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Before the Rains Reviews

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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 30, 2008
It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2008
Producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005, but Merchant Ivory's stuffy tradition of quality lives on.
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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
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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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 15, 2008
Before the Rains is never less than compelling, but never more than adequately realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 15, 2008
It's standard soap opera dramaturgy in wrinkled linens, loincloths and saris.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 9, 2008
So pretty and so utterly lifeless you can almost smell the embalming fluid coming off the screen.
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 9, 2008
The film is well-acted, a broad colonial allegory, and again, visually gorgeous.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
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.
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
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.