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Before Midnight Reviews

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May 24, 2013
It's a wildly uneven enterprise, overall.
June 13, 2013
"Before Midnight" is heartbreaking, but not because of Jesse and Celine. It's the filmmakers' passions that seem to have cooled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 21, 2013
Admirers of the first two films will feel pangs of nostalgia and a residual warmth for its charismatic leads, but as an extension to the series it feels forced and unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 20, 2015
Everything about Before Midnight rings wonderfully and achingly true.
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
October 5, 2013
Before Midnight feels like the natural extension of the series, and will be everything fans of it could have hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 26, 2013
I found it comforting, even cathartic, to know that even 'the most perfect couple' can have its moments of stress and strain when put to the test by the everyday world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 23, 2013
Like the first two films, it reflects the real world in a way that seems almost preternatural. It's just that, here, the real world is a harsher, more disappointing place.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 23, 2013
While not the most fun or sexiest film in this trilogy -- do you want to watch mom and dad fight for 30 minutes straight? -- it's easily the most necessary, and it's the logical extension of where this relationship story should and must go.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 19, 2013
It remains as engaging, illuminating, honest and funny as its predecessor; here's hoping we revisit Jesse and CÚline in another decade or so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 11, 2013
Before Midnight is one of those dialogue-driven indie dramas that make you appreciate the medium of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
May 21, 2013
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's chemistry is off the charts in Before Midnight, a brutally honest look into the relationships of today which will have you flipping from happy to sad with a simple change in conversational tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 23, 2013
It is a bold work that could come only from a strong trust and faith forged over time between the three collaborators.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 28, 2013
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy come off as if they were conjoined for the past nine years in the gloriously-acted, hypnotically-conversational conclusion to the Before Sunrise trilogy -- the year's first legit contender for awards season love.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 24, 2013
Truth is beauty, and beauty truth, but they're not necessarily romantic nine years into a serious committed relationship with two kids in the backseat.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
May 17, 2013
It's a study in relationships, and will leave plenty for couples to chat about afterwards...let's hope your conversations feel as authentic as the ones in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.25/5
May 22, 2013
Finding romance is easy. Staying together is hard. Making a movie this warm, funny, and rigorously truthful about lovers trying to remain partners is even harder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2013
None of the films is faultless in itself, but, tinted with complementary tones, the complete cycle comes as close to perfection as any trilogy in cinema history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 6, 2013
Linklater makes use of unshowy direction and natural improvisation from his leads, who both get co-writing credits, creating a remarkably unforced picture of love kindled and rekindled.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 4, 2013
Takes its traditional romantic tale into more insightful territories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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