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Before Sunset (2004)



Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 171
Fresh: 162 | Rotten: 9

Filled with engaging dialogue, Before Sunset is a witty, poignant romance, with natural chemistry between Hawke and Delpy.


Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 2

Filled with engaging dialogue, Before Sunset is a witty, poignant romance, with natural chemistry between Hawke and Delpy.



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Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in Vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now, they're about to cross paths again--in Paris--where they will get the chance we all wish we had: to find out what might have been. The only problem is they have just a few hours to figure out if they belong together.


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

Nov 9, 2004


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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (162) | Rotten (9) | DVD (31)

It's a lovely, beguiling little film a rare treat during this overheated season of blockbusters. It's also an unusual example of a follow-up that doesn't seem forced, but expands effortlessly on the original.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Shooting in long takes, Linklater and his actors (who get co-screenwriting credit) allow the conversation to curlicue effortlessly from literate banter to matters of the heart, and sometimes to places in between.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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At the risk of overhyping 80 minutes of intimate real-time, this is the soul of generosity, a beautifully vibrant and big-spirited film.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are a rare case of two movies that rightfully demand yet another sequel.

August 1, 2004
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A richer experience than the original.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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While Before Sunset is absolutely consistent as a sequel to Before Sunrise, it's also likely to prove more relatable for those viewers who didn't connect with Jesse and Celine last time.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

...a superior sequel that accomplishes everything that one might've hoped...

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A stone-cold masterpiece.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Charming, talky romance for older teens and adults.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As a romance streaked with regrets, obligations and fears, "Sunset" builds to a wistful, perfect conclusion - a fadeout infused with the idea that a memory's never finished as long as you're alive and one of the loveliest last-line exchanges of all time.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

the film takes a miraculous healing turn at the end, and the characters rise above their ruefulness, and use it as a springboard into hope

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinemania

Well acted, very well written, well told, and bears yet another ending that will keep audiences wondering.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Linklater, Hawke and Delpy have collaborated on the script, resulting in an enthralling snapshot of life from the point of view of two like souls who spark by just being in each other's presence.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have reconvened to bring us this belated, yet very welcome sequel.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Before Sunset retains most of what was engaging about the first movie: it has its gentleness, its romanticism and, most importantly, its idealism. What it has lost is the sense of mystery.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

I was charmed, engaged and moved by the delightful Before Sunset, and without having re-seen the earlier picture, it has been upgraded in my mind in the light of the new one.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A gemlike minimalist triumph -- deeper and more provocative than its predecessor.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

However, between Delpy, Hawke, and Linklater, a script was born and once again the couple meets, this time in Paris, this time for far fewer hours (and in real time).

August 17, 2006 Full Review Source:

The dialogue captivates without ever feeling forced or cinematic...

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source:

The characters eventually manage to get beyond their existential ennui and incessant talking to something approaching romance.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The final 25 minutes of Before Sunset, starting with excruciatingly honest admissions from both parties in a car backseat, are the best filmmaking I've ever seen.

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for Before Sunset

The original Richard Linklater classic featured two fresh, young voices, finding each other in a spontaneous bohemian kind of way. Nine years, and a trail of failed relationships later, and our lovers find each other in Paris, beginning again from the ruins of their shared past. Beautiful for its Parisian sights, but also for its lovelorn dialogue, this film works principally because it's a simple tale of love, having less to do with a pair's story and more with the mechanics of their love affair. The characters are interesting, their conversations are crisp and new, and we as the audience revel in their experience, but also in finding out the answers to our questions from the first film. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke work well together to create an organic and truly magical partnership as Celine and Jesse, and we watch because of their chemistry. The films not only circle around an interesting couple, but show love's evolution and fragility.
May 28, 2014

Super Reviewer

Perfect sequel. Not many like this one.
February 16, 2014

Super Reviewer

Nine years later another chance meeting for the American guy and European lady in Paris. A chance for more adventure.
December 28, 2013
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November 22, 2013

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    1. Jesse: I...I...I thought I was gonna totally lose it in there. When I first saw you...I mean, how did you even know I was going to be here?
    2. Celine: Well, it's my favorite bookstore in Paris. I, um...You can sit down for hours and read. I love it. There's fleas, but, you know...
    – Submitted by Victor M (8 months ago)
    1. Jesse: I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn't do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower. Couple other places I think...
    2. Celine: Is that true?
    3. Jesse: I don't know. I always liked the story though.
    – Submitted by Victor M (8 months ago)
    1. Jesse: Skinnier, I think. A little thinner.
    2. Celine: Did you think I was fat before?
    3. Jesse: No!
    4. Celine: Yeah, you thought I was a fatty. No, you thought I was a fatty! Yeah, you, you wrote a book about a fat French girl!
    – Submitted by Victor M (8 months ago)
    1. Jesse: So that night was like a sad memory for you?
    – Submitted by Prattay S (8 months ago)
    1. Jesse: Oh, God, why didn't we exchange phone numbers and stuff? Why didn't we do that?
    2. Celine: Because we were young and stupid.
    3. Jesse: Do you think we still are?
    4. Celine: I guess when you're young, you just believe there'll be many people with whom you'll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.
    5. Jesse: And you can screw it up, you know, misconnect.
    – Submitted by Andrea M (11 months ago)
    1. Celine: Memories are wonderful things, if you don't have to deal with the past.
    – Submitted by Andrea M (11 months ago)
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