be hearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 7, 2013
Having created and aged into their characters, both Delpy and Hawke are superb at doing what professional actors find so difficult - not seeming to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 6, 2013
Offers a remarkably intimate and provocative study of a marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 6, 2013
Lovely. Insightful. Sad. Funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 6, 2013
If the first two films belong with the greatest (if talkiest) movie romances of all time, the new film is richer, riskier, and more bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure (or not) over the long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 6, 2013
Hawke and Delpy, who co-wrote the screenplay with Linklater, have the sort of rapport that makes you believe they've loved each other for years. This makes it all the more painful when they start to drift apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 6, 2013
One of the best films of 2013 and the irresistible climax to Richard Linklater's trilogy of on-the-run amour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 31, 2013
This one is a slowly evolving quarrel between two people who know each other inside out, delivered with the same intelligence and discernment but, as you might imagine, something of a cold shower.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 30, 2013
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are both fine actors, but you'd be hard pressed to sit engrossed in a conversation between any actors that goes on for more than a couple of minutes. Usually. But not here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Pablo Villaca
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2013
Linklater and his actors expose small fissures with an admirable subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 30, 2013
What Linklater, Delpy and Hawke have achieved with their trilogy is at once fluidly cinematic and novelistic, with stories behind the stories and possible endings beyond the endings we're given.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
May 24, 2013
The Before series has steadily gotten better as it goes along, which is more than any but the most optimistic among us dare to hope for from love.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 24, 2013
Before Midnight is the fullest and richest and saddest of the three movies in the trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 24, 2013
the actual give-and-take between the characters is uncomfortably emotionally accurate, which means it will make an excellent, if challenging, date movie for both new and old couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
May 24, 2013
If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I'd want it to be Before Midnight. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I'd see it twice.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2013
It's a wildly uneven enterprise, overall.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2013
If anything, the films have only gotten better by letting the relationship marinate. "Midnight's" more disgruntled edge reflects what creeps up on couples as years pass, regrets stack up, kids factor in, real life intervenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 23, 2013
Whether they're taking a lengthy car trip or strolling through a Greek village, their badinage is so organic that you'd never guess the two had written, much less rehearsed, all this dialogue.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 23, 2013
Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 23, 2013
Delpy and Hawke, who've invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 23, 2013
Mr. Linklater's shooting style is so graceful and unobtrusive, and Mr. Hawke and Ms. Delpy inhabit their characters with such conviction, that the challenge and originality of the movies are easy to overlook.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 23, 2013
From first scene to last, Hawke and Delpy shine brilliantly, wearing their roles like second skins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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May 23, 2013
Now that we know what was coming, nine years later and then nine years later, Sunrise is like a six-sided die turning into a 20-sided die.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 23, 2013
In the process of justifying its own existence, Before Midnight redeems the very notion of sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
May 22, 2013
Not only as good as the first two, it's arguably better, tackling weightier, trickier issues - as in, mature everyday love - with wit, humor and breathtaking directness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 22, 2013
Finding romance is easy. Staying together is hard. Making a movie this warm, funny, and rigorously truthful about lovers trying to remain partners is even harder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 22, 2013
The strength of Before Midnight is how real everything feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 22, 2013
It's not just darker than the previous two films. It's bigger, deeper, and more searching.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 21, 2013
It can't be stressed how refreshing it is to be treated at the multiplex like a person with a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 21, 2013
Proceed with caution and tissues, and possibly wearing armor.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 20, 2013
Before Midnight counts on our previous investment to keep us riveted. We are.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 26, 2013
An emotionally astute and tremendously enjoyable conclusion to this rather improbable trilogy.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 22, 2013
One of the great movie romances of the modern era achieves its richest and fullest expression in Before Midnight.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2013
Though this stage is harder to watch, audiences who have aged along with Celine and Jesse will treasure this new episode.