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Before Midnight (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Building on the first two installments in Richard Linklater's well-crafted Before trilogy, Before Midnight offers intelligent, powerfully acted perspectives on love, marriage, and long-term commitment.

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Before Midnight is an upcoming American romance drama film and the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Like its predecessors, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. As with the previous film, Linklater shares screenplay credit with both actors from the movies, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.(c) Official FB
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R (for sexual content/nudity and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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$8,114,507.00
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Cast

Ethan Hawke
as Jesse
Julie Delpy
as Celine
Xenia Kalogeropoulou
as Natalia Wallace
Panos Koronis
as Stefanos
Yota Argyropoulou
as Hotel Clerk
Serafeim Radis
as Hotel Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Before Midnight

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (40)

This is a universal X-ray of bourgeois love, one that in a few decades will get around to something like Amour.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Love is messy here, life cannot be controlled, satisfaction is far from guaranteed. Romance is rocky at best. But romance still is.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Though "Before Midnight" is often uncomfortable to watch, it's never less than mesmerizing - and ultimately, a joy to walk with this prickly but fascinating couple again.

June 13, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

"Before Midnight" is heartbreaking, but not because of Jesse and Celine. It's the filmmakers' passions that seem to have cooled.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

Before Midnight is fascinating to watch, and so long as Celine and Jesse are communicating, there's still hope.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Hearst Newspapers
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Audience Reviews for Before Midnight

½

It is immensely refreshing to see again these two characters who we once (twice) learned to love, now in a story that examines with utmost honest the natural conflicts of married life - which are also present for this couple who seemed so suited for a happy ending together.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

This is the most depressing, and definitely most realistic portrayal of romance, of the Linklater trilogy. Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, now married with twins, living in Europe and enjoying a family vacation with friends. While the first two films were romantic because of what could be, this one is romantic for what they are, who they've become, and what's in store for them. Addressing the problems of the last film, Jesse worries about the distance between him and his son, about how much his ex-wife loathes him, and his own shortcomings as a father and a writer. Celine works constantly and worries about their life in Europe and how they adjusted to their marital woes. They argue, bicker, and yet love each other unequivocally, showing the audience that yes things get rough, and sometimes you want to quit, but in the end love is malleable and never-ending in its simplicity. This is by far the most beautiful of the three films and the best written of the three as well.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Jesse and Celine's marriage encounters hardship as they attempt to manage life together years after their first meeting. It seems that the "Before" films are the only Richard Linklater films that I enjoy. Linklater's penchant for dividing people into two distinct groups, rebels and sell-outs, wanes when he focuses on Jesse and Celine, and the characters have more depth, more intellectual spark, more remarkable conflicts than any of Linklater's other characters. Their conflicts are remarkably real, and the reflections on life and relationships more poignant than most of what we see in modern romances. The plot - and there is a plot to these films - builds organically, borne out of reasonable assertions by both characters; no one is demonized in these films even if there is conflict. The film's climax is touching, heartfelt, and moving. The film's drawback is similar to its strengths. After all, we're so used to quick cuts, shallow multiplots, and scenes that get in, get out, and leave nothing fully explored that it takes a long period of adjustment before we can fully appreciated what Linklater does with these characters. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have the type of chemistry that is rarely captured on film, but I suppose that acting these parts for almost twenty years has its advantages. Overall, Before Midnight might be the strongest film of the "Before" trilogy, but it's hard to make that determination as each is precious in itself.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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