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Before Midnight Reviews

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.
June 18, 2013
Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 14, 2013
Love is messy here, life cannot be controlled, satisfaction is far from guaranteed. Romance is rocky at best. But romance still is.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 13, 2013
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
June 7, 2013
Before Midnight is fascinating to watch, and so long as Celine and Jesse are communicating, there's still hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 7, 2013
How (Jesse and Celine) try to rekindle that flame is what drives Midnight, a film that feels so authentic it's like overhearing a conversation you're not sure you should be hearing.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
June 7, 2013
Having created and aged into their characters, both Delpy and Hawke are superb at doing what professional actors find so difficult - not seeming to act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 6, 2013
Offers a remarkably intimate and provocative study of a marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2013
Lovely. Insightful. Sad. Funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2013
If the first two films belong with the greatest (if talkiest) movie romances of all time, the new film is richer, riskier, and more bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure (or not) over the long haul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 6, 2013
Hawke and Delpy, who co-wrote the screenplay with Linklater, have the sort of rapport that makes you believe they've loved each other for years. This makes it all the more painful when they start to drift apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 6, 2013
One of the best films of 2013 and the irresistible climax to Richard Linklater's trilogy of on-the-run amour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 31, 2013
This one is a slowly evolving quarrel between two people who know each other inside out, delivered with the same intelligence and discernment but, as you might imagine, something of a cold shower.
May 30, 2013
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are both fine actors, but you'd be hard pressed to sit engrossed in a conversation between any actors that goes on for more than a couple of minutes. Usually. But not here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 30, 2013
Linklater and his actors expose small fissures with an admirable subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 30, 2013
What Linklater, Delpy and Hawke have achieved with their trilogy is at once fluidly cinematic and novelistic, with stories behind the stories and possible endings beyond the endings we're given.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 24, 2013
The Before series has steadily gotten better as it goes along, which is more than any but the most optimistic among us dare to hope for from love.
May 24, 2013
Before Midnight is the fullest and richest and saddest of the three movies in the trilogy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 24, 2013
the actual give-and-take between the characters is uncomfortably emotionally accurate, which means it will make an excellent, if challenging, date movie for both new and old couples.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 24, 2013
If I were only allowed to see one movie this year, I'd want it to be Before Midnight. If I were only allowed two trips to a theater this year, I'd see it twice.
May 24, 2013
It's a wildly uneven enterprise, overall.
May 23, 2013
If anything, the films have only gotten better by letting the relationship marinate. "Midnight's" more disgruntled edge reflects what creeps up on couples as years pass, regrets stack up, kids factor in, real life intervenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 23, 2013
Whether they're taking a lengthy car trip or strolling through a Greek village, their badinage is so organic that you'd never guess the two had written, much less rehearsed, all this dialogue.
May 23, 2013
Bittersweet, intelligently written, deftly acted and painfully honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 23, 2013
Delpy and Hawke, who've invested this trilogy with the fine shadings of life lived, do extraordinary things with small moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2013
Mr. Linklater's shooting style is so graceful and unobtrusive, and Mr. Hawke and Ms. Delpy inhabit their characters with such conviction, that the challenge and originality of the movies are easy to overlook.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 23, 2013
From first scene to last, Hawke and Delpy shine brilliantly, wearing their roles like second skins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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May 23, 2013
Now that we know what was coming, nine years later and then nine years later, Sunrise is like a six-sided die turning into a 20-sided die.
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May 23, 2013
In the process of justifying its own existence, Before Midnight redeems the very notion of sequels.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 22, 2013
Not only as good as the first two, it's arguably better, tackling weightier, trickier issues - as in, mature everyday love - with wit, humor and breathtaking directness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
May 22, 2013
The strength of Before Midnight is how real everything feels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2013
It's not just darker than the previous two films. It's bigger, deeper, and more searching.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 21, 2013
It can't be stressed how refreshing it is to be treated at the multiplex like a person with a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 21, 2013
Proceed with caution and tissues, and possibly wearing armor.
May 20, 2013
Before Midnight counts on our previous investment to keep us riveted. We are.
January 26, 2013
An emotionally astute and tremendously enjoyable conclusion to this rather improbable trilogy.
January 22, 2013
One of the great movie romances of the modern era achieves its richest and fullest expression in Before Midnight.
January 21, 2013
Though this stage is harder to watch, audiences who have aged along with Celine and Jesse will treasure this new episode.