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Before Midnight Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
October 5, 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 5, 2017
Beautifully bittersweet, gloriously funny and achingly real; the older Jesse and CÚline get, the more likeable they become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2016
'Before Midnight' has all the best qualities of 'Sunrise' and 'Sunset' (a love of conversational dialogue, long takes that value the joy of performance and interaction, gorgeous European locations), yet it is a grander and more complicated achievement.
October 8, 2015
The Greek ruins, once the perfect backdrop for ancient tragedies, now complement the Bergman-esque domestic discord and disillusionment that are about to unfurl.
July 20, 2015
Everything about Before Midnight rings wonderfully and achingly true.
June 22, 2015
Hawke and Delpy, who co-wrote the screenplay with Linklater, make this oscillation between badinage and feistiness, cosiness and irritability, look effortless.
May 25, 2015
The chemistry is so good it is pratically tactile and their conversations, in the natural way of long-term couples, are free-ranging and show how at times of high emotion, arguments and resentment can resurface suddenly to powerful effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2015
The previous two pictures were preoccupied with romantic ideals, but this is the real love story. So funny and so wise, it's about how happily ever after is harder than it looks.
February 7, 2015
If you have been with Jesse and Celine through the twists and turns, slips and stumbles of their romantic journey then their long, flowing, deceptively gripping conversations ripple with the realities of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 27, 2014
Maybe we'll see more of them in another nine years. But if not, if things end here in this perfect trilogy, then that's enough to consider it as perhaps the greatest cinematic love story of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 8, 2014
Their persistent aggravation with each other indicates so much time spent together, so much intimacy and so little self-knowledge. (They misunderstand each other so well.)
January 6, 2014
This is a universal X-ray of bourgeois love, one that in a few decades will get around to something like Amour.
January 1, 2014
This film explores the complexities and complications of modern love and life in an international setting with dialog that is smart and elegant, but it lacks the romance and sense of place featured in the first two films.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 27, 2013
The movie's funny at times and difficult at others, and ends absolutely perfectly. The best of the three.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 25, 2013
Delpy and Hawke talk and talk and talk but it is all fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 10, 2013
An excellent statement (and warning) about the dangers of being in love with love.
November 2, 2013
Hawke and Delpy emerge multi-dimensional and riddled with flaws. In a long-term relationship, you may think you know what the other is thinking, but do you ever really know?
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