Before Midnight Reviews

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April 5, 2020
Having spent some of the most romantic scenes in all of cinema in their company (a stroll at dawn in Vienna, Delpy singing "A Waltz for a Night"), the thought of their divorce will hit you harder than any of your own breakups.
January 7, 2020
Beautifully lensed by Christos Voudouris, the light, the location are celebratory and metaphoric with a timeless classic beauty serving as a testament to the battles of life and marriage and surviving with dignity and grace.
November 26, 2019
Painfully honest, refreshing with wonderful lead performances, Before Midnight is an intimate and charming comedy drama.
August 28, 2019
Unleashing a stream of feminist consciousness that is both outraged and outrageous-and cathartic because we are laughing with her, not at her-Céline emerges as a 21st-century hero and Delpy as the Carole Lombard of our time.
August 27, 2019
Before Midnight is quiet, shrewd and sparse. It is unassuming and unafraid to poke fun at its own sporadic pretentiousness. It is funny. It is heartwarming. It is heartbreaking. It is inspired.
August 20, 2019
One can't quite (and shouldn't) consider this to be the absolute last we'll see of these beloved characters... but as far as worthwhile and natural progression goes, Linklater and crew would be hard pressed to best Before Midnight.
August 6, 2019
Before Midnight is a great date movie-for a couple willing to risk getting locked in the kind of discussion after that may not end before midnight.
April 12, 2019
Unblemished and smooth-as-silk, flowing from one moment to the next like water. It's a seamless experience.
March 16, 2019
Linklater tries almost too hard and pre-determinedly to create a supposedly bathetic and neurotic fortysomething counterpoint to the "what if" musings of the earlier two films
March 13, 2019
I was equally drawn to and repelled by the characters on the screen and the real people, mewling and squirming, in the seats of the theater.
February 26, 2019
This is the most mature romance I can remember seeing onscreen.
February 26, 2019
There's drama, truth, poignancy and joy on display here. As Linklater knows all to well, it's a potent, engrossing combination.
August 23, 2018
When all's said and done, Linklater's Before Midnight proves a fitting conclusion to a lovingly constructed trilogy of films.
February 21, 2018
... you're unlikely to see a more riveting new film this year.
December 3, 2017
The first movie was all about possibility. The second was about making a decision. Before Midnight is about consequences. Together they are a fascinating look at how we live and love.
October 6, 2017
... what makes this chapter more discomforting (and more profound) is not the accuracy but honesty of their bottled-up resentment, while the lilting rhythms of their conversations and digressions and Linklater's gently graceful direction draws us in ...
September 6, 2017
While the film has certainly satisfied many audiences and critics across the board, I was left very cold and bewildered, questioning what I even saw.
September 5, 2017
Beautifully bittersweet, gloriously funny and achingly real; the older Jesse and Cline get, the more likeable they become.
August 28, 2017
What Before Midnight understands about relationships - and what virtually no other mainstream film is willing to acknowledge - is that getting together is the easy part. Staying together is hard.
July 12, 2017
The film is an absolute marvel, showcasing the very best dialogue and capturing the sheer essence of acting brilliance from stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
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