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Before the Rains Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 18, 2008
It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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 23, 2008
Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.
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
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 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
May 15, 2008
It's standard soap opera dramaturgy in wrinkled linens, loincloths and saris.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
May 14, 2008
A lovely, lyrical film with perfect timing that is a welcome relief from BlackBerrys, iPods, gas taxes, punk rock, the failing economy and the boredom of cutthroat election campaigns.
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
May 9, 2008
So pretty and so utterly lifeless you can almost smell the embalming fluid coming off the screen.
May 9, 2008
The film is well-acted, a broad colonial allegory, and again, visually gorgeous.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2008
The ingredients of the Indian director Santosh Sivan's period piece Before the Rains may be awfully familiar, but the film lends them the force of tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2008
Director Santosh Sivan imparts a vastness and a sense of wonder to the film, qualities reminiscent of a Thomas Cole painting: They remind you why the Brits thought conquering India was a good idea in the first place.
May 8, 2008
No amount of lingering shots of nature's rich pageant can make up for its lack of human involvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
May 5, 2008
Rahul Bose has a winning presence -- eager with a touch of wariness or wary with a touch of eagerness, and never entirely at home. He keeps the movie from seeming too comfy -- a good thing.
May 1, 2008
Lacking the emotional power necessary to fuel its contrived plot elements, the film is a minor entry in the Merchant Ivory canon.
September 28, 2007
The emotionally charged mysteries of his breakthrough feature, The Terrorist, have given way to laborious narrative convention in Indian helmer Santosh Sivan's latest, English-lingo period meller Before the Rains.