Before Night Falls Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 30, 2011
One of the first features about Castro's impact on artists and homosexuals, this biopic is well acted by Bardem
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
"Before Night Falls" exuberantly portrays a writer whose legacy remains an acutely observant childhood spirit that no perversion of politics could break. Javier Bardem blends the swagger of Robert Downey Jr. and the brooding of a young Al Pacino.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
There is something genuinely moving in Bardem's Rabelaisian poet...
Full Review | Original Score: A
Paul Salfen
Supercala.com
July 9, 2002
Great performances...boring movie.
Top Critic

Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
January 26, 2002
Un cri de coeur...Julian Schnabel's latest work can only be described as one of those soul-stirring cries.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
Some may find Before Night Falls boring because of its episodic nature and its lack of a single, overriding plot. But Before Night Falls has some great qualities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2001
| Original Score: 3/4

Empire Magazine
June 15, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
June 11, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 4, 2001
In uniting to honor Arenas, Bardem and Schnabel create something extraordinary.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Atkinson
Movieline
April 16, 2001
Avoids many of the tragic biopic pitfalls.
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
March 23, 2001
It's as if we've flipped through an album of beautifully proportioned photographs from which we must reconstruct a life, helped along by a performance that seems almost unbearably brave.
March 21, 2001
Sencillamente, una de las mejores y más emotivas cintas del año
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
March 20, 2001
Schnabel can take on an apparently spent genre like the biopic and produce a pair of films that ooze vitality as they give their subjects a much needed celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 12, 2001
Clearly this is Bardem's show. And Bardem walks away with it.
Mike Giuliano
Orlando Weekly
March 12, 2001
Some of Schnabel's out-there tactics work, and some don't, but when he scores, he scores big time.
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 19, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
September 4, 2001

Guardian
August 10, 2001
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
February 7, 2001
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Ebert & Roeper
February 7, 2001
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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