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Before the Rains Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 16, 2008
I can't quite recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 16, 2008
One of those dopey romantic epics in which many lives are ruined with gorgeous scenery in the background.
| Original Score: 1/4
Rhiannon Sawyer
FILMINK (Australia)
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.
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 29, 2008
Mechanical through and through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
House Next Door
January 21, 2011
Mechanical through and through.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
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Loren Lankford
Entertainment Weekly
May 23, 2008
Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post
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.
Felicia Feaster
New York Press
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.
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2008
It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 27, 2008
contrived plot and shallow characters just don't hold up long term
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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
Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
July 22, 2008
Gorgeous but thuddingly obvious...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2008
Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.
Josh Larsen
May 16, 2008
There is something especially insulting about a very adult movie told in very childish terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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