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Before the Rains Reviews

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Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
If only the whole thing weren't so pretty.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
An unremarkable story beautifully told, and should appeal to the legion of Merchant Ivory fans out there.

National Post
October 18, 2008
| Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
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
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
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
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
James Christopher
Times (UK)
July 25, 2008
A brave new chapter in the Merchant Ivory story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
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
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
July 22, 2008
While the characters sometimes feel roughly drawn, the casting is spot on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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+
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
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
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 12, 2008
This is a story where passion is political and, as with all political indiscretions, the coverup is worse than the crime.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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