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Before Night Falls Reviews

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March 12, 2001
Clearly this is Bardem's show. And Bardem walks away with it.
March 12, 2001
Some of Schnabel's out-there tactics work, and some don't, but when he scores, he scores big time.
March 6, 2001
It seemed to exude more energy into its pretenses than the actual story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
March 2, 2001
Achieves a kind of visual poetry, rhapsodic and turbulent.
February 23, 2001
It's a struggle not just to make art but to exist, which is itself an art. And to that goal, the cast members, led by the astonishing Bardem, allow themselves to be devoured by the roles they are playing.
February 23, 2001
Though Schnabel's first picture, Basquiat, was notable for its excess and self-indulgence, the filmmaker shows restraint and maturity in this moving depiction of Arenas's life and loves.
February 23, 2001
Soulful, deeply moving.
February 23, 2001
Consistently intriguing and surprisingly entertaining.
February 23, 2001
The best American movie since American Beauty.
February 23, 2001
Oscar-nominated Javier Bardem gives one of the year's best performances as Arenas.
February 21, 2001
Although it's sometimes slow-paced and mostly unassuming, Before Night Falls is the sort of movie that can change one's view of the world.
Read More | Original Score: 82/100
February 17, 2001
A visually arresting, well-acted biopic that would be better in Spanish.
Read More | Original Score: B+
February 16, 2001
It's memorably etched in the viewer's mind through Bardem's complex portrait of a besieged but unbowed man.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 16, 2001
[Bardem's] riveting performance as Arenas helps compensate for the filmmaking and storytelling deficits.
February 12, 2001
Bardem is so compelling in the central role that Before Night Falls emerges as a testimony to the human spirit.
February 9, 2001
The main reason to see Before Night Falls is Bardem, one of the few modern actors with real animal appeal and the guts to show it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 7, 2001
A trip to the bookstore to pick up Arenas' memoirs might be a better decision than seeking out this miscalculated character drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2001
Bardem hasn't the charisma to bring variety to Arenas or his plight.
February 7, 2001
Schnabel has fashioned a dense, emotionally satisfying portrait of a man, a time and a place.
February 7, 2001
innovative film
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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