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Before the Rains Reviews

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July 22, 2008
Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 22, 2008
While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2008
A tale of forbidden love, customs, rising nationalism and epic tragedy - exuding Merchant Ivory quality in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 20, 2008
India has rarely looked so beautiful onscreen. Against the anguish of his human characters, director Santosh Sivan juxtaposes a tranquil, green world in the hills of the southwestern state of Keralain 1937, 10 years before independence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 20, 2008
Don't be deceived by pretty pictures. Before the Rains has a whiff of the thriller about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 20, 2008
When the rains in Before the Rains finally arrive, there's nothing to cleanse, no real dirt to wash away -- not with history already so neatly packaged and polished to a dull shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2008
This is a story where passion is political and, as with all political indiscretions, the coverup is worse than the crime.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2008
[Santosh] Sivan makes it all quite beautiful with verdant imagery and tastefully melodramatic direction, but at the cost of emotional and social ambiguities
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 30, 2008
It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 27, 2008
contrived plot and shallow characters just don't hold up long term
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 23, 2008
Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 19, 2008
[Bose's T.K.] is both an observer and a reluctant participant in the tragedy, and in Bose's performance we see the intellectual awakening and politicization of a young man.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
May 16, 2008
Well-mannered, high-minded and, despite its potentially inflammatory dramatic arc, curiously tepid.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 16, 2008
Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.
May 16, 2008
I can't quite recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2008
One of those dopey romantic epics in which many lives are ruined with gorgeous scenery in the background.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 16, 2008
A predictable patchwork of forbidden romance, English arrogance, a gun given as a gift, suicide, corruption, deception, rising Indian nationalism and a short-lived chase through the jungle.
May 16, 2008
There is something especially insulting about a very adult movie told in very childish terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2008
Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 15, 2008
With all these volatile emotions at play, Before The Rains should percolate like The Postman Always Rings Twice, but... well... it's a Merchant-Ivory production, after all.
Read More | Original Score: C
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