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Before the Rains Reviews

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November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2011
If only the whole thing weren't so pretty.
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2008
Here is a movie that the late Ismail Merchant would have been happy to have under the Merchant-Ivory banner. James Ivory is very much alive and working, and one assumes he approves as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
An unremarkable story beautifully told, and should appeal to the legion of Merchant Ivory fans out there.
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2008
One of the most ravishing and breathtakingly beautiful films to come around in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2008
...fails to deliver on the potentially intriguing premise of an interracial romance set in India in 1937, against the backdrop of the Indian independence movement
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 7, 2008
The movie has enough fine acting -- especially by Bose and by Jennifer Ehle as the planter's deceived wife -- and beautiful, razor-sharp cinematography (also by Sivan) to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2008
Acting honours go to Bose, his face an eloquently shifting register of shame, calculation and sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2008
A brave new chapter in the Merchant Ivory story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 24, 2008
In another age this Merchant Ivory production would have led the week's reviews. Now it'll be lost to all the superheroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 24, 2008
Given the racy subject matter, this is an oddly chaste and ultimately underwhelming affair, but it's beautifully shot and the performances ensure that it remains watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 22, 2008
As a melodramatic period potboiler it works well enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 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
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