Before the Rains Reviews

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November 24, 2011
November 18, 2011
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
It's definitely good, definitely a little bit boring.
July 25, 2008
The film is fervently acted and well shot, and Das provides a powerful, emotional force, but there is something a little clanky about the whole project...
July 25, 2008
A brave new chapter in the Merchant Ivory story.
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.
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.
May 30, 2008
It might have been more convincing if it had emphasized personalities rather than types.
May 23, 2008
Unfortunately, the parade of consequences brought on by the affair has little emotional substance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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