The reunion has some lively moments, but a great deal of slow walking and fatuous talking about love, married life and sex.
Frankly, I wanted to stand up, shout "Get a room" at the two characters, and do something more interesting... like watching paint peel.
| Original Score: C-
The experiences they talk about are like so many sound-bites; they haven't internalized the wisdom that the words suggest.
[A]n experiment can be valuable without being successful.
morally ambivalent about the importance of the family unit and personal responsibility...uninvolving dialogue, uninspired directing, deficient acting.
| Original Score: 4/10
There's enough here that a thirtysomething audience, mindful of the complexity of their lives and their own missed opportunities, might respond to. But there isn't much magic.
| Original Score: 2/4
A lot of the prattle seems like the same-old half-absorbed guff that passes for profundity in so much of Linklater's work.
| Original Score: 3/5
The incessant jawboning of Before Sunset is all foreplay and no climax.
It quickly becomes a bore, full of feel-good nonsense and half-baked philosophies from Delpy and Hawke's self-important syllogisms.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A jaw-droppingly beautiful and moving film, as defining a moment for its generation as its predecessor.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
| Original Score: 4/4
Linklater's method, in an age when critics celebrate the egomania of M. Night Shyamalan and Quentin Tarantino, distinguishes him as Gen X's most literary director.
Before Sunset is better, perhaps because the characters are older and wiser, perhaps because they have more to lose (or win), and perhaps because Hawke and Delpy wrote the dialogue themselves.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Forget Spider-Man's tussle with Doc Ock. Forget Shrek's trek to Far Far Away. And forget Harry Potter's latest attempt to endure the snipes of Snape. For me, the sequel to see during the summer of 2004 is Richard Linklater's Before Sunset.
How often does a visual medium make such an elegant argument about the beauty of language, even as it asserts its right to tell a story and move us with its vision?
Charming, talky romance for older teens and adults.
Somehow, improbably, Linklater has now made two of the most romantic films of the last decade, both featuring the same characters.
| Original Score: A
The best movie of the year so far.
| Original Score: 4/4
Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise gets a sweet, sad and touching sequel after almost a decade.