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 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 22, 2013
So much better written than contemporary novels, this film is a literary as well as cinematic achievement to cherish. For grown-ups.
June 20, 2013
Predictably, it's just as great as the first two.
June 20, 2013
As an organic experiment in collaboration between actors and director, it is a triumph, co-created and co-owned by Delpy, Linklater and Hawke.
June 18, 2013
Hawke and Delpy remain as charming as ever, and their combined goofiness is more endearing than annoying.
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.
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.
June 13, 2013
"Before Midnight" is heartbreaking, but not because of Jesse and Celine. It's the filmmakers' passions that seem to have cooled.
June 7, 2013
Before Midnight is fascinating to watch, and so long as Celine and Jesse are communicating, there's still hope.
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.
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.
June 6, 2013
Offers a remarkably intimate and provocative study of a marriage.
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.
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.
June 6, 2013
One of the best films of 2013 and the irresistible climax to Richard Linklater's trilogy of on-the-run amour.
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.
May 30, 2013
Linklater and his actors expose small fissures with an admirable subtlety.
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.
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