Before Sunrise Reviews

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Allyson Johnson
The Young Folks
April 20, 2015
There's a vulnerable undercurrent beneath this film, one that beats and throbs with the stolen looks, brief touches and romantic under-the-stars kisses.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 22, 2013
Undoubtedly one of the most romantic movies of all time...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
May 28, 2013
...a bittersweet celebration of romantic frisson - the notion that our most precious moments of connection are often the fleeting ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
May 28, 2013
Two strangers quickly fall in love, discuss big ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
April 8, 2013
Linklater captures romance at the sunset of gadget-free existence ... holy moments when no gadget or lens comes between us and our immediate company and surroundings.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 10, 2012
The combination of optimism, tragedy, and the fuzzy warmth of new love is absolutely flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dan Jardine
January 17, 2010
the film asks us to consider the very nature and purpose of our existence in a fragmentary, superficial and transient universe.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
August 16, 2009
Linklater hasn't just crafted a detached portrait of a unique couple: he's painting a masterful examination of human nature, of that relationship we all want, but too often sadly see slip away.
Full Review | Original Score: 97/100
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A thought-provoking, likable, entertaining, beautiful, and well-acted piece of romance...
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 9, 2007
Acting tour de force that feels exceptionally real
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
September 29, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 16, 2006
Hawke and Delpy keep the tone not only afloat but mesmerizing. So natural are their performances that it seems impossible not to believe they truly are soulmates who are locked in a doomed, all-too-short affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
April 29, 2006
Inspired by Godard's lyrical film-essays, Linklater revisits his unreleased debut (also set on a train), while paying tribute to Rohmer's cerebral moral fables. Though narrower in scope, this film is more mature and generous than previous efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Agreeably alluring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
September 26, 2004
É como testemunhar duas pessoas se apaixonando uma pela outra em tempo real: algo simultaneamente mágico, comovente e de partir o coração.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 16, 2004
It's the best pick up movie ever.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
July 11, 2004
While it's a bit awkward and self-indulgent, it also creates two extremely vivid characters and one of cinema's more believable romances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Toronto Star
July 10, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 1, 2011
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Todd McCarthy
March 26, 2009
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 3, 2004
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002

November 6, 2001
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000

Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Scott Tobias
January 1, 2000
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