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Before the Rains Reviews

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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
January 8, 2009
While not without its merits (the performances of Jennifer Ehle and Rahul Bose are particular highlights), Before the Rains ultimately suffers from a downpour of melodrama.
January 8, 2009
Has the moral overtones of an EM Forster story, but is curiously lacking in emotional force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
April 29, 2008
Mechanical through and through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 21, 2011
Mechanical through and through.
December 19, 2008
The film certainly looks beautiful as it captures the lush beauty of its mountainous, green Indian landscape, but acclaimed cinematographer turned director Santosh Sivan is only partially successful when it comes to the storytelling
May 23, 2008
Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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 14, 2008
Will the rains come? Aye, they will -- and so too the colonialist's comeuppance. Although by the time it rolls around many will be past caring.
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
October 18, 2008
It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2008
contrived plot and shallow characters just don't hold up long term
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 15, 2008
The problem isn't just that the material is cliched and vaguely offensive....It's more that the plot is incredibly predictable, the score is manipulative and the denouement completely unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 22, 2008
Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 25, 2008
The movie is prettily done in a fairly obvious way, but there's little insight into the emerging nationalist movement, which remains at best a shimmering backdrop in soft focus.
May 16, 2008
Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.
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 9, 2008
Merchant-Ivory productions are usually visual delights, and Before the Rains is no exception. Pity that the direction and narrative lack passion. If there's anything a story of interracial adultery needs, it's passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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